Zvonimir Boban (born 8 October 1968) is a former Croatian football midfielder who played most of his professional career for Serie A club Milan with whom he won four Serie A and one UEFA Champions League titles. He also captained the Croatia national team which won third place at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Before 1990 and the international recognition of Croatia's national team, Boban had played for the Yugoslavia under-20 team which won the 1987 World Youth Championship. Boban scored three times in this tournament, as well as scoring his penalty in the decisive shootout in the final. Having made his debut for the full Yugoslavia team in 1988, Boban, a fierce patriot, switched to playing for Croatia after the national team's inception, debuting against Romania in December 1990. Having appeared seven times for Yugoslavia, scoring once, Boban was capped 51 times for Croatia, scoring 12 goals, between 1990 and 1999. Boban was a creative player who was gifted with excellent vision, passing range, and technical ability. He mixed these attributes with a unique tactical versatility, which enabled him to be deployed in several midfield and offensive positions throughout his career; in addition to his preferred role behind the forwards as a playmaking, attacking midfielder, he was also capable of playing on the wing, as a central midfielder, or even as a supporting striker.