Countdown to Brazil World Cup – Group A – Croatia

croatia Croatia face the unfortunate prospect of being host country Brazil’s first opponent at the 2014 World Cup and will therefore meet them in the opening match of the tournament, a tough prospect for any team.

The Croatians finished 3rd in the 1998 World Cup with Davor Šuker winning the Golden Boot, but have failed to reach the same heights since, although they look a bit better placed this time around.

Croatia has a very talented midfield with players such as Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic plying their trade, and with Mario Mandzukic up front, they have the ability to pose a problem or two for their Group A opponents.

They do lack a bit of pace needed to go all the way at this level and with Brazil appearing a lock for top spot in Group A, Croatia will be doing battle with Mexico to grab second place in this group and a path through to the next round.

Croatia is $126.00 to win the 2014 World Cup and they are $9.00 to win Group A.

Croatia World Cup Odds

Win the World Cup: $126.00
Win Group A: $9.00
Qualify for next Round: $2.10
Reach 2014 World Cup Final: $41.00

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They may have been less than impressive on their way to the play-offs, but Croatia will fancy themselves to get through to the Round of 16, with the clash against Mexico likely to be a pivotal one for Group A at the World Cup.

Croatia to make the next round @ $2.10 is worth considering for this team.

Croatia will meet Brazil, Cameroon and Mexico in Group A and they play their first game against Brazil on Friday 13th June 2014 at 6am in the morning (Australian time).

Group A Draw for Croatia

Fri 13 Jun Brazil vs Croatia 6am Sao Paulo Bet now
Thu 19 Jun Cameroon vs Croatia 5am Manaus Bet now
Tue 24 Jun Croatia vs Mexico 6am Recife Bet now

Croatia World Cup Squad

The 30 man Croatia World Cup provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, South America.

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Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Oliver Zelenika (Dinamo Zagreb)

Defenders: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Dejan Lovren (Southampton), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Gordon Schildenfeld (Panathinaikos), Danijel Pranjic (Panathinaikos), Ivan Strinic (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Sime Vrsaljko (Genoa), Igor Bubnjic (Udinese)

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev), Ivan Perisic (Wolfsburg), Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan), Milan Badelj (Hamburg), Ivo Ilicevic (Hamburg), Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Mocinic (Rijeka), Mario Pasalic (Hajduk Split), Sammir (Getafe)

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich), Ivica Olic (Wolfsburg), Eduardo (Shakhtar Donetsk), Nikica Jelavic (Hull City), Ante Rebic (Fiorentina), Duje Cop (Dinamo Zagreb)

Head Coach for the Croatia World Cup squad is Niko Kovac and team captain is Darijo Srna.

World Cup players to watch for Croatia

Real Madrid’s Luka Modric is a class act for Croatia and the former Spurs defender will provide plenty of drive through the middle, while creative midfielder Mateo Kovacic is one to watch for the Croatians in Brazil.

Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukci has been in superb goal scoring form in the Bundesliga this season and is a capable finisher with the right service.

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Visit our Group A page for more information on teams competing in this group at the 2014 World Cup.

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