Midfielder Luka Modric and available-again striker Mario Mandzukic will spearhead Croatia’s effort to keep alive their hopes of reaching the World Cup last 16 when they face Cameroon on Wednesday, coach Niko Kovac said.
The FIFA World Cup has made a return to its spiritual capital after a gap of 64 years. Every Brazilian remembers the heartbreak of the 1950 World Cup final when Uruguay beat them at the Maracana. For all the Brazilian fans, this is more than just a World Cup.
The biggest show on earth has finally arrived in Sao Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil. The Arena de Sao Paulo will witness the opening match between hosts and hot favorites Brazil and Croatia in a Group A kick-off.
Brazil are desperate to make a powerful statement of intent in Friday’s World Cup opener against Croatia as they seek to relieve the suffocating pressure that has engulfed the team in the build-up to the tournament.
Croatia are waiting on clearance from governing body FIFA to allow them to replace injured midfielder Ivan Mocinic with Milan Badelj, the national football federation said Wednesday on the eve of the World Cup finals opener with hosts Brazil.
Croatia coach Niko Kovac on Saturday named his 23-man squad for the World Cup finals led by experienced stars like midfield magician Luka Modric of Real Madrid and Bayer Munich striker Mario Manduzkic.
Winning the Champions League with Real Madrid after a tough start at the club is a dream come true for Luka Modric, the Croatia midfielder said after an effervescent performance in Saturday`s 4-1 win over city rivals Atletico.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has shot down any suggestions Gareth Bale could return to play at left-back after Brazilian international Marcelo was ruled out for a couple of weeks by a hamstring injury.
Real Madrid extended their unbeaten run to 25 matches, rejoining Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on 60 points at the top of La Liga, after Jese, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric scored in a 3-0 win at Getafe on Sunday.