Croatia enters the 2014 World Cup after an extended absence, having missed the 2010 tournament in South Africa. Though The Fiery Ones took third in 1998’s tournament, they have only won one game in six chances since. Should they escape Group A, they could be a tournament dark horse.
With a strong midfield and one of the best playmakers in the game, Luka Modrić, Croatia should be able to push through its relatively weak group – excepting tournament favorite Brazil. Boasting a wealth of experience, this squad will not be intimidated by anyone. Where Croatial comes up short is with its slow back four. Modrić and Ivan Rakitić may have to drop back and help the sometimes porous defense.
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