Even though Croatia is never mentioned in the same breath as the top tier teams like Brazil, Spain, Argentina & Germany, this team has the reputation of showing up with a bigger stick against the best teams.
But can they do so this summer?
They are not in the toughest group, nor the easiest and must face host team Brazil without their main striker in the suspended Mario Mandzukic.
Croatia is looking to repeat their France 1998 performance when they finished in third place. They are listed as the second-best betting odds to win their group and they have a solid midfield led by Real Madrid’s Luka Modric.
What are USA Betting Odds in the 2014 World Cup?
- To Win The Tournament +15000
- To Reach the Final: +5000
- To Win Group A: +1000
- To Qualify: +125
- Not To Qualify: -137
- To Finish Last In Group A: +1110
- To Be the Highest Scoring team in the Tournament: +25000
- To Be the Highest Scoring team in the Group: +800
How Did Croatia qualify?
Croatia punched their World Cup ticket in the UEFA qualifiers playoffs after placing second with 17 points, nine behind Belgium. Their group also included Serbia, Scotland, Wales and Macedonia.
In the playoffs, they were fortunate to draw Iceland, who they beat 2-0 to advance to their fourth World Cup.
Who are Croatia opponents in the 2014 World Cup?
Croatia is in group A along with Brazil (-400), Mexico (+1000), and Cameroon (+3300); as the Mexicans, the Croatians are +1000 to end the in first place of the zone.
What is Croatia schedule For The 2014 World Cup?
As mentioned, Croatia opens the World Cup in the first game of the tournament against Brazil on June 12 at Arena de São Paulo. The host, of course is the favorite to win listed at -300 in the money line while the Europeans are +1100 for the upset.
On June 18, Croatia (+105) takes on Cameroon (+333), at the Arena Amazônia, in Manaus.
The Croatians last and perhaps most important game is against México (+210), their direct rival for the second place. The game is on June 23 at the Arena Pernambuco, in Recife.
What is Croatia Slogan For The 2014 World Cup?
“With Fire In Our Hearts, For Croatia All As One!”
What’s Croatia List of Players for the 2014 World Cup?
GOALKEEPERS: Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subašic (Monaco), Oliver Zelenika (Lokomotiva Zagreb).
DEFENDERS: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar), Dejan Lovren (Southampton), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Gordon Schildenfeld (Panathinaikos), Danijel Pranjic (Panathinaikos), Ivan Strinic (Dnipro), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Šime Vrsaljko (Genoa), Igor Bubnjic (Udinese).
MIDFIELDERS: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Niko Kranjcar (QPR), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev), Ivan Perišic (Wolfsburg), Mateo Kovacic (Internazionale), Milan Badelj (HSV), Ivo Ilicevic (HSV), Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Mocinic (Rijeka), Mario Pašalic (Hajduk Split), Sammir (Getafe).
FORWARDS: Mario Mandžukic (Bayern Munich), Ivica Olic (Wolfsburg), Eduardo Alves da Silva (Shakhtar), Nikica Jelavic (Hull City), Ante Rebic (Fiorentina), Duje Cop (Dinamo Zagreb).
Who’s Croatia Most Important Player in the 2014 World Cup?
Real Madrid’s midfielder Luka Modric is the little genius behind Croatia’s offense. Modric is not spectacular, but he does the little stuff that makes the difference.
What are Croatia Betting Trends For the 2014 World Cup?
- Croatia has been to three World Cups (1998, 2002 and 2006), with their best result coming on their debut at France 1998 when they were eliminated by the host and eventual champion in the semifinals, but fought back to win the third place in the tournament.
- Croatia has six wins, four draws and four losses in 14 World Cup games, with 18 goals scored and 16 against.
- Croatia and Brazil has met twice, with a 1-1 draw in a friendly game, and a 1-0 victory by Brazil in the 2006 World Cup.
- Croatia has never played Cameroon.
- Croatia has won two games against Mexico, but their only loss against the Aztecs was a 1-0 defeat in the 2002 World Cup.
How far will Croatia go?
The Croatians have enough talent to advance to the second round; their game against Mexico will be crucial. Afterwards they will likely be the underdog when facing Spain or the Netherlands.
Odds to Win 2014 FIFA World Cup:
- Brazil 3/1
- Argentina 9/2
- Germany 11/2
- Spain 13/2
- Belgium 14/1
- France 20/1
- Italy 22/1
- Uruguay 22/1
- Colombia 25/1
- Netherlands 25/1
- England 28/1
- Portugal 28/1
- Chile 40/1
- Russia 66/1
- Mexico 100/1
- Switzerland 100/1
- USA 100/1
- Ecuador 125/1
- Ivory Coast 125/1
- Croatia 150/1
- Japan 150/1
- Bosnia-Herzegovina 200/1
- Ghana 200/1
- Greece 200/1
- Nigeria 250/1
- South Korea 300/1
- Australia 500/1
- Cameroon 500/1
- Algeria 1000/1
- Costa Rica 1000/1
- Honduras 1500/1
- Iran 1500/1