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Nickname: Vatreni (The Blazers)

Head coach: Niko Kovač

Asst coach: Robert Kovač

Captain: Darijo Srna

Most caps

1. Darijo Srna (111)

2. Stipe Pletikosa (109)

3. Josip Šimunić (105)

4. Dario Šimić (100)

5. Ivica Olić (90)

Top scorers

1. Davor Šuker (45)

2. Eduardo (29)

3. Darijo Srna (21)

4. Ivica Olić (18)

5. Niko Kranjčar (16)

World Cup group A:

Brazil

Cameroon

Croatia

Mexico

World Cup final squad

Pos     Name                    Club

GK      Stipe Pletikosa	        Rostov
GK	Danijel Subašić	        Monaco
GK	Oliver Zelenika	        Lokomotiva (on loan from Dinamo)

RB	Darijo Srna (c)	        Shakhtar Donetsk
RB	Šime Vrsaljko	        Genoa
LB	Danijel Pranjić	        Panathinaikos
CB	Vedran Ćorluka	        Lokomotiv Moscow
CB	Dejan Lovren	        Southampton
CB	Domagoj Vida	        Dynamo Kyiv
CB	Gordon Schildenfeld	Panathinaikos

CM	Luka Modrić	        Real Madrid
CM	Ivan Rakitić	        Sevilla
CM	Mateo Kovačić	        Internazionale
CM	Marcelo Brozović	Dinamo
DM	Ognjen Vukojević	Dynamo Kyiv
DM	Ivan Močinić	        Rijeka
AM	Sammir	                Getafe
WG	Ivan Perišić	        Wolfsburg
WG	Ante Rebić	        Fiorentina

ST	Ivica Olić	        Wolfsburg
ST	Eduardo	                Shakhtar Donetsk
ST	Mario Mandžukić	        Bayern Munich
ST	Nikica Jelavić	        Hull City

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Always had a soft spot for Croatia and generally get behind them. Suker one of my favourite players. Loved the chip against Schmeichel and the goal where he rolled it past the out rushing German keeper in Euro 96. Had some great players back then but unfortunately don't appear to have the same quality these days. Think they have a chance of getting through the group but don't think they will get much further.

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Probably Bubnjić, a bulky left footed CB. If Kovač doesn't call up someone else. Strinić was our first LB but he got injured. Pranjić is poor in defense (and not a natural LB) and should be molested by Hulk and the likes. So all in all we have a traditional LB problem we had ever since Jarni retired.

Two players he might call up (god forbid) are Pivarić from Dinamo and Milić from Rostov. Both are Croatian league level.

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Yeah :thdn:

He's taking Brozović and Močinić and both have lower potential than him. But they are defensively somewhat better and more aggressive and he felt he needed those as only such player is Vukojević. I'm almost certain Pašalić will have a better career than these two, especially the numbskull Brozović.

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Looks like Pranjić might be out, at least for the first game. Was injured in a friendly against Australia.

So now we officially have no left backs in the squad. Seems most likely Vrsaljko will play it, possibly Vida. I doubt he'll go with Ćorluka (who played there once or twice).

How is as ****ing footballing nation like us unable to develop one decent left back in 20 years. World class midfielders, strikers, whatever. But a bloody left footed defender that has a decent pace is a mystery to us :@

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I haven't seen the game personally. There wasn't much about the game, more about Pranjić's injury (he might be OK as it now looks). We were supposedly very average and the only thing that's positive is that you didn't have a serious scoring opportunity. Also they say your team was very aggressive for a friendly but nothing too much to talk about.

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He might, but then again there is a good chance he won't. Especially if Kovač decides to sit deep in his own half. Schildenfeld is better in such gameplan than Lovren.

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You ready, Hrvati? Spotlight is on in 24 hours!

Kpain what do you think of this game realistically? I don't know if you have enough to get a result, but with your best players being who they are who knows what magic you could do.

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Looks like Pranjić might be out, at least for the first game. Was injured in a friendly against Australia.

So now we officially have no left backs in the squad. Seems most likely Vrsaljko will play it, possibly Vida. I doubt he'll go with Ćorluka (who played there once or twice).

How is as ****ing footballing nation like us unable to develop one decent left back in 20 years. World class midfielders, strikers, whatever. But a bloody left footed defender that has a decent pace is a mystery to us :@

Should have capped Luis Ibanez!

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I suspect that is what we'll try to do. Defend deep, frustrate Brazil and try to break on counters. We have several set piece specialists so that might do us good as well. Efficiency has usually been a trademark of ours for some time.

Shame Mandžukić isn't playing, we'll miss him badly. I just hope Jelavić isn't involved. He's a one player less on the pitch.

We got firepower to hurt Brazil, that's for sure. And we usually perform well in big games. But who knows, let's just wait and see.

And I can't wait... :D

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Thanks :D Good luck to you against the Argies too. :)

Our media claim Kovač is not willing to park the bus. Not sure why not if it works. Get a result, who cares how.

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I think Croatia had a nice game last night - really unlucky with the referee decisions. Might have ended with a loss even without that, but still generally good.

One thing I noticed is Ivica Olic seems really past it... Too slow both physically and with the decision making.

Srna also seemed slow and was below par.

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Yeah, Olić and Srna looked poor. But I wouldn't blame Olić much. He's a clear striker that had to be played out of position as we have no wingers. He isn't quick as he used to be but he still has a poacher's instinct in him and scores regularly. Nothing much he can do playing on the left wing. He never had the skill to dribble, can only get on his bike and cross the ball. His FIFA skilling is mostly hilarious :D

Rebić should take that left wing position as he has more to offer and is one for the future.

Srna is in a downward spiral for the last 2-3 years. He manages to play a good game here and there but overall as a player he's not what he used to be. Mostly because he is becoming slower and less agile which is tough for a RB.

But we have Vrsaljko and some other decent RBs so at least that position is covered for the future.

We were unlucky with the ref, he decided an even game. But we were pretty blunt going forward and would be more than happy with a draw. Nothing strange considering we had Jelavić up front. I'm pretty sure any Croatian centre-back can match his technical qualities.

Not sure about Mexico and Cameroon. We can't count on 3 points in any of these games IMO and they have a power to hurt last nights Brazil too. Especially Mexico.

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Nah... Olic lost the ball a lot of times, obviously he's 34 and you can't depend on his speed and kpain is right that it's not all his fault, but he was just out of his depth yesterday.

I do believe Croatia have their chances both against Mexico and Cameroon, it will be quite an open group this one.

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He never had the skill to dribble, can only get on his bike and cross the ball. His FIFA skilling is mostly hilarious :D

Loved it when he was skilling in the Croatian half and ended up losing the ball :D Like a 12 year old on fifa

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Do you have a defensive midfielder? I would play with a defensive midfielder behind Modrić and Rakitić, with Kovačić behind Jelavić and Olić.

Yeah, Vukojević is a DM. But he's useless for anything other than fouling players so no one is keen on using him much.

Loved it when he was skilling in the Croatian half and ended up losing the ball :D Like a 12 year old on fifa

He does things like that all the time. Tries tricks even though he gains nothing with them. At times you can see him do elasticos and heel chops like he's some kind of skiller while in reality it looks like it was done by someone that learned the trick before the game and is keen on showing it :D

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He does things like that all the time. Tries tricks even though he gains nothing with them. At times you can see him do elasticos and heel chops like he's some kind of skiller while in reality it looks like it was done by someone that learned the trick before the game and is keen on showing it :D

This cracked me up :D

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