Niko Kovac who is the manager of Croatia finally unveiled the 23 man final squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The squad consists of the experienced superstars Mario Mandzukic who plays for Bayern Munich and Luka Modric who is Real Madrid’s player.
Croatia is the team that will face Brazil on June 12th during the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and hence need to be well prepared to face the opponents who will be amongst other factors be having a home advantage.
In the 30 man provisional squad that was named by Kovac in mid may, he had to drop a total of four players who are nursing different injuries. The four include Niko Kranjcar who plays for QPR, Ivo Ilicevic and Milan Badelj who are both Hamburg player and finally Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk’s Ivan Strinic.
Oliver Zelenka and Ivan Mocinic a midfielder at Rijeka are the young superstars that made it into Kovac’s final squad. This final squad comes after a friendly match in which Croatia played Mali securing a 2-1 victory.
Kovac who is the former captain of Croatia is optimistic that they can perform even better after the friendly match. He says that the players were extremely tired after they had a warm up session in Osijek.
It was part of the preparations for the friendly match en route the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Eduardo Silva and Sammir are the players who were named in the final squad for Croatia with Brazilian origin.
The duo were the superstars of Dinamo Zagreb. Kovac’s men will fly to Brazil this coming Tuesday and on 6th June they will be having their last friendly match against Australia before their world cup campaign commences on 12th June.
Croatia is in group A which consists of Mexico, Cameroon and Brazil. The best results ever recorded by Croatia was in the 1998 world cup. They however did not make it in the 2010 FIFA World Cup that was held in South Africa.