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Croatia could repeat the 1998 World Cup suprise

Currently the best Croatian striker  (©GettyImages)
Currently the best Croatian striker (©GettyImages).

As the World Cup start is coming soon, we bring you Croatia's best representatives who will feature in the group against Brazil, Cameroon and Mexico. And who knows? Maybe their path will go further than the bronze medal in 1998. 

Darijo Srna

Squad's long-term captain is also the main player at Shakhtar Donetsk. He is the national's team most capped player ever, with 111 caps and admirable 21 goals, although he plays as a right-back. Since the arrival from Hajduk, he has won 18 trophies with his Ukrainian club, including the UEFA Cup trophy in 2009.

Dejan Lovren

Southampton's player was an architect of distruction at Anfield, scoring in a 1-0 win against Gerrard's team in September 2013. In late 2010, while he was still a member of Olypimique Lyon, the 24-year-old was listed in the Don Balon - a list of 100 best world's young players.

Due to the frequent injuries, the central back wasn't able to participate in some crucial games for Saints, but hopefully, will be completely ready for the Mundial and the next season at St. Mary's stadium. 

Mateo Kovacic

Best youngster at Internazionale usually starts from the bench since the arrival of Walter Mazzari. In 2012-13 season, he was starting almost every match for the club, while Andrea Stramaccioni was still the manager.

Kovacic was one of the youngest debutants in the national team, patricipating in a game at the age of 18. The central midfielder played a match against Serbia alongside this Real's star. 

Luka Modric

The ex - Tottenham superstar has been lured away to Madrid for 33 million euros in August 2012. He hasn't played a lot under the Portuguese Jose Mourinho, but since his departure and employment of Carlo Ancelotti, the Croatian is a regular first team player.

His goal against Manchester United in March 2013 was hailed by newspapers all over the world and because of him, they have proceeded into the next round of Champions League. 

Mario Mandzukic

This 27-year-old, also known as Mandzo, is the current top scorer of Bundesliga. Rumours about him leaving the club are getting louder every day, as Bayern have signed Lewandowski from Dortmund. Nevertheless, he will be a no.1 striker on the World Cup for the team, but won't participate in the game versus Brazil due to a red card earned in the playoff.

On July 12, Croatia and Brazil will be opening the tournament. Selecao are considered favourites, but "Vatreni" were always masters of suprise. Both teams could overcome each other and that's the beauty of football. You never know who will celebrate at the end.


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