World Cup 2014: Croatia – Key Players

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Luka Modric

Luka Modric

Age

28

Club

Real Madrid

Position

Midfielder

Int. Caps

73

Int. Goals

8

 

Much like for his club side Real Madrid, Luka Modric is the orchestrator for Croatia and has to be considered arguably the most important player for his national team.

There are few in the world that are able to dictate the play from the middle of the park in the manner which the 28-year old can and his ability to retain possession has been vital for the Croats over the years.

Although, Modric’s goalscoring stats may not to be too impressive, he is usually the creative hub of the team who allows the likes of Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic to flourish, and the Real Madrid star will surely be vital if Croatia are to have a good tournament.

Mario Mandzukic

Mario Mandzukic

Age

28

Club

Bayern Munich

Position

Striker

Int. Caps

48

Int. Goals

13

 

Croatia boast one of the world’s finest strikers in Mario Mandzukic and the 28-year old is a battering ram, who can cause any defence in the world serious problems.

The striker has enjoyed a wonderful season with his club side Bayern Munich and will be hoping to transmit his good form for his national side at the World Cup as well.

Although he will be banned for the Croatia’s opening game against Brazil, Mandzukic will surely be slotted straight into the starting lineup for the remaining group matches.

A tall, powerful striker with an eye for goal, Mandzukic is a every manager’s dream and every defender’s nightmare, and if he can keep his fiery temper in check, teams will surely struggle in keeping the Croatian attack at bay.

Ivan Rakitic

Ivan Rakitic

Age

26

Club

Sevilla

Position

Midfielder

Int. Caps

60

Int. Goals

9

 

Ivan Rakitic made his debut for Croatia as a teenager and now has emerged into one of the finest attacking midfielders in the world.

His brilliant performances for his club side Sevilla this season, where he led the Andalusians to the Europa Cup title, have been widely lauded and the 26-year old is undoubtedly key to Croatia’s chances this summer.

Although not a household name like Modric or Mandzukic, Rakitic is a fine player who is capable of something special out of the blue and his uncanny knack of scoring important goals will certainly be crucial for Croatia during the World Cup.

World Cup Key Players –

Group A – BrazilCroatiaMexicoCameroon

Group B –  SpainNetherlandsChileAustralia

Group C – ColombiaGreeceIvory CoastJapan

Group D – UruguayCosta RicaEnglandItaly

Group E – SwitzerlandEcuadorFranceHonduras

Group F – ArgentinaBosnia & HerzegovinaIran,  Nigeria

Group G – GermanyPortugalGhanaUnited States

Group H – BelgiumAlgeriaRussiaSouth Korea

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