World Cup Preview: Croatia


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Croatia have not had the greatest of successes at recent world cups but with the golden generation reaching their peak, perhaps they could finally make an impact on the world stage this summer.

The Blazers, now managed by Niko Kovac, have failed to build on their 1999 World Cup Semi Final appearance having crashed out in the group stages in 2002 and 2006 and then failing to qualify for the 2010 tournament.

Key players Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic have been nothing short of brilliant for their club sides this season however while Mario Mandzukic will provide goals as Croatia aim to get out of a group involving Mexico, Cameroon and hosts Brazil.

A problem Croatia have though is progressing further than just the group stages. With Brazil expected to win the group, the best Croatia can hope for looks to be a runner up spot which will set up a tie with the group B winners, which is most probably going to be cup holders Spain.

A last 16 place will be considered successful for Croatia considering the difficult fixtures they could be faced with and it appears that Euro 2016 is their best chance to make their mark.

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