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World Cup Today: Getting started with Brazil and Croatia

Jun 12, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT

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WORLD CUP TODAY: THURSDAY, JUNE 12

World Cup 2014 finally upon us.

There’s only one match on the docket today, but it promises to be a doozy. Mario Mandzukic-less Croatia will attempt to topple host nation and tournament favorite Brazil.

MATCH 1: BRAZIL VS. CROATIA
Location: Itaquerão Stadium, São Paulo
Time: 4pm ET
SOCCERLY PREVIEW | SOCCERLY MATCHCENTER

Cheater’s guide: A host nation has yet to lose a tournament opener, and Brazil will look to set a strong standard in its quest for World Cup title No. 6. Croatia will need strong midfield play from Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric, perhaps the only position where the Europeans have an advantage over Brazil.

What they’re saying:
Croatia coach Niko Kovac: “They are not going to have it easy against Croatia. We are a tricky side and I am sure that we will show that and demonstrate that tomorrow. I am sure and convinced that tomorrow this team can create a historic result.”

Premier League players:
Brazil: David Luiz (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Ramires (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Paulinho (Tottenham), Fernandinho (Manchester City)
Croatia: Dejan Lovren (Southampton), Nikica Jelavić (Hull City)

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  1. footballer4ever - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Are you ready for some football? i am ready!! in fact, i left work early to watch the ceremony and the football game. This is my football “superbowl” and what a month of football will be. My whole family is ready to watch the beginning!!

  2. thedeadlockvictim - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Four Brazilians from Chelski, or should I say, Cheleção?

    • footballer4ever - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      and your meaningless point is???

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