The time has arrived. After 4 years of waiting, the World Cup 2014 in Brazil is finally upon us as tonight, the hosts will officially open up the greatest tournament in football. Brazil are scheduled to play against Croatia in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup at 20:00 BST tonight in a match which promises to full of excitement and thrills. In the entire history of the FIFA World Cup, a host nation has never lost the opening match, so the pressure is on Brazil tonight as Croatia are a very strong side and are expected to make it past the Group Stage.
For the World Cup 2014 opener, Brazil are expected to name the same team that managed to defeat Spain last summer in the Confederations Cup final. This team includes Barcelona forward Neymar, who has a lot of expectation on his shoulders as he has been in great form in the run up to this tournament. Also in the expected line-up for Brazil is the Chelsea midfielder Oscar, who has not been in the greatest form in the warm-up matches for Brazil, but is still a top player. Croatia are without their star striker Mario Mandzukic due to suspension, which means either Nikica Jelavic or Eduardo are likely to fill that spot.
The last time these two countries met in the World Cup was back in 2006 when Brazil managed to win by a narrow 1-0 victory, as Kaká scored the only goal of the Group stage match. However, Croatia will certainly be deadly as they have not lost since Niko Kovac took charge last October, winning three matches and drawing two. Yet, Brazil are also guaranteed to be just as lethal as they have not lost a game in 9 matches; in those matches they scored 30 goals and conceded only 2. Brazil are the 4th most valuable team in the World Cup 2014 with their combined total of players being worth £448.3million, whilst Croatia are the 12th most valuable being worth £185.6million.
The current head coach of Brazil, Luiz Felipe Scolari, who won the World Cup in 2002 with Brazil, commented on the World Cup 2014, “To all Brazilians I want to tell you the time has arrived. This is our World Cup. There are seven steps. The first step is tomorrow against Croatia. After that we have six steps that we want to go up if we want to win the World Cup 2014.” Be sure to tune in tonight to watch the opening match, Brazil vs Croatia, as it promises to be a fantastic match, which will kick-off what hopes to be an unforgettable tournament.
Author Daniel Foster.
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