Croatia has the unenviable task of kicking off the festivities against host nation Brazil, not to mention being lumped into a pretty tough group which also features Mexico and Cameroon. However, they certainly have the talent to make a run past the group stages as they feature established stars such as Real Madrid's Luka Modric, Sevilla's Ivan Rakitic (a potential Real Madrid target) and Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic.
While Belgium, and to some extent Switzerland, are seen as hipster darkhorses for this summer, keep an eye out for the Croats. Boasting a strong attack led by the aforementioned names and potentially strong team defense, they could certainly surprise a few people in their absolutely gorgeous jerseys this summer. Seriously beautiful kits.
Here's the roster:
Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Oliver Zelenika (Dinamo Zagreb)
Defenders: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Dejan Lovren (Southampton), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Gordon Schildenfeld (Panathinaikos), Danijel Pranjic (Panathinaikos), Ivan Strinic (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Sime Vrsaljko (Genoa), Igor Bubnjic (Udinese)
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev), Ivan Perisic (Wolfsburg), Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan), Milan Badelj (Hamburg), Ivo Ilicevic (Hamburg), Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Mocinic (Rijeka), Mario Pasalic (Hajduk Split), Sammir (Getafe)
Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich), Ivica Olic (Wolfsburg), Eduardo da Silva (Shakhtar Donetsk), Nikica Jelavic (Hull), Ante Rebic (Fiorentina), Duje Cop (Dinamo Zagreb)
Wishing Luka all the best.