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Match : Brazil v Croatia 12th June 2014
Venue: Arena Corinthians
KO: 2100 GMT
In case you haven’t noticed, the World Cup 2014 from Brazil is winging its way to us today as the hosts take on Croatia from Arena Corinthians, São Paulo, in the opening game.
Its been an intriguing and often controversial few weeks in the build up to the Worlds biggest tournament, but its time to put that to one side and get stuck into the action as 32 of the World’s best sides come together in Brazil.
First up its Brazil v Croatia, kicking off at 9pm British time, as all eyes decend on the famous yellow and green strip of the Brazilians. Can they live up to the huge expectactions that the public and press put on them?
Certainly, on paper they have a side which justifies their 3/1 favourites tag to win the tournament outright. Manager Phil Scolari, who has already won the World Cup with his 2002 side has a plethora of quality players throughout the squad, which is literally dripping with talent.
Of course, much of the attention will feature around their playmaker Neymar.
The former Santos man transferred to Barcelona last season in a huge cloud of publicity, and although not exactly setting the world alight in La Liga with only nine goals, the warm shores of home and the comforting arm of Scolari could inspire the 22yr old.
Indeed, much of the Brazilian public see Neymar has the talisman of the side, and much is expected of him. Of course, he will be ably assisted by Hulk and Fred, who chipped in with plenty of goals during the Confederations Cup, and with Oscar & Fernandinho pulling the strings in midfield they look more than capable of creating a whole host of chances.
The Brazilians also boast arguably the best defender in the world in Thiago Silva. The PSG man has put in some dominant performances for his club and country, bringing him well deserved praise.
Even Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand commented :
[blockquote source=”Rio Ferdninand”]Thiago Silva and Neymar are the most important players [for Brazil]. For me, Thiago Silva is the best defender in the world. I love the way he plays, I played against him when he was at Milan, he’s very good on the ball but he’s become a more commanding centre-half now…[/blockquote]
Of course, a Brazilian win is not yet a formality, with Croatia set up to prove a stiff challenge.
The side came through qualifying by beating Iceland over two legs in the World Cup Qualifying playoffs, and while they will not exactly set the world alight, they do have creativity in the form of Luca Modric, who was in superb form in the final few weeks of La Liga and helping Real Madrid to Champions League glory.
Nothing less than a Brazil win will satisfy their fans or indeed the general public, as a free scoring and successful Brazil side will not only be good for the the competition, but will send the millions of supporters over in Brazil home happy.
The waiting is nearly over – settle back and watch the tournament favourites play in the most famous competition in the world.