Croatia World Cup 2014 Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

Sasa Ibrulj@sasaibruljCorrespondent IMay 14, 2014

Croatia World Cup 2014 Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

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    Niko Kovac finally announced his selection of Croatia's 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Of course, seven of them will not make the final cut.

    It seems that Kovac waited until the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision on Josip Simunic's 10-match ban was announced, which confirmed that the Dinamo Zagreb defender will have to miss the World Cup. The veteran was originally penalised by FIFA for shouting one of the slogans of Croatia's Nazi-backed puppet regime from World War II.

    However, Kovac offered no big surprises. He added a couple of new names, mostly young prospects like Oliver Zelenika, Mario Pasalic and Marcelo Brozovic. The newcomer is Dinamo's striker Duje Cop, while Kovac also decided to recall naturalised Brazilian Sammir.

    The Croats will have another Brazilian in the form of ex-Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva. However, Kovac omitted one of the biggest homegrown talents—midfielder Alen Halilovic, who moves to Barcelona this summer.

    Bleacher Report brings you the World Cup player-by-player guide for Croatia.


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    Name: Stipe Pletikosa

    Date of Birth: January 8th, 1979

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 109

    Club: Rostov (Russia)


    Name: Danijel Subasic

    Date of birth: October 27th, 1984

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 6

    Club: Monaco (France)


    Name: Oliver Zelenika

    Date of Birth: May 14th, 1993

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 0

    Club: Lokomotiva Zagreb (Croatia)


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    Name: Vedran Corluka

    Date of birth: February 5th, 1986

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 71

    Club: Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia)


    Name: Dejan Lovren

    Date of birth: July 5th, 1989

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 24

    Club: Southampton (England)


    Name: Danijel Pranjic

    Date of Birth: December 2nd, 1981

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 47

    Club: Panathinaikos (Greece)


    Name: Gordon Schildenfeld

    Date of Birth: March 18th, 1985

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 20

    Club: Panathinaikos (Greece)


    Name: Darijo Srna

    Date of Birth: May 1st, 1982

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 111

    Club: Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)


    Name: Ivan Strinic

    Date of birth: July 17th, 1987

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 32

    Club: Dnipro (Ukraine)


    Name: Domagoj Vida

    Date of birth: April 29th, 1989

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 21

    Club: Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)


    Name: Sime Vrsaljko

    Date of Birth: January 10th, 1992

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 5

    Club: Genoa (Italy)


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    Name: Marcelo Brozovic

    Date of Birth: November 16th, 1992

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 0

    Club: Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)


    Name: Milan Badelj

    Date of Birth: February 25th, 1989

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 9

    Club: HSV (Germany)


    Name: Niko Kranjcar

    Date of Birth: August 13th, 1984

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 81

    Club: QPR (England)


    Name: Ivan Mocinic

    Date of Birth: April 30th, 1993

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 0

    Club: Rijeka (Croatia)


    Name: Mateo Kovacic

    Date of birth: May 6th, 1994

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 8

    Club: FC Internazionale (Italy)


    Name: Luka Modric

    Date of Birth: May 9th, 1985

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 73

    Club: Real Madrid (Spain)


    Name: Mario Pasalic

    Date of Birth: February 9th, 1995

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 0

    Club: Hajduk Split (Croatia)


    Name: Ivan Rakitic

    Date of birth: March 10th, 1988

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 60

    Club: Sevilla (Spain)


    Name: Jorge Sammir Cruz Campos

    Date of Birth: April 23rd, 1987

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 4

    Club: Getafe (Spain)


    Name: Ognjen Vukojevic

    Date of Birth: December 20th, 1983

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 54

    Club: Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)


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    Name: Eduardo Alves da Silva

    Date of birth: February 25th, 1983

    Position: Attacker

    Caps: 61

    Club: Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)


    Name: Nikica Jelavic

    Date of birth: August 27th, 1985

    Position: Attacker

    Caps: 31

    Club: Hull City (England)


    Name: Mario Mandzukic

    Date of Birth: May 26th, 1986

    Position: Attacker

    Caps: 48

    Club: Bayern Munich (Germany)


    Name: Duje Cop

    Date of Birth: February 1st, 1990

    Position: Attacker

    Caps: 0

    Club: Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)


    Name: Ivo Ilicevic

    Date of Birth: November 14th, 1983

    Position: Attacker

    Caps: 8

    Club: HSV (Germany)


    Name: Ivica Olic

    Date of Birth: September 9th, 1979

    Position: Attacker

    Caps: 90

    Club: Wolfsburg (Germany)


    Name: Ivan Perisic

    Date of Birth: February 2nd, 1989

    Position: Attacker

    Caps: 27

    Club: Wolfsburg (Germany)


    Name: Ante Rebic

    Date of Birth: September 21st, 1993

    Position: Attacker

    Caps: 3

    Club: Fiorentina (Italy)