Despite their relatively small population Croatia tend to punch above their weight at the big international tournaments, and they’ll be looking to make their mark in Brazil.
The Balkans team are up against the hosts in what promises to be an entertaining competition curtain-raiser on June 12.
But key frontman Mario Mandzukic, who’s suspended for the opening game, will be sorely missed.
The current squad struggled in qualifying.
And coach Niko Kovac will have to get the best out of principle talents like Luka Modric if they’re to get out of a group also containing Mexico and Cameroon.