Croatia’s coach Niko Kovac has announced his provisional squad for the upcoming World Cup which includes: Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic and Eduardo as some of the standout players of the team.
Shakhtar Donetsk’s Eduardo is a Brazilian forward who plays for Croatia after picking up a Croatian citizenship in 2002 and he has expressed his emotions about making his World Cup debut in his native country of Brazil.
“Accepting the invitation to play for Croatia was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. But I never could have imagined that I, as a Brazilian, could be given a chance to play in the World Cup opener. In football, the impossible becomes possible.” Eduardo said.
Eduardo has not been a consistent starter in this season for Shakhtar Donetsk his chances of appearing in the 2014 World Cup opener match is a realistic possibility. Mario Mandzukic is another high profile target which was included in Niko Kovac’s provisional list but the player of Bayern Munich has to serve a one-match suspension after he received a red card in the qualifying playoff match against Iceland.
Ivica Olic from Wolfsburg enjoyed having a fairly successful campaign with his club after managing to score 13 goals as well as providing 5 assists in 29 matches. Olic has also been named in the provisional squad of Niko Kovac and he is expected to play an influential role for Croatia in the 2014 World Cup as one of the main attacking outlets of the team along with Ivica Olic.
Eduardo has a very good chance of fulfilling his ‘’impossible’’ dream of playing in the 2014 World Cup opener and the Brazilian attacker revealed to a local radio station that it would make him proud to play at the worldwide tournament in his country.
“The feeling would be strange, but it would make me proud to play at the World Cup in my country,” Eduardo added on.