11 Reasons Why You Should Cheer For Croatia

They’ll be playing the first game this year, so get ready to cheer.

1. Their jersey could not be any cooler:

For real.

2. Their fans are extremely passionate:

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3. And when they get together there’s a lot of dancing involved:

4. They played for the Cup for the first time in 1998 AND CAME OUT THIRD!

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5. And since then they’ve appeared three other times:

6. But they’ve never won a cup…

7. This year they are part of Group A which could get complicated considering Brazil is there:

(Which means they will need all the cheering you can think of.)

8. This is their coach: Niko Kovač.

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9. This is their best player right now:

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Although you won’t see Mario Mandžukić play Croatia’s first game against Brazil since he was banned for one game by the FIFA.

10. But they also have this hottie for you to get distracted looking at:

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Meet Vedran Corluka.

11. Their chances of winning this year:

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