17 responses

  1. Bradley’s Missing Mop
    June 11, 2014

    No Zusi to bail them out this time.

  2. BrianK
    June 11, 2014

    Good summary,…and predictions. Brazil aside, Croatia is too sophisticated for Mexico and Cameroon. BTW – I think Niko Kranjcar is injured (hammy).

    Croatia may have the horses to knock-off Brazil in the opening match. Imagine the uproar in Brazil if that happens.

    • Increase
      June 11, 2014

      Modric is sooo smooth its absurd. I really this Croatia will make it fine.

      That first game will likely be a loss for them though. Mandzukic is suspended.

  3. froboy
    June 11, 2014

    Saw a bunch of Croatians at a bar in São Paulo last night, so pumped to be at the game tomorrow!

    • Gdog
      June 11, 2014

      congrats on being there, keep the experiences coming to the SBI board so we can all live vicariously through you!

    • Increase
      June 11, 2014

      Cut me a lock of your hair!

    • froboy
      June 11, 2014

      I live in São Paulo, so desperately want to see the US, but didn’t work out. I have tix to the opener, Uruguay/England, Holland/Chile and the semi in São Paulo. Went downtown last night to pick up tickets and they were still far from finished their fanfest zone, but getting ready. Atmosphere in São Paulo is definitely more patriotic than I’ve ever seen. Lots of flags all over the place. I am nervous for the Ghana game as much as I’m excited to go to the opener.

      • soccerhorn
        June 11, 2014

        Is it as scary as everyone says? $1000 hotel rooms, three hour traffic jams 24 hours a day, and gun-toting 11 year olds waiting on every corner to rob and murder you?

      • froboy
        June 11, 2014

        I live here so I have a different perspective. São Paulo is a lot less expensive than other host cities because it is so massive. Tons of hotels, it’s expensive, but not crazy more expensive than normal. There is always a lot of traffic, no more than usual right now. The metro strike caused a lot more traffic, but now that it is over, traffic is less crazy. I was robbed at gunpoint maybe 6 months ago and I think most of my Brazilian friends have been robbed at some point or another, but certainly not on every corner, all the time.

      • Mr_A
        June 11, 2014

        At 11 they can go on their own with a knife, and loan the guns to their younger siblings. And don’t forget the demonstrations!

  4. William the Terror
    June 11, 2014

    I saw Bernard come onto the field in the Brazil friendly against Serbia the other night. Came on in about the 81st minute. He looks all of 12 years old and about 125 pounds soaking wet.

  5. Matt in Bk
    June 11, 2014

    Ives, so psyched – just one more day. Great that you’re there. Looking forward to you and your team’s reporting. Have fun! Send pics! And… beat Ghana!

  6. Increase
    June 11, 2014

    Niko Kranjcar is injured Btw which of course isn’t good for Croatia.

  7. Quit whining about soccer in the US
    June 11, 2014

    Mexico 4th…wow. Have they EVER failed to make the 16 even ? ( except when FIFA didn’t let them play )…I think it was a different structure that long ago.

    • Mr_A
      June 11, 2014

      Yeah, “traditionally found ways to play better” sounds like a euphemism for “you break’a my bracket, I break’a you leg” but maybe it’s just the way you wrote it.

  8. Yankeedom
    June 11, 2014

    Even had Kranjcar not been injured, I still wouldn’t have put him as a player to watch. Dejan Lovren had a very solid maiden campaign in the EPL this past year and is an important part of the Croatian defense.

  9. Ted Tran
    June 11, 2014

    Ives do you even Mexico? Your coworker over GOAL has Layun, Herrara, Moreno and Gio as players to watch.

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