Croatia vs Mexico: Goalimpact of Lineups


Croatia

PlayerGoalimpactPeak GIAgeTeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Stipe Pletikosa95.995.935.4FK Rostov24022345
Šime Vrsaljko115.6129.222.4Genoa CFC15013120
Danijel Pranjic105.0130.232.5Panathinaikos33727009
Vedran Corluka116.9122.128.3Lokomotiv Moskva27424527
Dejan Lovren122.2125.924.9Southampton FC20417815
Darijo Srna143.0166.332.1Shakhtar Donetsk36231682
Ivan Perišic119.5121.825.3VfL Wolfsburg24516546
Ivan Rakitic127.7128.326.3Sevilla FC37026977
Luka Modric130.3135.728.8Real Madrid32926977
Mario Mandžukic129.3134.328.0Bayern München27021112
Ivica Olic102.4142.134.8VfL Wolfsburg35023498
Average118.9130.229.0
Bench
Oliver Zelenika95.895.821.1Lokomotiva Zagreb474300
Danijel Subašic122.4122.429.6AS Monaco19818364
Gordon Schildenfeld123.5129.329.2Panathinaikos21318814
Domagoj Vida122.3125.525.1Dinamo Kiev19617030
Ognjen Vukojevic123.8133.830.4Dinamo Kiev27722875
Marcelo Brozovic104.1123.021.5Dinamo Zagreb13010816
Milan Badelj128.4130.925.3Hamburger SV24520102
Sammir121.3124.127.1Getafe CF22417250
Mateo Kovacic92.0122.620.1Inter1308523
Nikica Jelavic117.8123.328.8Hull City27218971
Ante Rebic97.6123.320.7ACF Fiorentina764872
Eduardo118.4135.131.3Shakhtar Donetsk22312299
Average114.0124.125.9


Mexico

PlayerGoalimpactPeak GIAgeTeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Guillermo Ochoa96.896.828.9AC Ajaccio42739735
Maza113.3139.032.6CF America42936803
Rafael Márquez114.3160.035.3Club Leon48939989
Héctor Moreno118.4119.426.3Espanyol Barcelona27924334
Paul Aguilar106.6111.728.3CF America28123542
Héctor Herrera100.4106.824.1FC Porto976866
Miguel Layún103.9104.225.9CF America17512100
Andrés Guardado115.7119.927.7Bayer Leverkusen33427248
José Juan Vázquez110.1110.626.3Club Leon887642
Giovani Dos Santos110.3113.525.1Villarreal CF22514782
Oribe Peralta113.3122.730.4Santos Laguna38025346
Average109.4118.628.3
Bench
José Corona100.4100.433.3Cruz Azul43240084
Alfredo Talavera102.3102.331.7Deportivo Toluca25222790
Carlos Salcido110.4144.234.2UANL Tigres48043058
Diego Reyes104.2121.921.7FC Porto13411421
Miguel Ponce104.3107.225.2Deportivo Toluca13711126
Marco Fabián104.5108.424.8Cruz Azul22615164
Isaác Brizuela103.3111.123.8Deportivo Toluca1718663
Javier Aquino113.5119.324.3Villarreal CF1589899
Carlos Peña106.9113.124.2Club Leon1118872
Raúl Jiménez110.1120.923.1CF America1138412
Alan Pulido103.7113.823.3UANL Tigres1196387
Javier Hernández124.3124.326.0Manchester United26114801
Average107.3115.626.3


Odds based on starting XI: Croatia: 38.8%, draw: 30.7%, Mexico: 30.5%

Cameroon vs Croatia 0-4


Cameroon

PlayerGoalimpactPeak GIAgeTeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Charles Itandje90.990.931.6Konyaspor34131491
Benoît Assou-Ekotto110.5118.330.2Queens Park Rangers32729020
Nicolas N'Koulou101.0107.224.2Olympique Marseille23020796
Alex Song140.7142.626.8FC Barcelona34526993
Aurelien Chedjou112.9118.528.9Galatasaray23219391
Stéphane Mbia108.2113.228.0Sevilla FC29423512
Eyong Enoh115.0120.128.2Antalyaspor17512817
Joel Matip114.6126.422.8FC Schalke 0421817860
Benjamin Moukandjo103.8105.325.6AS Nancy15911125
Vincent Aboubakar90.6104.422.3FC Lorient1127303
Maxim Choupo-Moting102.6105.425.21. FSV Mainz 0518911053
Average108.3113.826.7
Bench
Dany Nounkeu108.8113.928.2Besiktas13111637
Edgar Salli101.2118.221.8RC Lens633478
Pierre Webó91.3115.932.3Fenerbahce37823198
Maxime Feudjoun.a.n.a.n.a.00
Sammy N'Djock93.793.724.3Fethiyespor595394
Cédric Djeugouen.a.n.a.n.a.00
Henri Bédimo99.2105.430.0Olympique Lyon24520223
Allan Nyom99.599.626.1Granada CF14913370
Landry N'Guémo105.4110.728.5Girondins Bordeaux26219639
Jean Makoun117.9132.531.0Stade Rennes45836921
Samuel Eto'o126.0154.633.3Chelsea FC63153258
Fabrice Olinga83.9138.118.1SV Zulte-Waregem221070
Average102.7118.327.4


Croatia

PlayerGoalimpactPeak GIAgeTeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Stipe Pletikosa95.995.935.4FK Rostov24022345
Danijel Pranjic105.0130.232.5Panathinaikos33727009
Vedran Corluka116.9122.128.3Lokomotiv Moskva27424527
Dejan Lovren122.2125.924.9Southampton FC20417815
Darijo Srna143.0166.332.1Shakhtar Donetsk36231682
Ivan Perišic119.5121.825.3VfL Wolfsburg24516546
Ivan Rakitic127.7128.326.3Sevilla FC37026977
Luka Modric130.3135.728.8Real Madrid32926977
Sammir121.3124.127.1Getafe CF22417250
Mario Mandžukic129.3134.328.0Bayern München27021112
Ivica Olic102.4142.134.8VfL Wolfsburg35023498
Average119.4129.729.4
Bench
Mateo Kovacic92.0122.620.1Inter1308523
Ante Rebic97.6123.320.7ACF Fiorentina764872
Eduardo118.4135.131.3Shakhtar Donetsk22312299
Oliver Zelenika95.895.821.1Lokomotiva Zagreb474300
Danijel Subašic122.4122.429.6AS Monaco19818364
Šime Vrsaljko115.6129.222.4Genoa CFC15013120
Gordon Schildenfeld123.5129.329.2Panathinaikos21318814
Domagoj Vida122.3125.525.1Dinamo Kiev19617030
Ognjen Vukojevic123.8133.830.4Dinamo Kiev27722875
Marcelo Brozovic104.1123.021.5Dinamo Zagreb13010816
Milan Badelj128.4130.925.3Hamburger SV24520102
Nikica Jelavic117.8123.328.8Hull City27218971
Average113.5124.525.5


Brazil vs Croatia: Lineups and Goalimpact - #WorldCup opening game


Brazil

PlayerGoalimpactPeak GIAgeTeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Júlio César115.8115.834.8Toronto FC38135197
Dani Alves176.7191.931.1FC Barcelona54746927
Thiago Silva128.4134.429.7Paris Saint-Germain27424687
David Luiz131.5134.327.1Chelsea FC26223049
Marcelo150.1150.226.1Real Madrid28823952
Oscar123.9136.122.8Chelsea FC20013805
Luiz Gustavo141.4143.526.8VfL Wolfsburg24619437
Paulinho113.3113.825.8Tottenham Hotspur17013599
Fred109.6121.430.7Fluminense RJ24718248
Neymar114.5128.522.3FC Barcelona19715689
Hulk131.4136.027.8Zenit St. Petersburg21517654
Bench
Jefferson93.793.731.4Botafogo RJ22720944
Victor115.0115.031.3Atletico Mineiro24422712
Maicon121.7148.532.8AS Roma41236520
Dante136.6148.130.6Bayern München31227941
Henrique105.1109.227.7SSC Napoli17615694
Maxwell141.9168.332.8Paris Saint-Germain42034144
Fernandinho144.8150.529.1Manchester City26321922
Ramires130.1133.127.2Chelsea FC33927481
Hernanes123.0128.629.0Inter31525343
Bernard100.8118.321.8Shakhtar Donetsk1007259
Willian140.7141.425.8Chelsea FC27620399
113.7116.727.2Atletico Mineiro25017493


Croatia

PlayerGoalimpactPeak GIAgeTeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Stipe Pletikosa95.995.935.4FK Rostov24022345
Šime Vrsaljko115.6129.222.4Genoa CFC15013120
Vedran Corluka116.9122.128.3Lokomotiv Moskva27424527
Dejan Lovren122.2125.924.9Southampton FC20417815
Darijo Srna143.0166.332.1Shakhtar Donetsk36231682
Ivan Perišic119.5121.825.3VfL Wolfsburg24516546
Ivan Rakitic127.7128.326.3Sevilla FC37026977
Luka Modric130.3135.728.8Real Madrid32926977
Mateo Kovacic92.0122.620.1Inter1308523
Nikica Jelavic117.8123.328.8Hull City27218971
Ivica Olic102.4142.134.8VfL Wolfsburg35023498
Bench
Oliver Zelenika95.895.821.1Lokomotiva Zagreb474300
Danijel Subašic122.4122.429.6AS Monaco19818364
Danijel Pranjic105.0130.232.5Panathinaikos33727009
Gordon Schildenfeld123.5129.329.2Panathinaikos21318814
Domagoj Vida122.3125.525.1Dinamo Kiev19617030
Ognjen Vukojevic123.8133.830.4Dinamo Kiev27722875
Marcelo Brozovic104.1123.021.5Dinamo Zagreb13010816
Sammir121.3124.127.1Getafe CF22417250
Ante Rebic97.6123.320.7ACF Fiorentina764872
Eduardo118.4135.131.3Shakhtar Donetsk22312299


The Croatian World Cup 2014 Squad

This article was written by Mario Maric as part of the World Cup Blogger Project.

Little bit of history
Croatia is still relatively young Football Nation in terms of experience of playing at big stage. The team played their first competitive matches in the successful qualifying campaign for UEFA Euro 1996, leading to their first appearance at a major tournament in which Croatia won 5th place.

The next major competition was FIFA World Cup in 1998 in France. In Croatia's FIFA World Cup debut in 1998 the team finished 3rd and provided the tournament's top scorer, Davor Šuker who is now president of Croatian Football Federation.

After impressive start, next two campaigns were not so successful. Croatia qualified for World Cup in South Korea and Japan (2002) without losing a game in qualification tournament.  Even though they won game against Italy in group stages, Croatia failed to advance to the second round of World Cup.

The same thing happened in 2006. Croatia qualified for World Cup in Germany (2006) without losing a game in qualification tournament and then finished tournament in group stages, failing to advance to the second round of the World Cup. Croatia did not qualify for the last World Cup in South Africa (2010).

Road to Brazil
Croatia finished 2nd in qualification group A. Unlike 2002 and 2006, when they were unbeaten in qualification tournament, this time Croatia suffered 3 losses. They were 9 points behind Belgium and 3 points ahead of Serbia. When qualification tournament ended, national team coach Igor Štimac was fired. This was expected due to some very bad performances at the end of his spell as a national coach.

So Croatia had to play additional qualification games against Iceland with new national coach – Niko Kovač and his assistant and brother Robert Kovač (they also spent some time in their career playing together for Bayern Munchen). Croatia draw away, won at home and qualified for the World Cup in Brazil (2014), but lost team captain and one of key defenders. Josip Šimunić was banned from World Cup for “pro-Nazi” chants – such a stupid way to retire from playing football on international stage.

One very special game
First game in 2014 World Cup will be Brazil vs Croatia. Some might say: the easiest game to play. Eyes of the whole football world will be watching and expecting Brazil to win. You do not have anything to lose. Actually Croatia already lost something or someone – they lost their best striker Mario Mandžukić who serves a ban after receiving red card in last qualification game against Iceland. It is interesting that Croatia already played Brazil in World Cup in Germany (2006) and lost 0:1. In 2005 Croatia played friendly game against Brazil that finished in a friendly draw 1:1.

It is interesting to see that there are two players of Brazilian origin in current Croatian squad: Eduardo (Shakhtar) and Sammir (Getafe). First one might play instead of Mandžukić in opening game against Brazil and second one most likely will be left out when reducing squad from 30 to 23 players that will go to Brazil.
Good news is that Mandžukić will be able to play in games against Cameroon and Mexico that complete list of teams Croatia will play against in group stages. Croatia already played against Mexico in World Cup. It was in South Korea and Japan (2002) and lost 0:1. Croatia played against Mexico in two more occasions: friendly game in 1992 that Croatia won 3:0 and Korea Cup in 1999 that Croatia won 2:1.
Croatia so far never played against Cameroon.

Squad
Niko Kovač, national team coach, called following 30 players:

Goalkeeper
Defender
Midfielder
Forward
Stipe Pletikosa
(Rostov)
Darijo Srna
(Shakhtar Donetsk)
Luka Modrić
(Real Madrid)
Mario Mandžukić
(Bayern)
Danijel Subašić
(Monaco)
Dejan Lovren
(Southampton)
Ivan Rakitić
(Sevilla)
Ivica Olić
(Wolfsburg)
Oliver Zelenika
(Lokomotiva)
Vedran Ćorluka
(Lokomotiv)
Niko Kranjčar
(QPR)
Eduardo
(Shakhtar Donetsk)

Gordon Schildenfeld
(Panathinaikos)
Ognjen Vukojević
(Dynamo Kijev)
Nikica Jelavić
(Hull City)

Danijel Pranjić
(Panathinaikos)
Ivan Perišić
(Wolfsburg)
Ante Rebić
(Fiorentina)

Ivan Strinić
(Dnipro)
Mateo Kovačić
(Internazionale)
Duje Čop
(Dinamo)

Domagoj Vida
(Dynamo Kijev)
Milan Badelj
(HSV)


Šime Vrsaljko
(Genoa)
Ivo Iličević
(HSV)


Igor Bubnjić
 (Udinese)
Marcelo Brozović
(Dinamo)



Ivan Močinić
(Rijeka)



Mario Pašalić
(Hajduk)



Sammir
(Getafe)


This list of 30 players will reduce to 23 players that will form Worl Cup squad. Unfortunately left back Ivan Strinić got injured and will not be part of that squad. This could be major issue because he is the only true left back in the team. It was mistake not calling Hrvoje Milić (Rostov) who would be able to replace injured Strinić. Now it is the most likely that Danijel Pranjić will play as a left back, but he is more of a liability than asset in that position. Other option would be to use one of central backs in a position of a left back, probably Ćorluka who has some experience of playing as a right back.

Darijo Srna: According to Goalimpact
the best Croatian player
Croatia will most likely play in 4-2-3-1 formation. Key strength is fantastic trio of: Modrić, Rakitić and Mandžukić. Modrić had fantastic season in Real Madrid as one of the best players in a team full of football super-stars. Rakitić is captain in Sevilla, won EUFA League and is selected in best 11 of Primera this season. Mandžukić had some disputes with Pep Guardiola, but at the end finished as second best goal scorer in Bundesliga for a  second consecutive season.

Key problems that Niko Kovač must deal with are: already mentioned left back issue, defensive midfielder position and wingers. There are players that can play as defensive midfielder (Vukojević, Badelj) and wingers (Olić, Perišić), but balance of the team might be an issue.

First team
I will give my opinion on how should first team look like and compare it with two other sources. First source is Goalimpact (best XI according to Goalimpact score) and second source is WhoScored.


My opinion
Goalimpact
WhoScored
GK
Pletikosa ©
Subašić (122.2)
Subašić (6.89)
RB
Srna
Srna (142.6)
Srna (7.25)
LB
Pranjić
Pamić (124.4)
Milić (6.92)
CB
Ćorluka
Schildenfeld (123.4)
Ćorluka (7.28)
CB
Lovren
Vida (122.7)
Lovren (7.32)
DM
Vukojević
Vukojević (124.8)
Badelj (7.49)
DM
Modrić
Modrić (127.2)
Modrić (7.30)
AMR
Perišić
Badelj (128.9)
Perišić (7.21)
AML
Olić
Sammir (121.5)
Olić (7.19)
AMC
Rakitić
Rakitić (126.4)
Rakitić (7.60)
FW
Mandžukić
Mandžukić (130.9)
Mandžukić (7.46)


Whoever will be part of first team, expectations are the same. Supporters in Croatia expect the team to advance to the second round where Croatia would probably face Spain or Netherland.