Brazil, as you might have heard, plays soccer well. The Brazilians have played in all 18 World Cups and have won five times (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002). They are the only team from the Americas to win a World Cup that was held in Europe (1958 in Sweden). They've finished in second twice, losing at home in Rio de Janeiro in 1950 to Uruguay before a crowd of 200,000 and also losing to France in Paris in 1998.
Croatia is making just its third World Cup appearance. The Croatians finished in third place in 1998.
The Brazilians are extraordinarily popular. The Croatians are, well, Croatian. But hey, I'm part Croatian, so I'll be pulling for the guys with the funny names that seem to be missing vowels (like Dado Prso or Darijo Srna).
My ancestry comes from four countries. Three of them are represented in the World Cup (Germany, Croatia, England). One isn't. Guess that nationality!