Hosts Brazil will kick off the tournament by taking on the 1998 World Cup semi-finalists in Sao Paulo in Group A. Mexico and Cameroon are the other two teams in group, which the Selecao are expected to win comfortably.
Brazil will head into the tournament as the favourites, although the likes of Argentina, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands will provide tough competition for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side.
The encounter between the hosts and Croatia promises to be an exciting one, and Kompany is eagerly waiting for it to kick off. The City defender will be gunning for glory with Belgium at the World Cup, but he wishes his club teammate Fernandinho the best of luck for Thursday’s match.
The 29-year-old, who joined the Citizens from Shakhtar Donetsk last summer and played a crucial role in their 2013-14 Premier League triumph, is part of Brazil’s 23-man squad for the World Cup.
The opening game will be interesting to watch. Brazil are expected to pick up the three points, but they will be under pressure to deliver the goods and kick off their campaign on a strong note. Croatia are no easy pushovers and have some big-name players such as Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric and Ivica Olic.
Brazil will be favourites on Thursday, but there could well be an upset in store.