• The host nation has never lost their opening World Cup game, with the 20 previous hosts winning 14 and drawing six of their openers.
  • Brazil's one previous tournament as hosts saw them defeat fellow 2014 Group A members Mexico 4-0 in their opening game (1950).
  • Eight of the last 12 opening matches at World Cups have produced one goal or less.
  • Brazil are taking part in their 20th World Cup. They are the only team to have taken part in every single tournament.
  • A Selecao have won the most games (67) and scored the most goals (210) at the World Cup.
  • Brazil have won eight of their last nine World Cup games in the group stages (1 draw). Their last defeat dates back to 23 June 1998 against Norway (1-2).
  • Croatia have only conceded 11 goals in 13 World Cup games (0.85/game). It's the best ratio among the 32 teams taking part in 2014.
  • Croatia's last nine World Cup games have produced six red cards.
  • Brazil won their one previous competitive meeting with Croatia 1-0 in the 2006 World Cup; Kaka scored the winner in Berlin that day.