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FIFA World Cup: Brazil squad analysis

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Five-time world cup champion Brazil won their last world cup in 2002.

After that, they appeared in four more tournaments, including one in their home in 2014.

However, the champs have failed to win another Cup, even though they participated with their top-performing team each time.

Now, Brazil is heading to another FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar in 2022.

The event is going to start on November 20.

Let’s take a look at the squad analysis of Brazil for the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Brazil Squad

Table: Brazil’s 26-member Team for FIFA Football World Cup 2022

RolePlayers
GoalkeepersAlisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras)
DefendersDani Alves (UNAM Pumas), Danilo (Juventus), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Alex Telles (Sevilla), Bremer (Juventus), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
MidfieldersBruno Guimares (Newcastle United), Casemiro (Manchester United), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fred (Manchester United), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham United)
ForwardsAntony (Manchester United), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Neymar Jr. (PSG), Richarlison (Tottenham), Pedro (Flamengo), Raphinha (Barcelona), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Vinicius Jr. (Real Madrid)

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino and recently injured Aston Villa playmaker Philippe Coutinho were left out of Brazil’s World Cup squad.

Firmino’s omission is a big surprise.

Although this Liverpool star has been in good form this season, Tite did not consider him for the team.

Apart from Firmino’s omission from the team, there are no big surprises in the Brazil team.

With an aim for the sixth title, Brazil will begin their World Cup tour with a match against Serbia on November 24.

Five-time world champions Brazil has been waiting for another World Cup for 20 years.

The Latin giants have not benefited much from European dominance in recent times.

In 2014, Brazil reached the semi-final, which was their highest achievement after the 2022 World Cup win.

Goalkeepers

There is no shortage of stars in this year’s Brazil team.

Two of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, Alisson, and Ederson will fight for the goalkeeper position, while Waveraton is another key goalkeeper this year.

Defenders

In defense, Danilo, Alex Sandro, and Thiago Silva were predictable.

However, there was some confusion about whether veteran defender Dani Alves would be on the team at the end.

In the end, it seems Tite trusted Alves’ years of experience. Dani Alves has made history by becoming the oldest player in Brazil’s World Cup squad. He turned 39 last month.

Midfielders

Manchester United duo Casemiro and Fred will be in charge of midfield.

In addition to that, Fabinho’s inclusion adds more value to Brazil’s squad. With these top-notch players, as always, Brazil’s midfield is good. So there should be no doubt that Brazil will be in control of the game.

Forwards

Neymar will lead the Brazil attack.

In the 2014 World Cup, Brazil’s game strategy revolved around Neymar. It was the same in the 2018 World Cup.

However, this time Brazil is no longer a team dependent on Neymar.

The five-time world champions are not dreaming of winning the sixth World Cup depending on Neymar alone.

Apart from Neymar, there are stars like Vinicius, Rodrigo, and Richarlison on the team.

Main players

Neymar

Neymar has six career goals in the World Cup tournament.

But Neymar may pass Pele’s international goals (77goals) if he can score three more goals in the world cup.

Currently, Neymar has 75 international goals in his basket.

Vinícius Júnior

In his fourth year at Real Madrid, the 22-year-old led the club to a La Liga title with 17 goals and 10 assists besides scoring the winning goal in the Champions League final against Liverpool.

However, he only scored one goal in his 16 appearances for Brazil.

So, he will have to improve his goal score for the national team to become one of the best wingers in Brazil. And Qatar is definitely a good chance for him.

Thiago Silva

At 38 years old, it is remarkable that Thiago Silva is playing for the Brazilians while famous at an age when many other people are benched.

While at Chelsea, most counted him out due to his age, but he shone in the last two-plus seasons.

This World Cup will be his last appearance.

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