World Cup 2022: Brazil team guide, how they could lineup, star to watch

World Cup 2022: Brazil team guide, how they could lineup, star to watch
World Cup 2022: Brazil team guide, how they could lineup, star to watch

Brazil is ranked No. 1 and the tournament favorite.

With Neymar as their spearhead, the Selecao look well-positioned to win again after 20 years.

Brazil has a favorable group and hopes to advance to the knockout stage.

Brazil’s group stage fixtures and UK kick-off times

Brazil vs Serbia (Thursday, November 24, 7pm)

Brazil vs Switzerland (Monday, November 28, 4pm)

Cameroon vs Brazil (Friday, December 2, 7pm)

Brazil’s Qatar 2022 qualification

Brazil breezed through South America’s marathon World Cup qualifying campaign.

They won every home game and drew against Colombia, Argentina, and Ecuador on the road, finishing six points ahead.

Despite their attacking style, they only allowed five goals in 17 games.

How Brazil could line up

Alisson is Brazil’s No1 ahead of Ederson, while the experience backline of Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Alex Sandro should prove formidable.

Casemiro will be joined by either Lucas Paqueta, Fred or Bruno Guimaraes in midfield but up front is where it gets interesting.

Coach Tite is spoilt for choice, yet Neymar, Raphinha, Vinicius Junior and Richarlison are the four likely to get the nod at the start of the tournament.

Predicted XI: Alisson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Paqueta; Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Junior; Richarlison.

Star man: Neymar

Brazil’s overreliance on Neymar is gone thanks to young attacking talent.

The 30-year-old remains the team’s star and will be eager to win a sixth World Cup.

Neymar has 11 goals and nine assists in Ligue 1 and 75 goals in 121 caps.

One to watch: Vinicius Junior

Vinicius is a bigger club star than Richarlison, but his international record deceives.

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has one goal in 16 games, while Richarlison has 17 in 38. That could change in Qatar.

Vinicius has gone from strength to strength for Real Madrid and is ready to become a world star for Brazil.

The Boss: Tite

Tite was appointed when Brazil was in danger of missing the 2018 World Cup.

A quarterfinal exit in Russia was followed by a successful Copa America campaign before a final loss to Argentina in 2018. The 61-year-old will have extra motivation heading to the Middle East.

Tite knows how to get the best out of this squad, and he could leave Qatar a national hero.

Brazil’s official 26-man World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras)

Defenders: Dani Alves (Pumas), Danilo (Juventus), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Alex Telles (Sevilla), Bremer (Juventus), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Thiago Silva (Chelsea)

Midfielders: Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle), Casemiro (Manchester United), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fred (Manchester United), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham)

Forwards: Antony (Manchester United), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Pedro (Flamengo), Raphinha (Barcelona), Richarlison (Tottenham), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)

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