When Brazil takes the field in Qatar, they’ll be hoping to win the tournament for the first time in 20 years, and we’ll soon learn who the 26 players are who will be responsible for that.
Many of the names on manager Tate’s list will be household names playing for some of the biggest club teams in the world, and the South American powerhouses will enter the 2022 tournament as the top-ranked team in the world.
Tate’s team enters the tournament on a seven-game winning streak and hasn’t lost in 15 games overall. But the fact remains that the team’s long World Cup drought will weigh on them given the expectations back home as they go in search of a sixth World Cup title.
O Canarinho entrou oficialmente no modo Copa do Mundo e chegou pra convidar você a embarcar nessa jornada! 🤩🇧🇷
Vem aí: o Zap do Canarinho 📱
— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) November 3, 2022
Final 26-man Brazil World Cup squad
On Monday, November 7; seven days before FIFA’s deadline of November 14, Tite named his final 26-man squad. Dani Alves; who is 39 years old, surprised everyone by making the cut despite a less-than-stellar season with Pumas UNAM in Mexico.
He is expected to back up Danilo at right back and was chosen over Tottenham’s Emerson Royal. Should Alves be selected for the team that will compete in Qatar, he will be one of the oldest players in World Cup history.
The most notable absences from the final list are:
- Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
- Gabriel (Arsenal)
- Gabriel Barbosa (Flamengo)
- Renan Lodi (Nottingham Forest)
- Matheus Cunha (Atletico Madrid)
- Philippe Coutinho (Aston Villa)
- Emerson Royal (Tottenham Hotspur)
- Gerson (Marseille)
- Luiz Henrique (Real Betis)
- Rodinei (Flamengo)
Reports in Brazil indicated in advance that Philippe Coutinho has picked up a right thigh injury that will keep him out for six weeks, thus forcing him to miss out on the World Cup, though his club form may have been enough given his subpar start to 2022/23 with Aston Villa.
Here is the reaction of a few players who were watching Tite’s announcement live: PSG’s Neymar, Manchester United’s Antony, Tottenham’s Richarlison and Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaraes:
— Antony Santos (@antony00) November 7, 2022
E a alegria do @richarlison97 com a convocação? 😍
Vai ter Pombo na Copa do Mundo! ⚽ pic.twitter.com/R6agMbvq7V
— GOAL Brasil (@GoalBR) November 7, 2022
O momento em que Bruno Guimarães, com o filho no colo e ao lado da família, recebe a notícia da convocação para a Copa do Mundo. pic.twitter.com/42eYwfuHV0
— Gustavo Hofman (@gustavohofman) November 7, 2022
Brazil national team stars, strengths & weaknesses
Brazil is in fine form leading up to the 2022 World Cup, winning seven straight games.
Expectations at home will be through the roof because they are among the favorites to win the tournament.
Neymar, the PSG attacker who will go into the World Cup healthy and in top form for his club, is one of the biggest names in the sport.
Players like Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison, both of whom play in the Premier League, give this Brazil squad a good chance of shining in Qatar. Richarlison’s recent injury will not prevent him from playing in Qatar, but Aston Villa’s Philippe Coutinho will miss the tournament.
A key element of any successful Brazilian side is the attack and they won’t be lacking in this area for the 2022 World Cup.
Tite has his star-studded side playing some great attacking football and they’ve scored three or more goals in six of their last seven matches leading up to the tournament. Those strikes have been shared around too, with no single player carrying Brazil in the final third.
As with most attack-minded teams, defence inevitably becomes an area of concern and this is the case for Brazil. A lack of pace in their backline leaves them vulnerable to counter-attacks, particularly when their full-backs are caught out of position. (The call-up of Juventus defender Bremer should help this area provided he sees the field.)
Another cause for concern is their recent World Cup record, with Brazil knocked out in the quarter-finals in 2018 and infamously beaten 7-1 by Germany in the 2014 semi-finals. Those results could see doubt once again creep in as they chase redemption in Qatar.
🇧🇷 Brazil were the record 5-time champions, hosts and tournament favourites 🏆
🤯 #OnThisDay in 2014, however, 'Waiter' @ToniKroos served and scored goals as Germany won 7-1. Was it the most mind-blowing victory in #WorldCup history?@DFB_Team_EN | #ThrowbackThursday pic.twitter.com/BYtAM8h2q6
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 8, 2021
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 8, 2021
Brazil World Cup group
Brazil have been drawn in Group G alongside Switzerland, Cameroon and Serbia.
The Selecao have only ever failed to escape a World Cup group twice (1930 and 1966) and will be strong contenders to top Group G in 2022.
Should they do that, in the Round of 16 they’d face the runner-up from Group H, which contains Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea.
|Thurs, Nov. 24||Switzerland vs. Cameroon||5 a.m.||Al Janoub Stadium|
|Thurs, Nov. 24||Brazil vs. Serbia||2 p.m.||Lusail Stadium|
|Mon, Nov. 28||Cameroon vs. Serbia||5 a.m.||Al Janoub Stadium|
|Mon, Nov. 28||Brazil vs. Switzerland||11 a.m.||Stadium 974|
|Fri, Dec. 2||Cameroon vs. Brazil||2 p.m.||Lusail Stadium|
|Fri, Dec. 2||Serbia vs. Switzerland||2 p.m.||Stadium 974|
Brazil vs. Serbia squad, lineup
Tite will be wanting Brazil to make a statement in their opening match against Serbia and will no doubt look to field their strongest team.
With so much talent to choose from, the starting side has varied over the past few years with few positions nailed down. Brazil have also shifted between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 formations in recent times.
Brazil projected starting XI vs. Serbia (4-3-3)
DFs: Danilo — Marquinhos — Thiago Silva — Alex Telles
MFs: Lucas Paqueta — Casemiro — Neymar
FWs: Raphinha — Richarlison — Vinicius Junior
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