With five trophies won, Brazil is the biggest nation in World Cup history. For this World Cup in Qatar, the Auriverde selection, led by Neymar, acts as the big favorite for the final victory. Tite’s men should also tumble into the emirate with a knife between their teeth since the Seleção has not been on the roof of the world since 2002.
Brazil remains to this day the only nation in the history of football to have not missed any edition of the World Cup. In Qatar, the Séleção will therefore take part in its 22nd world out of 22 organized since 1930.
Undefeated in the qualifiers for this 2022 World Cup, the Séléção wandered with 14 victories in 17 games played. Qualifications interrupted by a Copa America in the summer of 2021, where Brazil reached the final (lost to Argentina 1-0). Recently, Tite’s men easily dominated Ghana (3-0) then Tunisia (5-1) in a friendly match. The workforce is made up of very high level players in all positions, especially in attack with obviously the Parisian Neymar but also Vinicius, Richarlison, Raphinha or even Antony and Gabriel Jesus. A team in which we also find the captain of PSG Marquinhos, his predecessor Thiago Silva and the former Lyonnais Lucas Paqueta. In Qatar, Brazil is aiming for nothing less than the final victory.
Brazil match schedule
The list of 26 players
The doubt remained around the presence of Gabriel Jesus but the start of the season canon of the new Arsenal player convinced Tite. His teammate Gabriel Martinelli was also chosen, unlike Roberto Firmino, yet reassuring at the heart of Liverpool’s complicated start to the year. The experienced Daniel Alves will be present, although he did not play in official competition in October.
The probable composition
Coach Tite generally relies on a 4-2-3-1 scheme with a double pivot in the middle composed of Casemiro and Fabinho (or Fred). The system can also evolve into a 4-3-3 in which Lucas Paqueta appears in midfield. Offensively, Tite does not hesitate to perform a regular turnover. Some, however, seem to be unstoppable, like Neymar or Richarlison.
Player to watch: Richarlison
In this team studded with stars, he is not the one who takes all the light. However, the striker recently transferred to Tottenham shows great efficiency in the Auriverde jersey with 17 goals in 38 games played. He was also one of the major players in Brazil’s qualification for the World Cup, finishing second top scorer for his team (6 goals) in the playoffs, behind Neymar (8 goals). In Qatar, he is seeking a starting spot at the forefront of the Brazilian attack.