Presentation of the World Cup teams: Brazil favorite of the tournament and of a group G where Switzerland and Serbia intend to show themselves – Sport/Foot Magazine

Each day we will present you with a summary of the different groups of the FIFA World Cup. Coach, star, ambition and statistics to remember, each team is scrutinized. Today, heading to group G where we find a Brazil which clearly aspires to a sixth star, after four tournaments where it has reached the last four only once (and with a huge knockdown at the finish ). His Swiss and Serbian adversaries intend to pass this first round and then surprise during the knockout phase. Finally, there will be not-so-indomitable Lions.

Brasil

Coach: Tite

Adenor Leonardo BacchiWhere Titus for short, has been the Brazilians’ manager for quite some time now. Prior to his stint as national coach, he collected numerous awards with Corinthians, and since 2016 has therefore been at the helm of Brazil’s superstars. He started with seven straight wins, but at the World Cup in Russia, the nation was disappointed with elimination by the red devilss in the quarter-finals. Nevertheless, he remained at the head of the Seleçao and won the Copa América in 2019. He disappointed again when Argentina won the next edition of the Copa, but again the Brazilian FA kept their faith in him. In the meantime, it has been announced that this World Cup will be the last for the 61-year-old coach.

The star: Neymar

In all positions, Brazil have super talented players. However, one man remains unquestionably the hero of the Seleçao : Neymar. He scored 74 times in 119 appearances for Brazil. To this must be added 52 assists. With these incredible numbers, he is able, with Vinicius Junior and Gabriel Jesus, to destroy any defense in Qatar. Can Neymar add a World Cup to his list and join the ranks of legendary Brazilians like Pele, Ronaldo and Rivaldo ?

Neymar intends to stick his tongue out at all his detractors during this World Cup. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

The ambition: the final victory

Brazil are the most successful nation of all time in the World Cup with five victories. This year, she has ambition again. It must be said that it has been twenty years since the Seleçao won it, which is very long by Brazilian standards. She hasn’t even reached the final once since 2002. This group of super-talented stars must put an end to that wait.

The number: 21

The number of World Cups played so far, but also the number of World Cups played by Brazil. The Seleçao is the only nation not to have missed a single edition. During those 21 appearances, she won the tournament five times, another record. Brazil remain the quintessential World Cup specialist and have already provided some legendary teams like the 1970 winners led by Peleor the impressive delegation of 2002. These two teams are considered among the best national teams of all time.

Serbia

Coach: Dragan Stojkovic

Dragan Stojkovic is a true legend of Serbian football. In the 1980s and 1990s he played for Red Star Belgrade and captained the Yugoslav national team. He was also one of the most prominent players in the 90 World Cup. He is also one of five players to have received the unique “red star star”, a distinction awarded by the Etoile Belgrade Red to footballers who have brought exceptional added value to the club.

For the last eight years of his career, Stojkovic performed in Japan at Nagoya Grampus. During this period, he notably evolved for several years under the orders ofArsène Wenger, which is a great source of inspiration for him. It was also in Nagoya that he started as a coach in 2008 and had his first successes, before moving to Guangzhou, China. He became Serbia’s national manager in March 2021, after which he went through the World Cup qualifiers unbeaten and sentenced Portugal to Cristiano Ronaldo at the dams.

The star: Dusan Tadic

The captain Dusan Tadic seems like the most obvious choice. The Ajax playmaker has been playing superbly with the Dutch club for years and continues his momentum for the national team. With his agility, his sense of goal and his ability to turn every stoppage into danger, Tadic is an opponent to be feared by all.

Yet it would be unfair not to briefly mention Aleksandar Mitrovic. The striker delivered a record season in Championship at Fulham last year. And with Serbia, he scored 50 times in 77 games.

Serbian captain Dusan Tadic intends to make the powder speak with his left paw. (Photo by Jurij Kodrun/Getty Images)

The ambition: pass the first round and surprise

Since the breakup of Yugoslavia, Serbia has had little fun in the World Cup: despite multiple qualifications, it has never survived the group stage. And she couldn’t qualify for the EURO for a long time. However, we feel that there is something in this team. Against Switzerland and Cameroon, Serbia must dare to be ambitious.

The figure: 94

The minute Ronaldo scored a disallowed goal in the 2-2 draw with Serbia. This goal could have given Portugal the lead in the qualifying group for the World Cup. The goal was canceled because the ball would not have crossed the line, while the images show the opposite. There was no VAR to correct the mistake so the Portuguese had to settle for a point. A crucial moment, since Serbia won the group and qualified directly while the Portuguese had to compete in the play-offs.

Switzerland

Coach: Murat Yakin

Murat Yakin is an icon of FC Basel. He had his heyday with the Swiss club at the turn of the century, winning trophy after trophy. As a coach, he has also won two titles there in the past decade and enjoyed successful European campaigns there. After the departure of Vladimir Petkovic, he took charge of the national team in August last year. And he skillfully qualified it from the start thanks to good results against Italy, condemning the latter to play-off matches against North Macedonia which will eliminate it.

The star: Granit Xhaka

Xhaka Granite at Arsenal, it’s a story of ups and downs. The Swiss player’s performances were erratic and he was jeered at by fans before returning to their good graces on several occasions. Those who saw him shine against France at the EURO last year have no doubts about his talent. The captain can dictate play like no one else in the Swiss squad and, with his regular game time with the Gunners this season, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be the master of the game. an ambitious Switzerland.

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Switzerland will be ambitious under the leadership of their captain Granit Xhaka. (Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

The ambition: to get out of the group and surprise

In a group where Brazil is the only major nation, Switzerland will certainly aspire to advance to the next round. The Serbs seem to be their toughest opponents. The two teams meet on the final day of the group stage in what promises to be an exciting game. Getting beyond the round of 16 seems more utopian: since 1954, Switzerland has never managed to do so in the World Cup. However, the talent of the Swiss should not be underestimated. Ask Kylian Mbappé.

The figure: 558

To date, Switzerland holds the record for the longest period without conceding a goal in the World Cup. In 2006, she was eliminated on penalties in the round of 16 without having conceded a single goal of the tournament. A unique case. Four years later, she still kept her clean sheet for one game and 75 more minutes. Which makes a total of 558 minutes without a goal conceded in the World Cup. Strong.

Cameroon

Coach: Rigobert Song

Rigoberto Song is the most capped player in the history of Cameroon. He was talked about during his playing career, mainly with Galatasaray and West Ham, but it is especially for his meetings with the national team that he is remembered. He shares with Zinedine Zidane the remarkable ‘honor’ of being the only player to have received a red card at two different World Cups. He was a lively centre-back who used his strength, speed and good heading game to keep opponents off the neck. Song has little coaching experience at the highest level and has only been in charge of the team since Cameroon’s disappointing AFCON performance in early 2022. It will be interesting to see how far his status as legend and his tactical abilities can lead him.

The star: Karl Toko Ekambi

Karl Toko Ekambi will have to provide the creative spark in a team that relies primarily on strength and combat. The tall and quick Lyon winger is still capable of a bang and has been a benchmark in Ligue 1 for several years, where he has consistently scored more than ten goals per season in recent years. With Cameroon, he has already scored twelve times in 49 matches, including five times in the last African Cup of Nations. Other players to watch are Vincent Aboubakar and André-Frank Zambo Anguissa.

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Karl Toko Ekambi will have to provide the creative spark in a team that relies primarily on strength and combat. . (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Ambitions: not to finish last in the group

Cameroon are back in the World Cup for the first time since 2014. The last time they managed to win a game was in 2002. In 2010, the Indomitable Lions were the first team to be eliminated mathematically. Cameroon may have been one of the best nations in African football, but those days now seem to be over. In a group where Brazil are the big favourites, they will have to try to take points against Serbia and Switzerland. Not an impossible task, but Cameroon will already be very happy if they survive the group stage.

The number: 5

The number of times Cameroon have won the African Cup of Nations, only Egypt do better. It underlines that it is indeed a country with a great footballing history. In the 1980s, especially, Indomitable Lions were formidable. In 1990, Cameroon became the first African country to qualify for the quarter-finals of a World Cup. Can this kernel revive the glory days of yesteryear?

Presentation of the World Cup teams: Brazil favorite of the tournament and of a group G where Switzerland and Serbia intend to show themselves – Sport/Foot Magazine