Calendar (French time) in group G
November 24: Brazil-Serbia, at the Lusail stadium (8 p.m., TF1 and, BeIN Sports 1)
November 28: Brazil-Switzerland, at Stade 974 (5 p.m., BeIN Sports 1)
December 2: Cameroon-Brazil, at the Lusail stadium (8 p.m., TF1 and BeIN Sports 1)
Their nickname. There is of course the best known and used, the Seleçao (the “selection”). But also Canarinho (“little canary”), nickname given because of the canary yellow jersey, just like the Auriverde (the “yellow and green”). And when Brazilians want to flatter their ego, they talk about the Pentacampeoes (the “five-time champions”).
The group of 26:
Guardians: Alisson, Ederson, Weverton.
Defenders: Daniel Alves, Danilo, Alex Sandro, Alex Telles, Bremer, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Eder Militao.
Environments : Casemiro, Fabinho, Fred, Everton Ribeiro, Bruno Guimaraes, Lucas Paqueta.
Forwards: Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Richarlison, Raphinha, Rodrygo, Antony, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli, Pedro.
Better Qatar than ever. Always qualified since the creation of the World Cup, Brazil is playing its 21e final phase. The country has been crowned world champion five times (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002). A record.
The selector. Adenor Leonardo Bachi61, has been leading Brazil since 2016. At the time, the one who is better known by his nickname, Titus, had arrived at the bedside of a team in crisis after its elimination in the first round of the Copa America. Like his predecessor, Dunga, the former Corinthians coach – who has spent his entire career in his country apart from two short spells in the United Arab Emirates – embodies a more austere version of Brazilian football. more pragmatic than “joga bonito” (“beautiful game”), the sexagenarian seems to give more offensive freedom to his players. He has already announced that he would return his apron at the end of the tournament.
Summary note from the cabinet Le Monde
The strong points. Where to start ? In all positions, Tite is faced with wealth problems, starting with that of the goalkeeper where Alisson (Liverpool) is preferred to Ederson (Manchester City). In attack, the coach can even afford the luxury of leaving out Firmino (Liverpool). With a sharp and refined Neymar in his game, the Seleçao has its “X factor”, this player capable of changing the course of a tournament. On the sides, Brazil has talent and speed with Rafinha and Vinicius Jr. Without forgetting a solid and versatile midfielder with the Casemiro-Paqueta duo.
The weak spots. Because we have to quibble, we will say that Richarlison (despite his qualities) is not a pure center-forward of the level of Romario and Ronaldo during the last two world titles in 1994 and 2002. In defense, the hinge formed by Marquinhos-Thiago Silva has already experienced air pockets. Ask the PSG supporters instead.
The rating of the firm (out of 5): 4.5
Citing Brazil as one of the favorites for a World Cup is sometimes habit and easy. Not this year. With the quality and wealth of their workforce, the Auriverde offer serious guarantees and have been undefeated for fifteen games. But this status does not always stand up to the test of a World Cup and its adversity. The artists of 1982 (Zico, Falcao, Socrates) and the superstars of 2006 (Ronaldo, Kaka, Adriano, Ronaldinho) were also presented as potential winners but stopped before the semi-finals.
Keep an eye on him. Like Cristiano Ronaldo, Casemiro has his habits on the bench of Manchester United. A new situation for this Real Madrid manager from 2013 before leaving for England in August. Carlos Henrique Casimiro is what is known as a ‘tough on man’ defensive midfielder.
A painful one who assumes himself. “My job is to destroy, to be boring. Afterwards, there is a big difference between making a mistake and being a bad player. Mistakes sometimes win games. Doing it is understanding the game,” he theorized in an interview at SoFoot in May. When he trained him at Real, Zinedine Zidane spoke of him as his ” shield “. But Private Casemiro also knows how to project himself forward and even find the way to the net on occasion. Failing to still be with Manchester, the Brazilian is the basic man of the Seleçao.
Imagine Arsene… that the Brazilians have not always played with a yellow jersey. For thirty years they played in white and won their first Copa America in 1919 in that color. But white brings less luck in the World Cup. Especially in 1950 when the country lost “its” World Cup after a defeat against Uruguay (2-1) in front of 200,000 people at the Maracana. Four years after what is considered as a national drama at the time, yellow is in accordance with one of the colors of the flag. But it was not until 1958 that yellow became the color of happiness and victory at the World Cup in Sweden.
If you have decided to boycott…
Football was of little interest to Oscar Niemeyer, stadiums, yes. The architect (who died on the eve of his 105th birthday in 2012) could have built the future Maracana in 1950, but his project had been deemed too ambitious. If you are lucky enough to pass through Curitiba, the Oscar Niemeyer museum worth the detour. Opened in 2002, the place has become an international reference in the visual arts, architecture, urban planning and design. The eye-shaped tower is the originality of this museum in the pure style of the master.