There is little to go around it: Brazil are one of the huge favorites for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Perhaps for the long-distance challenge with Leo Messi’s Argentina, perhaps for the abundant and stellar-level attack selected by technical commissioner Tite, perhaps for the goal record with the green-and-gold shirt that Neymar could reach in Qatar, bypassing a absolute legend of world football like Pelé. But the fact is that the Selection arrives at the World Cup with a huge load of expectations, but also of talent and experience.
Most of the group that shows up in Qatar a year and a half ago lost the Copa America final, played at home in an almost deserted Maracanã due to the Covid pandemic, against arch-rivals Argentina. Undoubtedly it is a wound still very open in the soul of Brazilian footballers, but in the meantime many of them, Vinicius Junior and Eder Militao above all, they have had the experience of winning major trophies at clubs where the pressure is on. While others, above all Thiago Silva And Neymarprobably have the awareness of playing for their last chance to raise the most important football trophy to the sky.
The coach of Brazil: Tite
The selector of the Brazilian national team is Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, said more simply Tite, a 61-year-old man born into a family of Italian descent. A manager after a very long 26-year career spent almost entirely in his home country and after winning all possible trophies with Corinthians in 2012, he was chosen to take over from Dunga in 2016. In six years on the job he brought a “only” trophy: the Copa America 2019dominated thanks to the super tournament of Dani Alves (unbelievably still present today) e Alissonand the explosion of Gabriel Jesus.
But this time Tite knows he can’t be wrong. During the pre-World Cup retreat in Turin he did not hide in an interview with Tuttosport: “We arrive at every World Cup as favourites for our glorious history. We understand the expectations of the fans and the media, we will have to make the most of our skills“. Also admitting some of his errors of evaluation: “I noticed Bremer’s qualities only after his move to Juventus. Before, playing only three, some characteristics of him remained more hidden. I’ve followed him a lot since September, he’s very mature and he’s never nervous about his age“. In all likelihood, the Brazil coach is fully convinced that the time has come to win the World Cup, without excuses or excuses.
The squad and how Brazil plays
Indeed, the rosters Brazilian can count on players of the highest level, in a mix of talent, youth, bets and experience that almost borders on perfection:
- GOALKEEPERS: Alisson, Ederson, Weverton;
- DEFENDERS: Danilo, Dani Alves, Alex Sandro, Alex Telles, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Eder Militao, Bremer;
- MIDDLE FIELDS: Casemiro, Fabinho, Guimaraes, Fred, Paqueta, Everton Ribeiro;
- FORWARDERS: Neymar, Vinicius Junior, G. Jesus, Antony, Raphinha, Richarlison, G. Martinelli, Rodrygo, Pedro Guilherme.
And there are also the great excluded: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool and Gabigol, fresh from winning his second Copa Libertadores with Flamengo. In all likelihood Brazil will line up on the field with a 4-2-3-1. In goal, despite the presence of Edersonthe ownership of can not be considered in question Alisson. Even in defense there is no shortage of ballots: captain Thiago Silva And Marquinhos they can be considered immovable, but Daniel, Eder Militao and the eternal Dani Alves they will contest a place on the right wing probably throughout the World Cup.
But the choices get even more complicated from midfield forward. The United couple can be considered the starting lineup Casemiro-Fredbut the presences of Fabinho and the joker Paqueta could shuffle the cards on the table. In the offensive department, however, choosing becomes almost impossible: Neymar, Vinicius, Antony, Raphinha, Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison and Rodrygo for just four places, with the rising star from Arsenal Martinelli and the former Fiorentina flop, exploded with the Flamengo shirt and probably the only classic center forward in the squad, Pedro Guilherme on background. For those who follow from home there will certainly be fun, while for Tite these decisions will be crucial.
The star of Brazil: Neymar
It will be a crucial moment, perhaps the most important of his career, if not life, even for the star of Selection: Neymar da Silva Santos Junior. In the head of the PSG striker there are many thoughts: the number 77, or the goals that Pele he scored for Brazil, only two lengths away; the message launched just over a month ago to the whole world: “I think it will be my last World Cup. I don’t know if I will have the mental strength to face football anymore. I will do everything to make my biggest dream come true“; and the promise, on paper joking but maybe not, made with Leo Messi: “I’ll wait for you in the final to beat you“.
If the pressures and expectations on the Brazilian expedition have reached one of the highest peaks ever, those on the shoulders of the 10 of Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain are not even measurable in words. But one thing is certain: he will be ready to be the technical leader of his team and to meet his destiny. Trying to keep the promise.