“We are very excited.” Bruno Cassucci says it just before getting on the World Cup plane. Globosporte’s special envoy answers the last message before traveling to Qatar 2022 about what this World Cup means for Brazil.
With Neymar better -in a total of 9 forwards called-, Brazil multiplies its candidate plate to reach the long-awaited sixth World Cup. Since 2002 the ‘Scratch’ hasn’t lifted it.
“Brazil, as usual, arrives as a strong candidate for the title. Less dependent on Neymar, the team has young and good forwards, a solid defense and more tactical variations than in 2018”, Bruno briefly analyzes. The verdeamarello team had a hard time running out of Ney in Brazil 2014 – they lost in the semis against Germany without their 10 – and suffered in 2018 by not having the creative at a good level.
Switzerland vs. Cameroon | 5:00 a.m. | Group G | Al Janoub Stadium (Al Wakrah)
Brazil vs. Serbian | 2:00 p.m. | Group G | Lusail National Stadium
Serbia vs. Cameroon | 5:00 a.m.| Group G | Al Janoub Stadium (Al Wakrah)
Brazil vs. Switzerland| 11:00 a.m. | Group G | Stadium 974 (Doha)
Cameroon vs. Brazil | 2:00 p.m. | Group G | Lusail National Stadium
Serbia vs. Switzerland | 2:00 p.m. | Group G | Stadium 974 (Doha)
Thus, now supported by Vinícius (Real Madrid), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Raphinha (Barcelona), Anthony (Manchester), Richarlison (Tottenham), among others, Scratch has the human material to face whoever comes their way. In group D they share with Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.
“I think that Serbia, due to its quality and also due to the nervousness of the debut, will be the most difficult opponent, but only with a big surprise Brazil will not be at the top of Group G”, says Bruno, who is already on Qatari soil to continue to your selection.
|goalkeepers||Alisson Becker (Liverpool) Ederson Moraes (Manchester City) Weverton (Palmeiras)|
|defenses||Éder Militao (Real Madrid) Marquinhos (PSG) Thiago Silva (Chelsea) Danilo Da Silva (Juventus) Álex Sandro (Juventus) Álex Telles (Sevilla) Dani Alves (Pumas) Bremer (Juventus)|
|Frills||Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle) Casemiro (Manchester United) Fabinho (Liverpool) Fred (Manchester United) Paquetá (West Ham united) Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo)|
|strikers||Anthony (Manchester United) Rodrygo (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Raphinha (Barcelona) Richarlison (Tottenham) Vinicius Júnior (Real Madrid) Gabriel Jesús (Arsenal) Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) Pedro (Flamengo)|
“Because of the number of figures that it has playing in big teams in Europe, Brazil looks like a ‘World Team’ with Neymar at the helm,” sports journalist Samuel Falvy tells us, who points out that the mere fact that there are 9 attackers called up warns of the offensive power of the Tité box, with what would be enough to win the group and think about the elimination rounds.
“Brazil doesn’t get ruffled if it doesn’t have a perfect group stage. From the eighth it is already a serious thing. Look at the number of strikers he is bringing, which he has left off the list. He is a firm candidate, for me the main one in this world cup, followed there only by France, Germany and Argentina”, says Wily Melgarejo, sports producer at DirecTV Sports.
Serbia seems to be the rival that could complicate Brazil, but Switzerland must also be taken into account, an orderly team. Cameroon will have to fight to hit the key.
“I see the group as very even. It is similar to the one that happened to the last World Cup, with Cameroon instead of Costa Rica. One could say that Brazil can easily win it, but Switzerland drew a draw in 2018. I would not rule out Serbia. I see everything very even ”, assures Melgarejo.
|archers||Dmitrovic (Sevilla), Rajkovic (Mallorca), Vanja Milinkovic Savic (Torino)|
|defenses||Stefan Mitrovic (Getafe), Milenkovic (Fiorentina), Pavlovic (Salzburg), Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Mladenovic (Legia Warsaw), Erakovic (Red Star), Babic (Almería)|
|Frills||Gudelj (Sevilla), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Lukic (Torino), Grujic (Porto), Kostic (Juventus), Racic (Braga), Maksimovic (Getafe), Ilic (Verona), Zivkovic (PAOK), Lazovic ( verona)|
|strikers||Tadic (Ajax), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham), Vlahovic (Juventus), Djuricic (Sampdoria), Jovic (Fiorentina), Radonjic (Torino)|
FIFA itself highlights that these five Serbian players must be followed: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Dusan Tadic (Ajax), Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) and Filip Kostic (Juventus). “Serbia could perfectly end up being the revelation team in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” reads the portal of the world football entity.
“The Serbs who qualified undefeated for the World Cup (sent Portugal to the playoffs), and place all their trust in their star Dusan Vlahovic, Juventus striker. Switzerland is a team that cannot be underestimated. They also qualified undefeated, and the fact that they don’t have big stars shows them to be a very disciplined team. The experienced Xherdan Shaqiri is the name of the goal. Cameroon will seek to be the surprise and overcome the quarterfinals of Italia 90. It has players in European football, but without a doubt Eric Choupo Moting, Bayern Munich striker, is the man to watch”, graphically Samuel Falvy.
|goalkeepers||Omlin (Montpellier), Gregor Kobel (Dortmund), Yann Sommer (Mönchengladbach), Philipp Köhn (Salzburg)|
|defenses||CEray Cömert (Valencia), Nico Elvedi (Mönchengladbach), Manuel Akanji (Manchester City), Ricardo Rodríguez (Torino), Silvan Widmer (Mainz 05), Fabian Schär (Newcastle)|
|Frills||Fabian Frei (Basel), Ardon Jashari (Luzern), Zakaria (Chelsea), Fabian Rieder (Young Boys), Xhaka (Arsenal), Djibril Sow (Eintracht), Michel Aebischer (Bologna), Remo Freuler (Nottingham Forest), Christian Fassnacht (Young Boys), Edimilson Fernandes (Mainz 05)|
|strikers||Shaqiri (Chicago Fire), Renato Steffen (Lugano), Noah Okafor (Salzburg), Rubén Vargas (Augsburg), Breel Embolo (Monaco), Haris Seferovic (Galatasaray)|
After eliminating France in Euro 2021, he left Italy out of direct classification in the Qualifiers, a streak that makes him a tough rival in this World Cup. “The defense backed by goalkeeper Sommer will be crucial to the success of the Swiss in Qatar,” says FIFA about the Europeans, whose figures include the aforementioned Yann Sommer, Ricardo Rodríguez, Granit Xhaka, Remo Freuler and the historic Shaqiri.
FIFA classifies Cameroon as a team with a combative and winning mentality, as was their coach Ribobert SOng on the pitch. “On the pitch, the Cameroonian coach uses a 4-3-3. He proposes a short game that always seeks to advance; very upright. He is capable of imposing a consciously assumed offensive style of play, ”says FIFA about the Africans.
|goalkeepers||Simon Ngapandouetnbu (Marseille), Devis Epassy (Abha), André Onana (Inter Milan).|
|defenses||Nicolas Nkoulou (Aris), Christopher Wooh (Rennes), Nouhou Tolo (Seattle Sounders), Olivier Mbaizo (Philadelphia Union), Collins Fai (Al-Tai), Jean-Charles Castelletto (Nantes), Enzo Ebosse (Udinese).|
|Frills||Olivier Ntcham (Swansea), Pierre Kunde (Olympiacos), Martin Hongla (Hellas Verona), Samuel Gouet (Malines), Gael Ondoua (Hannover 96), Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Naples), Jerome Ngom (Colombe Dja).|
|strikers||Moumi Ngamaleu (Dinamo Moscow), Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Besiktas), Vincent Aboubakar (Al-Nassr), Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon), Jean-Pierre Nsame (Young Boys), Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Bayern Munich), Christian Bassogog (Shanghai Shenhua) and Marou Souaibou (Coton Sport).|
Brazil is a firm candidate for the title in Qatar, with rivals who may stumble. “France’s casualties and let’s see how motivated Argentina is, it’s Messi and his friends,” Wily says.
The only country present in the 21 World Cups that have been played and from which much is always expected. With a new generation, shaken by what they experienced in 2014 and the loss against Germany, Scratch is today the team that moves more than passions.