Brazil has not been world champion since 2002. An eternity for such a country. At each edition, he is necessarily a favorite. This year, that may be even truer.
Qatar could be the scene of Brazil’s sixth world title. After the disappointments of 2014 at home and 2018 when they were big favourites, but were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Belgium, Brazil are more favorites than ever this year because Tite has created a real team.
The 2022 team is much more complete than that of 2018 with a much more solid midfield and double positions, Fabinho, for example, is a substitute when he would be a starter in all the other selections, but in Brazil he is in competition with Casemiro. As goalkeeper, Tite has two of the best goalkeepers in the world with Alisson and Ederson. In attack, the coach has the choice between Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison.
Brazil displays certainties and a quality of play well above the other selections. Tite is not far from having one of the best Brazilian selections in history. Brazil have had time to put a team in place, they have been lining up impressive matches for more than two years even if we look forward to their clashes with European nations because they have mainly played against South American teams.
Brazil are undefeated for 15 matches and have won 24 of their last 29 meetings, a very impressive record, the two defeats were recorded against Argentina in a friendly in 2019 and in the Copa America final in 2021. The collective is perfectly oiled on the field and the group is complicit outside.
The 2022 team is much more complete than the 2018 team
There are a few stars, but no egos. They consider themselves brothers and those on the bench don’t sulk, when they come in they bring something. We see that the Brazilians are happy to be together. Neymar is obviously the big star of the team, the creator, but he is not under all the pressure like in 2014 when he played at home.
Tite took care to take the pressure off his star’s shoulders, he empowered other players so that the pressure is shared. Neymar seems to be in the form of his life, he is also good morally and that announces a great Neymar at the World Cup. He wants to mark the history of his country and when he is in good shape he is almost unstoppable. The 2022 World Cup could be Neymar’s, it will undoubtedly already be the Brazil World Cup.
November 24: Brazil Serbia at 8 p.m.
November 28: Brazil Switzerland at 5 p.m.
December 2: Cameroon Brazil at 8 p.m.
How did Brazil qualify?
Brazil truly flew through qualifying. In South America, they are very difficult, but Brazil had already qualified a year before the competition. They have won 10 of 18 qualifying matches by at least two goals. They were well ahead of Argentina, they only conceded 3 draws. They scored 40 goals and only conceded 5.
The player to watch: Neymar motivated like never before
Neymar has returned to his best level since the start of the season. Custodian of the PSG game, he multiplies the goals and assists. He has prepared well this summer to reach his peak of form for the World Cup which could be his last. To be the equal of the greatest in Brazil, he must win the World Cup.
He remains on two failures in 2014 and 2018 with a semi-final loss against Germany and a quarter-final against Belgium and has regularly declared that he would give his life to win this coveted trophy once in his life. . He also wants to improve his individual statistics in this competition, he who scored 6 goals in two World Cups (4 in 2014 and 2 in 2018).
The number: 45
In qualifying, Brazil broke Argentina’s points record. He scored 45 points, the previous record was held by Argentina’s Marcelo Bielsa who scored 43 points to qualify for the 2002 World Cup.
Brazil are the big favorites in the competition. It is also the most complete team in all its lines, also with an XXL bench. Even Argentina seems less complete than Brazil. If they bear the pressure, they won’t be far from the title.