The record of Brazil, member of Group G of the Qatar World Cup-2022.
World Cup: 22nd participation (the only team to play in all the World Cups). Best result: Five times champion (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002).
America’s Cup: 37 participations. Best result: Nine times champion (1919, 1922, 1949, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2007, 2019).
FIFA ranking: 1st.
Nicknames: ‘Seleção’, ‘Canarinha’, ‘scratch’, ‘verdeamarela’.
President of the Federation: Ednaldo Rodrigues.
Number of members: 27 (one for each state, including the Federal District).
Main clubs: Corinthians, Flamengo, Palmeiras, Santos, Sao Paulo.
Qualifying: Brazil finished top of the South American qualifier with a record score of 45 points in 17 games.
The coach: Appointed in 2016, Tite (61 years old) changed the course of a team in crisis after the historic beating against Germany (7-1) in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup, played on his territory, and a bad start in the South American qualifying round for Russia-2018 under the leadership of Dunga.
He formed a solid and balanced team to surround Neymar, but also to make up for the star’s numerous absences. Criticized in Brazil for his alleged defensive tastes, his team rode the South American tie and started as one of the favorites to lift the Cup in Qatar. The concerns? Argentina beat him in the final of the Copa América-2021, played at the Maracaná, and has not faced a European team since 2019.
The statement: “I am expectant, but focused. We reached the World Cup. Now it’s time to reach the final and be champions. That’s the truth. For Russia, I was the coach for other reasons. Now I had the opportunity to do the full cycle of four years. The expectations are high, but the focus is on the job.” (Tite to the British newspaper The Guardian in June 2022).
The star player: At 30 years old, Neymar will seek revenge after his unfortunate World Cups in 2014 and 2018. The ’10’ hopes to replicate the great performances he has had with PSG this season to star in a three-way play: break the drought of Twenty years without the ‘Seleção’ winning a World Cup, outlining himself as a serious candidate for the elusive Ballon d’Or and finally ingratiating himself with the Brazilians, who are torn between loving him or hating him.
Eleven type: Alisson – Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro – Raphinha, Casemiro, Fred, Lucas Paquetá – Neymar, Richarlison.
Probable list of the 26 summoned:
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool, ING), Ederson (Manchester City, ING), Weverton (Palmeiras, BRA).
Defenders: Danilo (Juventus, ITA), Dani Alves (Pumas, MEX), Marquinhos (Paris Saint Germain, FRA), Thiago Silva (Chelsea, ING), Eder Militão (Real Madrid, ESP), Ibañez (Roma, ITA), Alex Sandro (Juventus, ITA), Alex Telles (Manchester United, ING).
Midfielders: Casemiro (Manchester United, ING), Fred (Manchester United, ING), Fabinho (Liverpool, ING), Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle, ING), Lucas Paquetá West Ham, ING), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo).
Attackers: Neymar (Paris Saint Germain, FRA), Raphinha (Barcelona, ESP), Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid, ESP), Richarlison (Tottenham, ING), Antony (Manchester United, ING), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool, ING), Rodrygo (Real Madrid, ESP), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal, ING), Pedro (Flamengo).
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