Brazil will be chasing their first World Cup triumph in two decades when they take to the field in Qatar and we’ve now identified the 26 men tasked with getting them there.
The South American giants enter the 2022 tournament as the top-ranked team in the world and many of the names on coach Tite’s list are household names, playing for some of the biggest club sides in the world.
Tite’s side have won seven games in a row before the tournament and haven’t lost their last 15 games.
The fact is, however, that the prolonged World Cup drought will weigh on the team in their quest for a sixth World Cup given expectations at home.
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Last 26-man Brazil World Cup squad
Tite named his final 26-man squad on Monday 7 November, seven days ahead of the 14 November deadline imposed by FIFA.
The surprise name on the list is 39 years old Daniel Alveswho didn’t have the best season with Pumas UNAM in Mexico.
He is believed to be Danilo’s backup at right flank and was chosen over Tottenham’s Emerson Royal. Alves will be one of the oldest players in World Cup history should he take to the field in Qatar.
Here is the final 26-man list.
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|GC||23||Ederson||Manchester City (ENG)||29||18|
|DEF||14||Eder Militao||Real Madrid (Spain)||24||23|
|DEF||3||Thiago Silva||Chelsea (ENG)||38||108|
|DEF||16||Alex Telles||Seville (Spain)||29||7|
|DEF||13||Daniel Alves||Cougars UNAM (MEX)||39||125|
|DEF||6||Alex Sandro||Juventus (ITA)||31||37|
|MEDIUM||5||Casemiro||Manchester United (ENG)||30||64|
|MEDIUM||17||Bruno Guimaraes||Newcastle United||24||8th|
|MEDIUM||8th||fred||Manchester United (ENG)||29||27|
|MEDIUM||7||Luke Paqueta||West Ham||25||34|
|MEDIUM||22||Everton Ribeiro||Flamengo (BRA)||33||22|
|FWD||26||Gabriel Martinelli||Arsenal (ENG)||21||3|
|FWD||20||Vinicius Jr.||Real Madrid (Spain)||22||fifteen|
|FWD||19||Anthony||Manchester United (ENG)||22||10|
|FWD||21||Rodrygo||Real Madrid (Spain)||21||6|
|FWD||18||Gabriel Jesus||Arsenal (ENG)||25||56|
The most notable absences in the final list are:
- Roberto Firmin (Liverpool)
- gabriel (Arsenal)
- Gabriel Barbosa (Flames)
- Renan Lodi (The Forest of Nottingham)
- Matheus Cunha (Atletico Madrid)
- Philippe Coutinho (Aston-Villa)
- Emerson Royal (Tottenham Hotspur)
- Gerson (Marseille)
- Louis Henrique (Real Betis)
- Rodinei (Flames)
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Reports from Brazil suggested so Philippe Coutinho sustained a right thigh injury That will sideline him for six weeks, thus forcing him to miss the World Cup, although his club form may have been enough given his underperforming start to the 2022/23 season with Aston Villa.
In the end there was no place for the former Liverpool and Barcelona man, whether it was form or fitness, but Tite is clearly confident he has enough talent in his squad to go all the way there Brazil are looking to extend their squad record as the nation with the most World Cup wins with five.
Here is the reaction of some of the players who watched Tite’s announcement live: PSG’s Neymar, Manchester United’s Antony, Tottenham’s Richarlison and Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaraes:
— Antony Santos (@antony00) November 7, 2022
E a alegria do @richarlison97 com a convocação? 😍
Vai ter Pombo na Copa do Mundo! ⚽ pic.twitter.com/R6agMbvq7V
– GOAL Brazil (@GoalBR) November 7, 2022
O momento em que Bruno Guimarães, com o filho no colo e ao lado da família, recebe a notícia da convocação para a Copa do Mundo. pic.twitter.com/42eYwfuHV0
— Gustavo Hofman (@gustavohofman) November 7, 2022
— TNT Sports BR (@TNTSportsBR) November 7, 2022
WORLD CUP 2022 SELECTED SQUAD:
Australia | Argentina | Belgium | Brazil | Cameroon
Canada | Costa Rica | Croatia | Denmark | England
France | Germany | Ghana | Iran | Japan | Mexico
Netherlands | Poland | Portugal | Qatar | Senegal
Serbia | Spain | Switzerland | Uruguay | United States | Wales
Stars, strengths and weaknesses of the Brazil national team
Brazil, currently winning seven games, have found form at the perfect time for the 2022 World Cup.
They are among the leading contenders to win the tournament and expectations at home will be sky high.
Big names don’t get much bigger than neymar and the PSG striker will go into the World Cup uninjured and in top form at club level.
This current Brazilian team isn’t short of Premier League stars either, among others Gabriel Jesus and Richardson All look ready to shine in Qatar. A recent Richarlison injury won’t keep him away from Qatar, but Aston Villa’s will Coutinho wasn’t so lucky.
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A key element of any successful Brazilian team is attack and in this area they will not be lacking at the 2022 World Cup.
Tite puts his star-studded side to play great attacking football and they have scored three or more goals in six of their last seven games before the tournament. Those goals were also shared and not a single player carried Brazil in the final period.
As with most attacking teams, defense will inevitably become a problem area and this is the case with Brazil. A lack of pace in their defense makes them vulnerable to counter-attacks, especially when their full-backs get out of position. (The call-up of Juventus defender Bremer should help that area provided he sees the field.)
Another cause for concern is their recent World Cup record, which saw Brazil eliminated in the quarterfinals in 2018 and Germany being beaten 7-1 in the 2014 semifinals. These results could raise doubts again as they seek redemption in Qatar.
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 8, 2021
World Cup Group Brazil
Brazil were drawn in Group G alongside Switzerland, Cameroon and Serbia.
The Selecao have only escaped a World Cup group twice so far (1930 and 1966) and will be a strong contender for the Group G lead in 2022.
In that case, they will meet the runners-up in Group H, which includes Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea, in the round of 16.
|Thursday 24th Nov||Switzerland vs. Cameroon||5 am||Al Janoub Stadium|
|Thursday 24th Nov||Brazil against Serbia||14 o’clock||Lusail Stadium|
|Mon, Nov 28||Cameroon vs. Serbia||5 am||Al Janoub Stadium|
|Mon, Nov 28||Brazil against Switzerland||11 clock||Stadium 974|
|Fri, Dec 2||Cameroon vs. Brazil||14 o’clock||Lusail Stadium|
|Fri, Dec 2||Serbia vs. Switzerland||14 o’clock||Stadium 974|
Brazil vs Serbia squad, line-up
Tite wants Brazil to make their mark in the opening game against Serbia and will no doubt be looking to field their strongest team.
Given the wide range of talent, the starting XI has changed over the last few years with only a few positions set. Brazil has also been switching between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 formations lately.
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Brazil predicted starting XI vs Serbia (4-3-3)
DFs: Danilo – Marquinhos – Thiago Silva – Alex Telles
MFs: Lucas Paqueta – Casemiro – Neymar
Firmware: Raphinha — Richarlison — Vinicius Jr
Can Brazil replace players in World Cup squad?
Once the final 26-man squad is official, teams participating in the World Cup can only make changes prior to the first game of the tournament and only in exceptional circumstances.
According to the Official Tournament Rules, “A player listed on the final list may only be replaced in the event of a serious injury or illness up to 24 hours before the start of his team’s first game.”
The team in question would have to submit a medical report to FIFA and if the world governing body determines that “the injury or illness is so serious that the player is unable to play at the FIFA World Cup”, the replacement will be allowed.
The substitute player must be from the provisional list of players submitted to FIFA in October.
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