Country Report – Brazil

    A look at the country’s demographics, football history and its squad status prior to the Qatar World Cup 2022.

    Number of inhabitants: approx. 214 million.

    Continent: South America

    Confederation: CONMEBOL

    National Football Association: CBF (Confederação Brasileira de Futebol)

    Number of members: around 2,100,000. (1% of total population)

    International trophies won: 5x World Cup, 9x Copa America, 4x FIFA Confederations Cup

    Best World Cup result: Champions in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002

    Key Players

    In the past: Ronaldo, Pele, Romario, Ronaldinho, Cafu, Zico.

    Key current players: Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Casemiro, Alisson, Thiago Silva.

    Coach, formation and possible lineup

    Coach: Tite. (since 2016)

    Typical formation: 4-1-2-3 or 4-3-3

    Possible lineup:

    • GK: Alisson (Liverpool)
    • LCB: Marquinhos (PSG)
    • RCB: Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
    • LB: Alex Telles (Sevilla)
    • RB: Danilo (Juventus)
    • CM: Casemiro (Man Utd)
    • ACM: Lucas Paqueta (West Ham)
    • ACM: Neymar (PSG)
    • LW: Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)
    • RW: Raphina (Barcelona)
    • ST: Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal)

    Age Report

    Players aged 25 or under in the current lineup: 4

    Players aged 32 or over in the current lineup: 1

    There is 1 player in this lineup that will (most likely) be playing his last World Cup this year: Thiago Silva.

    There are 4 players in this lineup that can play at least two more: Lucas Paqueta, Vinicius Junior, Raphina, and Richarlison.

    The remaining 6 players could play in one or in some cases two more World Cups.

    Youngest player: Vinicius Junior, born 12 July 2000 (22)

    Oldest player: Thiago Silva, born 22 September 1984 (38)

    Average squad age: 27.8

    World Cup Qatar – Group G


    Thursday 24 November Brazil vs Serbia

    Monday 28 November Brazil vs Switzerland

    Friday 2 December Cameroon vs Brazil

    Our view:

    As always, Brazil has plenty of quality present, not just in this lineup but throughout their whole selection. In this lineup they combine experience with youth, tactical knowledge and positioning with agility and speed. They will have to be careful though not to lose themselves too much in their attacking play. With only one controlling midfielder and 5 attacking players, it remains to be seen how balanced the squad will be. Their opponents for the group stage (Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon) are definitely no pushovers, and will already provide a serious test for this Brazilian team. Without a doubt though, this lineup provides an offensive power without equal.

    So their opponents will also have their hands full trying to repel wave after wave of Brazilian attacks. Reason for which Brazil will always be a fan favorite!

    Prediction: top 4

    Update on 8 November after final 26 man squad was revealed. Changes: put Richarlison on the bench due to his injury. Replaced by Gabriel Jesus in the starting 11.

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