Five-time world cup champion Brazil won their last world cup in 2002. After that, they appeared in four more tournaments, including one in their home in 2014. However, the champs have failed to win another Cup, even though they participated with their top-performing team each time. Now, Brazil is heading to another FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar in 2022. The event is going to start on November 20. Brazil’s coach announced the 26-member team on Monday (November 07, 2022) with those who are in the rhythm. Let's take a look at the squad analysis of Brazil for the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Brazil Squad Announced for 2022 FIFA Football World Cup
Table: Brazil's 26-member Team for FIFA Football World Cup 2022
|Goalkeepers||Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras)|
|Defenders||Dani Alves (UNAM Pumas), Danilo (Juventus), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Alex Telles (Sevilla), Bremer (Juventus), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (Chelsea)|
|Midfielders||Bruno Guimares (Newcastle United), Casemiro (Manchester United), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fred (Manchester United), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham United)|
|Forwards||Antony (Manchester United), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Neymar Jr. (PSG), Richarlison (Tottenham), Pedro (Flamengo), Raphinha (Barcelona), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Vinicius Jr. (Real Madrid)|
Source: CBS Sports
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Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino and recently injured Aston Villa playmaker Philippe Coutinho were left out of Brazil’s World Cup squad. Firmino’s omission is a big surprise. Although this Liverpool star has been in good form this season, Tite did not consider him for the team. Apart from Firmino’s omission from the team, there are no big surprises in the Brazil team.
With an aim for the sixth title, Brazil will begin their World Cup tour with a match against Serbia on November 24. Five-time world champions Brazil has been waiting for another World Cup for 20 years. The Latin giants have not benefited much from European dominance in recent times. In 2014, Brazil reached the semi-final, which was their highest achievement after the 2022 World Cup win.
Brazil team analysis for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
There is no shortage of stars in this year’s Brazil team. Two of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, Alisson, and Ederson will fight for the goalkeeper position, while Waveraton is another key goalkeeper this year.
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In defense, Danilo, Alex Sandro, and Thiago Silva were predictable. However, there was some confusion about whether veteran defender Dani Alves would be on the team at the end. In the end, it seems Tite trusted Alves’ years of experience. Dani Alves has made history by becoming the oldest player in Brazil’s World Cup squad. He turned 39 last month.
Manchester United duo Casemiro and Fred will be in charge of midfield. In addition to that, Fabinho’s inclusion adds more value to Brazil’s squad. With these top-notch players, as always, Brazil’s midfield is good. So there should be no doubt that Brazil will be in control of the game.
In the attacking position, Brazil means Neymar! This happened in the previous two World Cups in 2018 and 2018. In the 2014 World Cup, Brazil’s game strategy revolved around Neymar. It is the same in the 2018 World Cup. Neymar is the biggest star of the team.
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However, this time Brazil is no longer a team dependent on Neymar. The five-time world champions are not dreaming of winning the sixth World Cup depending on Neymar alone. Apart from Neymar, there are stars like Vinicius, Rodrigo, and Richarlison on the team.
Although the final team will consist of 11 players, there will be some key players. And definitely, the whole world will have eyes on them.
Although PSG’s start has been in the news for one controversy or another, his record for team Brazil has always been inspiring. He has six career goals in the World Cup tournament. But Neymar may pass Pele’s international goals (77goals) if he can score three more goals in the world cup. Currently, Neymar has 75 international goals in his basket.
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In recent days, Neymar has been in excellent form and scored seven goals in his last nine international outings, while he already crossed double digits for PGS in the 2022-23 season. Winning a World Cup trophy will make him one of the greatest of all time.
Vinícius Júnior, winger
The 2021-22 season ended up being the breakthrough that the world had been waiting for from Vini. While he was in his fourth year at Real Madrid, the 22-year-old led the club to a La Liga title with 17 goals and 10 assists besides scoring the winning goal in the Champions League final against Liverpool. However, he only scored one goal in his 16 appearances for Brazil.
So, he will have to improve his goal score for the national team to become one of the best wingers in Brazil. And Qatar is definitely a good chance for him.
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Thiago Silva, center back
Any preceding Brazilian captain may remain on a higher pedestal, but Thiago Silva has been outstanding because of his youthful age and years of superb gameplay. In his career, he has played an integral role in boosting the Brazilian central defense.
At 38 years old, it is remarkable that Thiago Silva is playing for the Brazilians while famous at an age when many other people are benched. While at Chelsea, most counted him out due to his age, but he shone in the last two-plus seasons. This World Cup will be his last appearance.
Ahead of the World Cup, FIFA, the governing body of international football, has set a deadline of November 14 to announce the team. However, Brazil’s coach Tite is reluctant to delay the announcement of the World Cup team.
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So far, we have analyzed the Brazil Squad for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Many people are giving different opinions after seeing the Brazilian team. Experts are analyzing the areas of strength and weakness. There are also divisions over who should have been kept and who should not have been taken. But, Brazil’s coach Tite seems, does not care about those criticisms. So, we have to wait until the end of the World Cup to see whether Tite was right or wrong.