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BRAZIL WORLD CUP 2022 SQUAD: WHO’S IN AND WHO’S OUT?

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Five-time World Cup champions Brazil are the most successful team in the history of the competition, but 2002 was the last time the Selecao got their hands on the coveted trophy.

There were quarter-final exits in 2006, 2010 and 2018, while they had to settle for fourth spot in 2014 after a tournament to forget.

Now it’s up to the likes of Neymar, Vinicius Junior and more to end the Selecao’s drought and finally bring home the trophy once more.

They will first have to find their way past Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon, however, before bigger tests likely await in the knockout stages.

GOALKEEPERS

It’s a clear battle between Alisson and Ederson for the No.1 jersey, with the Liverpool goalkeeper earning Tite’s preference in the recent games after the duo split duties at the 2021 Copa America, where Weverton made one start as well.

Weverton can expect to play the role of number three while the two established stoppers battle for the starting berth.

Name Club
Alisson Liverpool
Ederson Manchester City
Weverton Palmeiras

 

DEFENDERS

Brazil have no shortage of options in defence.

Thiago Silva and Marquinhos will fancy their chances of starting through the middle, but Eder Militao, and Bremer are both regular starters at some of Europe’s biggest clubs, too.

Given just how good Arsenal have been this season, it’s a big surprise to see Gabriel Magalhaes miss out on making the squad entirely.

Dani Alves continues to defy the odds and has officially made the cut for Tite’s squad, while Alex Telles has also been included having found more regular minutes at Sevilla.

Name Club
Thiago Silva Chelsea
Marquinhos Paris Saint-Germain
Danilo Juventus
Eder Millitao Real Madrid
Alex Telles Sevilla
Alex Sandro Juventus
Bremer Juventus
Dani Alves PUMAS

 

MIDFIELDERS

And there is possibly even more strength in depth in midfield.

Manchester United duo Casemiro and Fred are solid options in the holding role, while Fabinho’s inclusion provides Brazil with yet another outstanding defensive candidate.

Lucas Paqueta offers a bit more creativity on the ball, but will be made to work for his spot in the XI thanks to Bruno Guimaraes’ inspiring form at Newcastle earning him a place in the squad.

The big news is that Philippe Coutinho has missed out.

Name Club
Casemiro Manchester United
Lucas Paqueta West Ham United
Fabinho Liverpool
Fred Manchester United
Everton Ribeiro Flamengo
Bruno Guimaraes Newcastle United

 

ATTACKERS

Brazil’s wealth of options up front is another reason why they are one of the pre-tournament favourites.

There’s Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Gabriel Jesus, Raphinha, Antony and Richarlison. The list just goes on and on.

And that’s not even taken players like Rodrygo and Gabriel Martinelli into account.

It’s fair to say that plenty of coaches will be envious of Brazil’s attack in Qatar!

Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino is arguably the most high-profile name who missed out.

Name Club
Neymar Paris Saint-Germain
Richarlison Tottenham Hotspur
Vinicius Junior Real Madrid
Antony Manchester United
Raphinha Barcelona
Rodrygo Real Madrid
Pedro Flamengo
Gabriel Jesus Arsenal
Gabriel Martinelli Arsenal

 

STRONGEST XI

Neymar is the star name in the squad and should be leading the line, with Vinicius Junior and Raphinha bombing down the flanks in support.

Then expect the experience of Thiago Silva and Marquinhos at the back, with Alex Sandro and Danilo to take up the full-back positions.

Casemiro should power the engine in the middle alongside Fred and Lucas Paqueta.

Alisson completes the starting XI in between the sticks.

Brazil XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Fred, Casemiro, Paqueta; Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Junior

NOTABLE ABSENTEES

It’s not easy picking just 26 players from such a wide pool of talent and it’s inevitable that some big names miss out.

Firmino, Coutinho and Gabriel will all have hoped to be making the trip to Qatar, but were left off the final squad list.

Name Club Reason
Roberto Firmino Liverpool Tactical
Philippe Coutinho Aston Villa Tactical/Injury
Gabriel Magalhaes Arsenal Tactical

Source: goal.com

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