The Brazillians have long dominated the game of football with o jogo bonito (The Beautiful Game), winning the most world cup titles (5) in its 22 appearances in the tournament during the process.
On the other hand, with golden generations faded and the new wave of young players struggling to fill the huge shoes left by legendary players, Brazil have not had the chance to get their hands on the FIFA World Cup Trophy since 2002 and the 1-7 defeat to Germany on home soil remains daunting till this date.
But football is a weird and wonderful game, an aspect that makes fans and athletes have a love-hate relationship with it. In March 2022, the Seleção Canarinho regained the 1st position in FIFA Ranking after five years and went on an unbeaten run (14 wins and 3 draws) during their qualifying round to Qatar 2022. The revived Brazilian side now sets sight on its sixth title on the biggest stage of team football.
A Complete Squad
The disastrous ending in Brazil 2014 was largely due to the absence of their main stars Neymar and Thiago Silva, but in Qatar 2022, Brazil is spoiled with young and volatile strikers such as Vinícius Júnior, Rodrygo, Antony, Jesus, etc., in addition to their star talisman Neymar. An average of 2.35 goals per game during the qualifiers can only mean the matches in Qatar 2022 involving Brazil will be filled with goals.
Brazil is not only blessed with wide attacking options, but they also have depths in goalkeepers, defenders and midfielders. In terms of shot-stoppers, Alisson and Ederson are its premiere choices, while it has Silva, Militão, Marquinhos, Danilo, Alex Sandro, Alex Telles, etc. to be picked to form its back four as well as Casemiro, Fred, Fabinho, Lucas Paqueta, etc. to hold the fort in the middle.
Brazil is placed in Group G alongside Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon and it is no stranger to two of those three teams mentioned because they were also in the same group as Brazil in the last edition of world cup. Such a factor may prove vital for Brazil to finish the group strong and prepare themselves for the knockout rounds.
Do you think Brazil has what it takes to win the world cup again after a 22-year wait?