World Cup 2018: Favourites Team Profile – Brazil

World Cup 2018: Favourites Team Profile – Brazil

June 11, 2018 Off By Alex Hammond-Gilles

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Nickname: Canarinha (Little Canary- reference to the yellow shirt)
Group: E
Best World Cup: Champions 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002
Last World Cup: Fourth 2014
Odds To Win: 4/1 (Bet365)

How Did They Reach The World Cup?

Brazil suffered their only defeat on Matchday 1 as they were beaten 2-0 by Chile.

Since then, they have dominated, winning 12 and drawing five to finish top of the CONEMBOL qualifying standings with 41 points, 10 more than second.

Comfortable victories over Peru and Venezuela were mixed with draws to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

Yet, the South Americans followed with nine consecutive wins, including against Ecuador (twice) and their arch-rivals Argentina.

Brazil rounded off campaign with a 3-0 victory over Chile and ensure they head to Russia as one of the favourites and most in-form sides.


Manager – Adenor Leonardo Bacchi “Tite”

Tite has spent the majority of his managerial career in his native Brazil, beginning in 1991 with Caxias, in his home town.

Stints at Brazilian clubs, including Gremio, Corinthians (on three occasions), Atletico Mineiro and Palmeiras, eventually lead to his appointment as Brazil national coach in 2016, after Dunga was sacked following a poor Copa America campaign.

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His first match in charge was the 3-0 victory over Ecuador in the World Cup qualifiers stage and Brazil were the first team to qualify, aside from the hosts Russia.


Star Player – Neymar

The 26-year-old Brazilian made the bizarre move from Barcelona to Paris-St-Germain in France, and has spent most of the season showboating as he scored 19 goals from 20 games, and picked up 14 assists along the way, before sustaining an injury.

Neymar has flair in abundance and has the ability to turn the game on its head with his skill, agility, pace and natural scoring talent.

His last World Cup ended in tears as he was stretchered off due to a back injury in their win over Colombia, before Brazil were torn apart against Germany.

Neymar will relish the chance to show off his talent and lead his nation into a new era of football with plenty of attacking threat and world-class players to support him.


One To Watch – Fred

The versatile central midfielder Fred, now a Manchester United player after completing a £52 million move, will be one to watch for Brazil as he shows great pace, tackling ability, key passer and launches counter-attacks.

The 25-year-old has received headlines following his move to the Premier League but will be relatively unknown to many, having spent the last five years at Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.

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The World Cup will be an opportunity for him to show off his talent to a global stage and have United fans looking forward to seeing him on the Old Trafford turf.

Chances of Spain Playing Brazil

Should the two nations win both of their groups, then they can only meet in the final.

Yet, if either finish second, then Spain and Brazil can do battle in the semis, with the latter hoping to avoid another 7-1 demolition, as it was four years ago against Germany.

World Cup Prediction

Brazil have a great squad, with world-class depth in most positions. There is also a collective sense of redemption will be on the cards for the Brazilians considering how they were knocked out of their own World Cup in 2014.

Combine this will the incredible talents of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Philippe Coutinho and many more, they look on course for a semi-final spot.

World Cup Squad

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio.

Defenders: Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel.

Midfielders: Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa.

Forwards: Neymar, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino.