An old wisdom says: know your enemies. Under that motto we fille the major competitors of the Red Devils for the world title in Qatar. What are their major themes? Who should we keep an eye on? And what do the experts expect? Last reviewed: Brazil.
It has been 20 years since Brazil lifted the World Cup again. An eternity for the football superpower.
Last year Brazil lost in the final of the Copa América against arch-rival Argentina, the previous World Cup our Belgians already knocked the Brazilians out of the tournament in the quarter finals and the 7-1 at the World Cup in their own country (2014) was the pinnacle of the Brazilian deadlock.
Yet luck seems to be on the side of the Brazilians again. The selection – in contrast to many other top favorites – had virtually no injuries. And it seems to have no equal in quality and breadth in Qatar. For example, there were no less than 8 Brazilians on the match sheet of the last Champions League final.
Certainly offensively, the opulence is great. Guys like Gabriel Jesus, Rodrygo and Martinelli are actually not expected in the base.
The bookmakers agree: Brazil is the big favorite for the world title.
Captain Cafu was the last Brazilian to lift the World Cup again.
The man on the front pages
Neymar is a man with a mission in Qatar.
The Brazilian star has always experienced the setbacks of the Golden Canaries from the front row in recent years. At times he even embodied it.
For example, Neymar made the stands collectively cry at the 2014 World Cup in his home country Brazil when he was kicked off the field in the quarterfinals. The ultimate dream of winning a world title in front of a home crowd was carried away on a stretcher.
Four years later, Neymar was again the target of all ridicule in Russia. The Brazilian was taunted by the international media and the public for his many dives and rolls on the pitch.
Now the Brazilian is heading to Qatar in absolute top form, ready to prove his point.
The talent you don’t know yet
In the selection of the Seleção it is good to look for noble unknowns. Tite’s white blackbird is therefore no stranger to football followers.
Still, Gabriel Martinelli was seen as the big surprise in Brazil’s selection.
The youngest Canary experienced a stormy development at Premier League leader Arsenal this year. The swift winger convinced Mikel Arteta as a basic player in this preparation and did not relinquish his spot afterwards.
On his right wing, Martinelli has already scored 5 goals and 2 assists in 14 Premier League games.
Martinelli is not a basic player in Brazil, but with his speed he can perfectly carry the role of super sub.
Martinelli swaps Arsenal’s red for Brazil’s green for a month.
Did you already know?
For lack of choice, he was given the number 17, but Bruno Guimarães would have preferred to wear 39 on his back.
Not just as a lucky number. Also as a tribute to his father, who drove around Rio de Janeiro in his taxi until the early hours with the same number to fund his son’s football career.
“Always take 39,” the driver assured. “It will bring you happiness, as it brought happiness to our family before.”
So far it works. Guimarães turned out to be a fixture at Newcastle in the Premier League. The versatile midfielder is linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid through his performances.
Without his favorite number, he hopes to become the lucky charm of the national team at this World Cup. Although he will first have to win the battle for a basic place from fixed values Fred and Casemiro.
What is the prognosis of the local expert?
Bruno Vicari – journalist and presenter at ESPN Brasil
“In Brazil there is of course always tension before a World Cup, but now it is different. It cannot be compared to the experience in 2014, here. The presidential elections divided the country last month and therefore there was not the full focus on the World Cup .”
“Bolsonaro and his supporters dressed in the Brazilian football shirts, so there was always that link between Bolsonaro and football. Only since the elections have ended, people who are not supporters of Bolsonaro also wear the Brazilian shirt and it can be seen separately from a political significance.”
We have a lot of confidence in the team and in our coach Tite, a real man of character.
“We have a lot of confidence in the team and in our coach Tite, a real character man. He can create a defensive organization, and has a lot of experience with Thiago Silva and Casemiro. But the rest of the defense sometimes dares to cause problems Fortunately, we more than make up for that with offensive opulence.”
“We are also in an easy group, but afterwards a difficult road to the final awaits. We will probably first meet Portugal or Uruguay and then Germany or Spain. Our stars in the front will therefore have to be top fit to make our dream come true. “
Bruno Vicari’s predicted eleven
Results last 5 matches
- Brazil – Tunisia: 5-1 (friendly)
- Brazil – Ghana: 3-0 (friendly)
- Japan – Brazil: 0-1 (friendly)
- South Korea – Brazil: 1-5 (friendly)
- bolivia – Brazil: 0-4 (World Cup qualification)
Brazil’s group matches