Revitalised Brazil thinking big again
FIFA/Coca-Cola Ranking leaders Brazil will be taking a much-changed line-up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, with more than half the squad that fell to Belgium in the last eight in Russia four years having been replaced.
Aside from a change in personnel, there has also be a shift in the Seleção mindset. This is a more adventurous side that has harnessed the flair and attacking skills of a clutch of exciting young forwards who left Brazil at a young age and have established themselves at some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
They include Vinicius Junior, Antony, Raphinha and Rodrygo. Teenagers for the most part in 2018, when they were starting out on their careers, they are now ready to help Neymar shoulder the creative burden.
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“A Seleção had the results and the solidity but we lacked the impetuosity and creativity that these players bring,” said head coach Tite, who wasted little time in bringing the new generation into the fold. With so much talent at his disposal, he now has the difficult task of deciding who will make the trip to the World Cup and who will stay at home.
His side have just put together the best ever campaign in the South American qualifiers, recording 14 wins, three draws and no defeats and scoring 40 goals in total and conceding just five. Their aim now is to go all the way in Qatar.
Brazil's Group G fixtures
Brazil-Serbia (22:00 local time, Lusail Stadium)
Brazil-Switzerland (19:00 local time, Stadium 974)
Cameroon-Brazil (22:00 local time, Lusail Stadium)
Tite's approach and tactics
Since Maria Zagallo guided Brazil to victories in Mexico in 1970 and Germany in 1974, Tite is the first coach to lead A Seleção in two consecutive World Cups without a break. Tele Santana held the position in Mexico in 1986 and Spain in 1982, but he left it in the interim. That startling statistic reveals the 61-year-current old's degree of credibility, which he has mostly developed since his time at Corinthians, in a nation where foreign coaches are increasingly frequent at the club level.
Tite has acquired that reputation. Even though his teams suffered heartbreaking losses to Belgium in the Russian 2018 quarterfinals and Argentina in the Copa America final, he has presided over a period of excellence, leading his squad to 58 victories in his 76 matches as coach while losing just five and drawing 13 of the other 18 games.
He has gradually increased his techniques over the past 10 years and gained the respect of both the more experienced and less experienced players in the Brazil dressing room. Since 2018, A Seleção has employed a variety of formations, the most recent of which was in their final friendly against Ghana, when a 4-3-3 configuration without the ball was changed to a 3-2-5 formation with the ball to accommodate the team's potent offensive capabilities.
In reality, a four-man defense with two holding midfielders and Neymar free to move about the middle of the field and connect with two wingers and a center forward is more likely to be the preferred formation.
The two wingers will stay wide to serve as an outlet, and one of the full-backs will likely push infield and act as a playmaker or midfielder to help pass the ball about when the team has the ball.
Brazil defends itself rather deeply and looks to outpace its opponents with ball control, skill, and speed.
Key player: Neymar
Neymar's life has undergone significant shift since he made his international debut in 2011, yet he still plays fantastically unpredictable soccer and carries the hopes of millions of people with him.
He is now 30 years old and is beginning to think about his legacy and his future as a player for Brazil, which he believes will include achieving his two main goals of winning the World Cup and being recognized as the finest player on the planet. The year 2022 in Qatar seems to be the ideal time to accomplish both goals at once.
Neymar has essentially won everything there is to win, and he now has more backing than ever before to bring home the one trophy he genuinely desires. While goals and lots of flair may be expected from him, he can also enthrall the crowd with his brilliant playmaking, exquisite touch, and explosive dashes into the box.
One to watch: Vinicius Junior
Despite frequently making the Bernabeu faithful jump out of their seats, Vinicius is not yet a lock to start for a Brazil team that is loaded with quality. Tite's constant hunt for an offensive yet balanced line-up is primarily to blame for this.
Vini Jr., though, strengthens his case for a more important position on the national team with each passing month and each impressive skill display. The 22-year-old is a matchwinner who takes just a few seconds to breach defenses, and A Seleção are aware of this whether he starts the game or comes off the bench.
Brazil's World Cup history
Even though they haven't advanced past the semifinals since winning five championships in Korea/Japan in 2002, and even though Germany and Italy have closed the gap on them since then, A Seleção remain the most dominant nation in World Cup history.
Additionally, since USA 1994, they have advanced to the quarterfinals in every global championship..
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