Brazil: World Cup 2014 FIFA Team Preview @TheRoyaleIndia

Brazil: World Cup 2014 FIFA Team Preview

June 12, 2014 223 0 0

Coach:Luiz Felipe Scolari

FIFA rank:3

Formation:4-2-3-1

World Cup History: Champions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002), Runners up (1950, 1998), Quarterfinals (1954, 1986, 2006, 2010)

Coach & Manager - Luiz Felipe Scolari

Luiz Felipe Scolari @TheRoyaleIndia

Brazil are the only team to have qualified for every World Cup that has been held till date. Their record in World Cups is nothing short of amazing and is a testament to why they are revered as the greatest footballing nation. They have won five World Cups till date which is a record.

Brazil qualified for the 2014 World Cup as the host nation, therefore less is known about their competitive form when compared to the other top nations taking part. With an ultra-passionate crowd behind them, a savvy coach and a well-settled team enjoying a sparkling run of form, Brazil are hot favourites to lift a record sixth World Cup in July.


History at the World Cup

Brazil have been dominant at World Cups and have gone into every single one of them as favourites. Their 1962 triumph was the last time the defending champions won and Mane Garrincha stood out with extraordinary performances.

But their 1970 World Cup win was the period which captivated the globe. With an experienced Pele leading their charge and excellent players like Carlos Alberto and Jairzinho, it was one of the best displays of football in history.

But, after 1970, despite having players such as Zico, their trophy cabinet next got an addition in 1994 where Romario came to the forefront with spectacular performances to help Brazil win the World Cup for a fourth time. It was the tournament in which Cafu debuted, a player who would go on to repeat this achievement eight years later.

After a heartbreaking loss to France in 1998, they came back strong in 2002 to recreate their past glory with an effective attack. Luis Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho made up one of the most devastating attacking trios in modern football as Brazil won the World Cup for a record fifth time, an achievement no side has emulated till date.

Squad

There are some slight concerns about this team, though. Most notably a lack of depth in the centre forward position, which Fred now looks to have made his own. In central midfield too, whilst they have physicality and toughness with Paulinho and Luis Gustavo, they are without a ballplayer to match the calibre of those possessed by Spain, Italy and Germany.

Scolari has assembled a squad that isn’t rich in flair and panache but has a mixture of all components – flair, stability and experience. Julio Caesar is expected to guard the goal while Thiago Silva is an assured presence at the back. Although David Luiz could turn out either way, Scolari has back-ups available in Dante and Henrique, although it is highly doubtful he would do so. Dani Alves and Marcelo are experienced players who would no doubt be the first-choice.

Although Scolari has been facing some heat for dropping big names like Lucas Moura, Philippe Coutinho and Filipe Luis, the present squad is short of nothing and has the necessary components to bring home the World Cup for a record sixth time.

Goalkeepers: Júlio César, Jéfferson, Grêmio

Defenders: Dani Alves, Maicon, Marcelo, Maxwell, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Dante, Henrique

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Ramires, Fernandinho, Oscar, Willian, Hernanes, Bernard

Forwards: Fred, Neymar, Hulk, Jô


Manager

Luiz Felipe Scolari is the man who won Brazil their fifth World Cup. Since then, Brazil have disappointed. His appointment this time around was perceived by many as a step back.

However, Scolari has transformed the side which was questionably inexperienced and young into potential World Champions. The transformation has been at such a quick pace that the top teams from the world failed to equate with it.

Player to watch out for: Neymar Jr.

Neymar Jr @TheRoyaleIndia

With an impressive 27 goals already scored for his country, Neymar is starting to bloom into the star many believed he would eventually become. Blessed with electric pace, sublime skill and a keen eye for goal – often spectacular at that – the Brazil forward will pose an almighty headache for opposition defenders this summer.

Best starting XI

The beauty of Scolari’s side is such that there is never much change. Unlike Spain or Germany who tweak the side regularly because they can, Scolari goes with a set of players whom he trusts and knows will deliver.

Goalkeepers: Júlio César

Defenders: Dani Alves, Maicon, Marcelo, David Luiz

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Ramires, Fernandinho, Oscar

Forwards: Neymar


Prediction

Brazil’s expectations are at an all-time high with the fans and supporters demanding nothing other than a triumph. They have been placed as the No.1 team in Group A as a result of being the hosts.

To their benefit, they have a relatively easy group that can be warded off without being touted as a ‘Group of Death’. Part of a diverse group with teams from four different continents, Mexico, Croatia and Cameroon look like threatening teams on paper but it is hard to see them go past Brazil.

Mexico have come off a poor qualifying campaign while Croatia and Cameroon have had mediocre ones. While the three teams may fight it out between themselves for the second spot, Brazil to top the group and they should do it without any real trouble.

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