Odds on favorite to win it all, Brazil are loaded with elite, world class talent and have a squad that will drag them deep in this tournament. Led by the enigmatic and skillfully tactical Neymar, Brazil are win or bust with this team and have some demons to exorcise too. Last World Cup, with a squad comparable to the insane one they will field this year, in front of their own home nation, Brazil CRUMBLED and fell apart against Germany to lose out 7-1 to the eventual World Cup champions. Out for revenge and to reassert themselves in this tournament, Brazil are not messing around.
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While the whole roster could be highlighted here are just 3 players to watch for:
Neymar – The Barcelona star, turned PSG French league champion, Neymar is the only name in recent memory to enter in to the name tier of Messi and Ronaldo. In 20 league games this season, cut short with injury, Neymar scored 19 goals and 15 assists. That is incredible, and the fact that PSG didn’t go deeper in Champions League will fuel his fire even more to cement his place outside of Messi’s shadow. 26 years old now, Neymar has the experience mixed with talent to drive a team… but he doesn’t have to because this team is deep!
Fred – Another one name wonder, Fred gets the spotlight after impressing in Champions League play this season for Shakhtar Donetsk. While not a goal scorer or play maker on the box score, Fred will patrol Brazil’s midfield, breaking up the oppositions transition game, and finding the many outlets up top Brazil has at their disposal to create the teams offence. Rumored to be moving to Manchester United, Fred has a lot to prove in this tournament.
Marcelo – The seemingly ageless, shaggy headed, leftback attacker(?) from Real Madrid will pilot the exciting Brazilian squad this World Cup. Whether he has the armband or not, Marcelo has an overwhelmingly positive mentality and will be embraced as a leader on the team and his gamesmanship will hopefully rub off on the entire team. Although a defender by position, Marcelo is so dynamic in attack that he seems to overlap often and wind up in the oppositions box either lacing through balls or hammering home shots.
Brazil almost doesn’t need a preview – their squad speaks for itself. But, the depth of attack is so crazy that the likes of Firmino from Liverpool and Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City will combine up top for this team. Their back line consists of Danilo, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo and Filipe Luis, keepers Alisson and Ederson are both elite, and their midfield led by Casemiro, Paulinho, and Fernandinho prove this team is so deadly.