Brazil World Cup squad 2022: The Selecao players eyeing glory in Qatar knockout stages

Brazil World Cup squad 2022: The Selecao players eyeing glory in Qatar knockout stages

Brazil are chasing their first World Cup triumph in two decades in Qatar with 26 men tasked with getting them there.

The South American giants went into the 2022 tournament as the top-ranked team in the world and many of the names on the list of coach Tite are household names, playing for some of the biggest club teams in the world.

But the fact remains that the lengthy World Cup drought will weigh on the team given the expectations back home as they go searching for a sixth World Cup title.

They were also unsuccessful in the most recent Copa America, placing more pressure on a team with already high expectations.

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Brazil World Cup squad

Tite named his final 26-man squad on Monday, November 7, seven days ahead of the FIFA-imposed deadline of November 14.

The surprise name on the list is 39-year-old Dani Alves, who didn’t have the best of seasons with Pumas UNAM in Mexico.

He’s Danilo’s backup at right-back and he was preferred over Tottenham’s Emerson Royal. Alves will be among the oldest players in World Cup history in Qatar.

Here’s the final 26-man list. Caps and stats are correct ahead of the start of Qatar 2022.

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PositionNo.PlayerClubAgeCaps
GK1AlissonLiverpool (ENG)3056
GK23EdersonManchester City (ENG)2918
GK12WevertonPalmeiras (BRA)3411
DEF4MarquinhosPSG (FRA) 2870
DEF14Eder MilitaoReal Madrid (SPA)2423
DEF3Thiago SilvaChelsea (ENG)38108
DEF2DaniloJuventus (ITA)3146
DEF16Alex TellesSevilla (SPA)297
DEF13Dani AlvesPumas UNAM (MEX)39125
DEF6Alex SandroJuventus (ITA)3137
DEF24BremerJuventus (ITA)251
MID15FabinhoLiverpool (ENG)2928
MID5CasemiroManchester United (ENG)3064
MID17Bruno GuimaraesNewcastle United (ENG)248
MID8FredManchester United (ENG)2927
MID7Lucas PaquetaWest Ham (ENG)2534
MID22Everton RibeiroFlamengo (BRA)3322
FWD26Gabriel MartinelliArsenal (ENG)213
FWD20Vinicius Jr.Real Madrid (SPA)2215
FWD10NeymarPSG (FRA)30120
FWD19AntonyManchester United (ENG)2210
FWD21RodrygoReal Madrid (SPA)216
FWD11RaphinhaBarcelona (SPA)2510
FWD9RicharlisonTottenham (ENG)2537
FWD25PedroFlamengo (BRA)252
FWD18Gabriel JesusArsenal (ENG)2556

The most notable absences from the final list were:

  • Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
  • Gabriel (Arsenal) 
  • Gabriel Barbosa (Flamengo)
  • Renan Lodi (Nottingham Forest)
  • Matheus Cunha (Atletico Madrid)
  • Philippe Coutinho (Aston Villa)
  • Emerson Royal (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Gerson (Marseille)
  • Luiz Henrique (Real Betis)
  • Rodinei (Flamengo)

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Reports in Brazil indicated in advance that Philippe Coutinho had picked up a right thigh injury that would keep him out for six weeks, thus forcing him to miss out on the World Cup, though his club form may have been enough given his subpar start to 2022/23 with Aston Villa.

In the end, regardless of whether it was form or fitness, there was no place for the former Liverpool and Barcelona man, but Tite is clearly confident that he has enough talent in his squad to go all the way, as Brazil seek to extend their record as the nation with the most World Cup wins with five. 

Here is the reaction of a few players who were watching Tite’s announcement live: PSG’s Neymar, Manchester United’s Antony, Tottenham’s Richarlison and Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaraes:

WORLD CUP 2022 SELECTED SQUADS:
Australia | Argentina | Belgium | Brazil | Cameroon 
Canada | Costa Rica | Croatia | Denmark | England
France | Germany | Ghana | Iran | Japan | Mexico
Netherlands | Poland | Portugal | Qatar | Senegal
Serbia | Spain | Switzerland | Uruguay | USA | Wales 

Brazil national team stars, strengths & weaknesses

Having entered the Qatar finals on a seven-game winning run, Brazil have found form at the perfect time for the 2022 World Cup.

They are among the leading contenders to win the tournament, and expectations will be sky high back at home after their path through the group stages. 

Stars

Big names don’t get much bigger than Neymar and the PSG attacker headed into the World Cup injury free and in fine form at club level. 

This current Brazil team also aren’t short of Premier League stars, with the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison — although the Arsenal man was ruled out of the tournament after sustaining an injury. A recent Richarlison injury has not keep him out of Qatar, and indeed he lit up the group stages with one of the goals of the tournament before dancing his way through the knockouts, but Aston Villa’s Coutinho was not as fortunate to make the final cut.

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Strengths

A key element of any successful Brazilian side is the attack, and they won’t be lacking in this area for the 2022 World Cup.

Tite has his star-studded side playing some great attacking football and they scored three or more goals in six of their last seven matches leading up to the tournament. Those strikes were shared around too, with no single player carrying Brazil in the final third. 

Weaknesses

As with most attack-minded teams, defence inevitably becomes an area of concern and this is the case for Brazil. A lack of pace in their backline leaves them vulnerable to counter-attacks, particularly when their full-backs are caught out of position. (The call-up of Juventus defender Bremer should help this area provided he sees the field.)

Another cause for concern is their recent World Cup record, with Brazil knocked out in the quarterfinals in 2018 and infamously beaten 7-1 by Germany in the 2014 semifinals. Those results could see doubt once again creep in as they chase redemption in Qatar. 

Can Brazil replace players on World Cup roster?

Once the final 26-man roster is official, participating teams at the World Cup could only make changes before the first game of the tournament, and only in the case of extraordinary circumstances.

According to the official tournament rules, “a player listed on the final list may only be replaced in the event of serious injury or illness up until 24 hours before the start of his team’s first match.”