World Cup 2014 team preview -Brazil

Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari
Captain – Thiago Silva (PSG)

Notable Strength – That Attacking football doesn’t stop at the midfield and attack , Attacking wingback should play a crucial part of brazil.

Notable Weakness – That ball playing midfield could not be the best position for brazil , but that’s not a weakness , after all they got the industrious midfield core. Their potential weakness  could be at the center forward role , if Fred fails to deliver goals. Hulk and Neymar should step up the goal scoring for Brazil

 

Projected Starting XI

Obviously they are one of the world cup favorites. Notable lacking ball playing quality (such as Germany , Spain and Italy)are missing on the midfield but they seems to be okay with it. And “Ronaldo” level of center forward is missing . Neymar should provide goal scoring deficiencies on that attack.

Goalkeeper – Julio Cesar is expected to start for Brazil even though  he’s not the number 1 on paper.

Defenders – Probably have the best attacking wingbacks this tournament , with Dani Alves and Marcelo. Thiago Silva is one the worlds best in his position if not the best , he will be partnered along the in-form Dante. David Luiz could be another option for the starting spot at center back instead.

Midfielders – Usually Brazil has the best midfielders , but not in the central midfield, it lacks the ball playing quality with the likes of Spain , Germany and Pirlo (ohh its Italy) ,  but  it will have the Physicality and industry of Paulinho and Luis Gustavo. The creativity will now fall into Oscar , making the midfield tick from the attacking midfield position. Hernanes could fill any positions on that midfield , while Fernandinho is box to box midfielder with excellent passing range that can contribute in  defense and the attack.   Ramires as well can cover on central midfielder , defensive midfielder or on Right midfield.

Forwards – Who would wear the coveted number 9 for brazil ? previously Ronaldo wore the number 9 thrice ( 1998 France , 2002 South Korea – Japan , 2006 Germany World Cup).  Luis Fabiano wore it last World Cup. Usually Brazil produces top notch central forward , but obviously there’s is decline on that position for them. Fred now looks to have made his that central forward his own. And Diego Costa could be perfect for  that number 9 forward but he choose to play for Spain and Scolari earlier said he prefer Fred over Diego Costa.  Hulk could also provide additional attacking  threat and can ease pressure on Neymar who should be Brazil best player during the world cup.

Key Player –Neymar is starting to show into the star many believed he would eventually become. He should lift this team with his  electric pace, sublime skill and should  pose an almighty headache for opposition defenders.

Notable Missing Players – Ronaldinho was the last of his kind (maybe) was omitted , Another missing former big name footballer missing is Robinho , But they are the thing of the past for brazil.  Lucas Moura was also omitted in the final line up. In form Athletico Madrid defenders Miranda and Felipe Luis also failed to make it to the final cut.

Surprise – Bernard is  well not a surprised addition (maybe a little bit) but if he will provide pace and energy on that loaded attacking unit of brazil if he is called and he’s the youngest member of the squad.  Willian also seems to be in good form to help brazil win the world cup.

 

One to Watch –  Oscar is the man to watch for brazil not Neymar , sure Neymar is the star man for them , but it will be up to Oscar if he could provide key plays on the attacking side of the pitch.

Young Star – Neymar should be the young star of the squad but given his current status of a being a established star , this one goes to Bernard. Bernard is the youngest player for the brazil side. His pace and energy could give Scolari option upfront.

 

Projection

World Cup Champions , a failure to win the world cup  at home could be consider as a failure. Making it to the final is the least.

 

Complete Squad

# Pos. Player age Club
1 GK Jefferson 31 Brazil Botafogo
12 GK Júlio César 34 Canada Toronto
22 GK Victor 31 Brazil Atlético Mineiro
2 RB Dani Alves 31 Spain Barcelona
3 CB Thiago Silva (Captain) 29 France Paris Saint-Germain
4 CB David Luiz 27 France Paris Saint-Germain
6 LB Marcelo 26 Spain Real Madrid
13 CB Dante 30 Germany Bayern Munich
14 LB Maxwell 32 France Paris Saint-Germain
15 CB Henrique 27 Italy Napoli
23 RB Maicon 32 Italy Roma
5 DM Fernandinho 29 England Manchester City
8 CM Paulinho 25 25 5 England Tottenham Hotspur
11 AM Oscar 22 30 9 England Chelsea
16 CM Ramires 27 42 4 England Chelsea
17 DM Luiz Gustavo 26 18 1 Germany Wolfsburg
18 CM Hernanes 29 24 2 Italy Internazionale
19 Winger Willian 25 6 2 England Chelsea
7 Winger Hulk 27 34 9 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
9 Striker Fred 30 32 16 Brazil Fluminense
10 FW Neymar 22 48 31 Spain Barcelona
20 Winger Bernard 21 10 1 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
21 Striker 27 16 5 Brazil Atlético Mineiro

 

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