World Cup 2014 team preview – Chile

Manager: Jorge Sampaoli
Captain – Cladio Bravo (Crystal Palace)

 

 

Chile is could be consider as outsider or one of the dark horses of the tournament. They played with high-intensity, high-pressure brand of football.

Notable Strength -They will have the capabilities at hand to disrupt the opposition and keep the ball for long periods themselves. and attacking threats anchored with Alexis Sánchez.

Notable Weakness – Defense. That’s the major concern for them. If they stop the flow of goal into their own net , they could be a difficult team to play.

 

Projected Starting XI

 

 

Goalkeeper – Claudio Bravo will be starting between the sticks for Chile

Defenders – Defense is a major concern for Chile , Gary Medel is the anchor of that defense , it will include Mauricio Isla  , Gonzalo Jara and Eugenio Mena at the backline.

Midfielders – Arturo Vidal will be crucial for Chile’s success , Mauricio Isla could start at the midfield. You could add Jean Beausejour ,  Marcelo Díaz , Fabián Orellana and Jorge Valdívia at the midfield mix.

Forwards – Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas  will be expected to lead the attacking line for chile. Both could provide headaches to opposing defenders.

Key Player –Arturo Vidal will be crucial for Chile , Probably the most complete midfielder in the world. Exceptional passing is , excellent tackling and ability to read the game is outstanding. His work-rate and athleticism is as impressive as anyone in the game.

Notable Missing Players – Matías Fernández has been ruled out of the squad

Surprise – Well if anyone would be surprise , it could be the opponents of Chile . They can be a dangerous squad to deal with. But then the surprise player could be Jorge Valdívia. 

 

One to Watch –  Alexis Sanchez should be the player to watch for Chile , if can carry the team along with Vidal is yet to be answered. One thing is for sure Sanchez could provide headaches for the opposing defenders. Eduardo Vargas should provide a lot of help for the Alexis Sanchez who will be a marked man for Chile.

Young Star – Chile brought a mature squad , But two younger players such as fullback and winger Miiko Albornoz could thrive if he’s given playing time. But Felipe Gutiérrez be more influential if he’s given a chance at the midfield.

 

Projection

Making it out of the Group Stage should be a good achievement for them. Especially they belong in the group with world cup finalist Netherlands and Champions Spain. If they make it to the round of 16, It would be to the cost of either Spain and Netherlands.

 

Complete Squad

 

# Pos. Player age Caps Goals Club
1 GK Claudio Bravo (Captain) 31 79 0 Spain Real Sociedad
12 GK Cristopher Toselli 25 4 0 Chile Universidad Católica
23 GK Johnny Herrera 33 8 0 Chile Universidad de Chile
2 DF Eugenio Mena 25 25 3 Brazil Santos
3 DF Miiko Albornoz 23 2 1 Sweden Malmö
4 DF Mauricio Isla 25 47 2 Italy Juventus
13 DF José Rojas 30 19 1 Chile Universidad de Chile
17 DF Gary Medel 26 61 5 Wales Cardiff City
18 DF Gonzalo Jara 28 65 3 England Nottingham Forest
5 MF Francisco Silva 28 12 0 Spain Osasuna
6 MF Carlos Carmona 27 44 1 Italy Atalanta
8 MF Arturo Vidal 27 54 8 Italy Juventus
10 MF Jorge Valdívia 30 57 4 Brazil Palmeiras
14 MF Fabián Orellana 28 26 2 Spain Celta Vigo
15 MF Jean Beausejour 30 59 5 England Wigan Athletic
16 MF Felipe Gutiérrez 23 18 1 Netherlands Twente
19 MF José Pedro Fuenzalida 29 23 1 Chile Colo-Colo
20 MF Charles Aránguiz 25 21 2 Brazil Internacional
21 MF Marcelo Díaz 27 21 1 Switzerland Basel
7 FW Alexis Sánchez 25 67 22 Spain Barcelona
9 FW Mauricio Pinilla 30 27 6 Italy Cagliari
11 FW Eduardo Vargas 24 30 14 Spain Valencia
22 FW Esteban Paredes 33 35 10 Chile Colo-Colo

 

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World Cup 2014 team preview – Australia

Manager: Ange Postecoglou
Captain – Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace)

Australia is probably not the favorite to progress in group b with spain , chile and netherlands. But if things gets better for them they can upset any team in the group. During the course of qualification Australia has been criticized for sticking to its old squad. But now they injected some young and emerging talent on the team.

Notable Strength – Australian team  are determined, gritty and hardworking.  They will disrupt opposition teams through a physical style and direct style of play.

Notable Weakness – Sadly though the team has a lack of talented ballplayers.

 

Projected Starting XI

 

 

Goalkeeper – Mathew Ryan should starting between the post for them. He will have plenty of shots on his goal.And it will require his shot-stopping skills.

Defenders – The Australian  now boost with the likes of Ivan Franjić , Matthew Špiranović  , Ryan McGowan and Jason Davidson.  This defense could expect lots bombardment by attacks of opposing teams, they should get ready to deal it.

Midfielders – If Australia has its strength , It will start from its midfield Mile Jedinak will anchor the midfield along with Mark Milligan and Mark Bresciano . At the wings youngster Tommy Oar and Ben Halloran will help australia to play a direct style of football.

Forwards – Tim Cahill is the undisputed striker for the team. Direct football but he should get plenty of help from youngsters Mathew Leckie and Adam Taggart.

Key Player –Mile Jedinak is the key for Australia , his style of play could be crucial for australia , his anchor role on that midfield could provide some upsets on the opposing teams.

Notable Missing Players – Mark Schwarzer although the veteran goalkeeper has been missing in the national setup for a while. Robbie Kruse could be a crucial part of this team , but injury prevented him in making it to the squad.

Surprise –  Australia is not old as they would thought , possible starting keeper Mathew Ryan is just 22 , possible left back Jason Davidson is also 22. While wingers Ben Halloran and Tommy Oar are 21 and 22 respectively.

 

One to Watch –  Mathew Ryan Belgian league’s goalkeeper of the year in his very first season and it will require him to have plenty of shots stop on during the group stages.

Young Star – Matthey Ryan will surely star this world cup , But how many goals could he stop from rampaging Spain , Chile and Netherlands ? . Ben Halloran and Tommy Oar  are crucial players and youngsters for the team. While Mathew Leckie and Adam Taggart should be given chance to play upfront.

 

Projection

Making it out of the Group Stage could be considered as an achievement already . an upset from or a draw from one of the three things could be good. Worst case scenario for them is they lost all of their three games.

 

Complete Squad

 

# Pos. Player age Caps Goals Club
1 GK Mathew Ryan 22 6 0 Belgium Club Brugge
12 GK Mitchell Langerak 25 3 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund
18 GK Eugene Galeković 32 8 0 Australia Adelaide United
2 DF Ivan Franjić 26 8 0 Australia Brisbane Roar
3 DF Jason Davidson 22 6 0 Netherlands Heracles Almelo
6 DF Matthew Špiranović 25 17 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
8 DF Bailey Wright 21 0 0 England Preston North End
19 DF Ryan McGowan 24 9 0 China Shandong Luneng Taishan
22 DF Alex Wilkinson 29 2 0 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
5 MF Mark Milligan 28 28 2 Australia Melbourne Victory
10 MF Ben Halloran 21 1 0 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf
11 MF Tommy Oar 22 14 1 Netherlands Utrecht
13 MF Oliver Bozanić 25 3 0 Switzerland Luzern
14 MF James Troisi 25 10 1 Australia Melbourne Victory
15 MF Mile Jedinak (captain) 29 43 4 England Crystal Palace
16 MF James Holland 25 13 0 Austria Austria Wien
17 MF Matt McKay 31 46 1 Australia Brisbane Roar
20 MF Dario Vidošić 27 22 2 Switzerland Sion
21 MF Massimo Luongo 21 1 0 England Swindon Town
23 MF Mark Bresciano (vice-captain) 34 73 13 Qatar Al-Gharafa
4 FW Tim Cahill (vice-captain) 34 68 32 United States New York Red Bulls
7 FW Mathew Leckie 23 7 1 Germany FSV Frankfurt
9 FW Adam Taggart 21 4 3 Australia Newcastle Jets

 

World Cup 2014 group preview – Group A

Projections

Team Points
Brazil 9
Croatia 6
Cameroon 4
Mexico 0

 

Brazil should clinched the group stage , while Croatia will be tough for them , Brazil can win against them.

Croatia should win against Mexico and Cameroon , even though a draw wouldn’t be bad , a win against this two should keep things going for them.

Mexico could go to round 16 , but Croatia and Cameroon are tough opponents , they also have a massive task against brazil.

Cameroon could be a tough opponent for Brazil , Mexico and Croatia. They are physically imposing squad coming to the world cup.

 

Well this group contains the host , Brazil . Cameroon who won the slot at third round and two teams who won slots via Playoff rounds.

 

 

World Cup 2014 team preview – Mexico

Manager: Miguel Herrera
Captain – Rafael Marquez (León)

 

Mexico has plenty of attacking but they failed to score goals , until the playoff  win against New Zealand. With new coach its not known how Mexico will play a attacking brand of football. Since the core of the team is playing domestically you can expect them to have more cohesion. And playing wide and dribbling to unlock  the opposing teams.

 

Notable Strength – Given the talent of Mexico , they are expected to play attacking football. With the new three center back line lead by Rafael Marquez .

Notable Weakness – Javier Hernándezno he’s not a weakness but a strength for mexico , but given his club form and limited playing time , It  will be crucial for mexico to score goals. Given the talent , scoring goals is major concern for mexico.

Projected Starting XI

 

 

 

Goalkeeper-  José de Jesús Corona will be expected to start ahead of Guillermo Ochoa

Defender  – Mexico will have three man center back anchored with veteran Rafael Márquez , he will be played alongside with Francisco Javier Rodríguez and Héctor Moreno. On the wingback position Paul Aguilar and Miguel Layún. Another possible option on that wingback position is the vastly experienced Andrés Guardado 

 

Midfielder – The mexican midfield will anchored with José Juan Vázquez. Also playing a important role in the midfield is Héctor Herrera who will be played alongside Andrés Guardado. Javier Aquino could provide width on the already width playing mexico.

Forward –  El Tri will have Giovani dos Santos and Oribe Peralta on the forward line. But the crucial player is Javier Hernández , can their star man regain his form ? T

 

Key Player –  Javier Hernández  is the key player for mexico. Can he poached goals for his side ? for sure he will get plenty of help from Giovani dos Santos if they play alongside.

Notable Missing players – Luis Montes is the most notable name missing in the Mexican team.

Surprise – Not scoring goals . that’s a surprise . despite of having a attack oriented team. they failed to score.  Diego Reyes a defender could surprise be surprised package at the defense. But not maybe a surprised inclusion given the raw talent he has.  Well there’s no big name player for them , except Javier Hernández. That could be surprise and not surprise as a well.

One to Watch –  Hector Herera is classic box-to-box midfielder that has energy and incisive passing.

Young Star – Diego Reyes is the youngest player in this squad but he’s not part on the major rotation on defense  for now.

Projection

Given the talent of mexico has , making it to Round 16 could be a good achievement for them. grabbing a point or win is the least they could do.

 

 

Complete Squad

Caps and goals updated as of June 3, 2014.

# Pos. Player age Caps Goals Club
1 GK José de Jesús Corona 33 33 0 Mexico Cruz Azul
12 GK Alfredo Talavera 31 14 0 Mexico Toluca
13 GK Guillermo Ochoa 28 58 0 France Ajaccio
2 DF Francisco Javier Rodríguez 32 94 1 Mexico Cruz Azul
3 DF Carlos Salcido 34 122 10 Mexico Guadalajara
4 DF Rafael Márquez 35 119 15 Mexico León
5 DF Diego Reyes 21 14 0 Portugal Porto
7 DF Miguel Layún 25 14 2 Mexico América
15 DF Héctor Moreno 26 52 1 Spain Espanyol
16 DF Miguel Ponce 25 8 1 Mexico Toluca
18 DF Andrés Guardado 27 103 14 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
22 DF Paul Aguilar 28 29 3 Mexico América
6 MF Héctor Herrera 24 12 0 Portugal Porto
8 MF Marco Fabián 24 14 6 Mexico Cruz Azul
17 MF Isaác Brizuela 23 7 0 Mexico Toluca
20 MF Javier Aquino 24 21 0 Spain Villarreal
21 MF Carlos Peña 24 16 2 Mexico León
23 MF José Juan Vázquez 26 4 0 Mexico León
9 FW Raúl Jiménez 23 25 4 Mexico América
10 FW Giovani dos Santos 25 75 14 Spain Villarreal
11 FW Alan Pulido 23 5 4 Mexico UANL
14 FW Javier Hernández 26 61 35 England Manchester United
19 FW Oribe Peralta 30 32 16 Mexico América

World Cup 2014 team preview – Croatia

Manager: Niko Kovač
Captain – Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Croatia is simply has talent , its hard to imagine they got a world cup spot not on qualifying but on a playoff spot. Croatia also brought youth in its current squad with the 6 players just under 23. If they get things going , its going be difficult for other teams to play them.

Notable Strength – The midfield of Croatia could be their major strength. Boosting the midfield are probably La Liga top none Spanish midfielders Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.  Also adding up to the mix is the emerging Mateo Kovačić.

Notable Weakness – Even with the talent of Crotia , its hard to predict whether they will show up that quality and produce the results.

Projected Starting XI

 

 

 

Goalkeeper-  Stipe Pletikosa is a favorite to start due to his experience , but this time Danijel Subašić would be starting for Croatia.

Defender  – Dejan Lovren has proved himself to be excellent central defender at club level , starting with him at defense will be Vedran Ćorluka.  Joining them  at defense playing at Right Back and Left Back are the vastly experienced Danijel Pranjić and captain Darijo Srna

 

Midfielder – Vatreni Midfield will be composed of Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitic (Now Barcelona ?)  And Inter Milan’s rising star  Mateo Kovačić. This midfield could be tough to handle with their technical abilities. Modric should be one of the worlds premier playmakers , while Ivan Rakitic prove himself to very useful at Sevilla’s. While Modric and Rakitic are established names on that Midfield , Kovačić could also ease pressure from both and could be the trump card of the midfield trio. Ognjen Vukojević could also be deployed at defensive midfield. While winger Ivan Perišić could provide width for the team.

Forward –  Croatia forward line will be missing Mario Mandžukić , but for one game only. Mandžukić should score goals for Croatia  provided  its vastly talented or “should be” influential midfield.  If Mandžukić  fails to deliver , there’s Eduardo and we will see if “telepathic understanding” between him and Luka Modric still exist.  Nikica Jelavić seems to be in form in club level.  In case they need another big winner on crucial matches , they could give veteran Ivica Olić  a chance.

 

Key Player –  Luka Modric Vision, touch, composure and incisiveness which allows him the ability to dictate the pace of the game
, probably Croatia’s best player. He should provide creativity on that midfield.  He partnered before with current manager Niko Kovač , now he should play the lead role on that midfield. If Modric and croatia  keeps things going , he should be one of the midfield stars in this world cup.

Notable Missing players – vastly experienced Josip Šimunić did miss the squad , even though  its been a while since he’s included in the set up .Niko Kranjčar is probably one of the notable names that is missing on the final 23.

Surprise – Mateo Kovačić should be a surprise given his age , but given his talent that wouldn’t be a question. If Croatia makes things work ,  most probably Kovačić will play a crucial part on it. If Kovačić is not a surprise the surprise  would go to Fiorentina’s forward Ante Rebić  .  Ivan Močinić and Marcelo Brozović will provide youth to team as both are 21 but given Modric , Rakitic and  Kovačić on that midfield its very hard them to find playing time.

 

One to Watch –  Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic is the core of the midfield , but Mateo Kovačić is the one to watch for croatia.

Young Star – Croatia brought a young squad with Oliver Zelenika (Goalkeeper) , Right Back Šime Vrsaljko. Midfielders Marcelo Brozović , Ivan Močinić and Mateo Kovačić.  And forward Ante Rebić. Of the youngsters it seems that Mateo Kovačić will likely to have the biggest impact.

 

Projection

A Quarter final spot would be a excellent achievement for Croatia . Making it out of group stage is the least that Croatia could do. Not making it to round 16 could be disappointment for Croatia but failing to grab a win or point could be considered a failure.

 

 

Complete Squad

# Pos. Player age Caps Goals Club
1 GK Stipe Pletikosa 35 110 0 Russia Rostov
12 GK Oliver Zelenika 21 0 0 Croatia Lokomotiva
23 GK Danijel Subašić 29 6 0 Monaco Monaco
2 DF Šime Vrsaljko 22 6 0 Italy Genoa
3 DF Danijel Pranjić 32 48 0 Greece Panathinaikos
5 DF Vedran Ćorluka 28 72 4 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
6 DF Dejan Lovren 24 23 2 England Southampton
11 DF Darijo Srna (captain) 32 112 21 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
13 DF Gordon Schildenfeld 29 21 0 Greece Panathinaikos
21 DF Domagoj Vida 25 23 1 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
4 MF Ivan Perišić 25 28 3 Germany Wolfsburg
7 MF Ivan Rakitić 26 61 9 Spain Sevilla
8 MF Ognjen Vukojević 30 55 4 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
10 MF Luka Modrić 28 74 8 Spain Real Madrid
14 MF Marcelo Brozović 21 0 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
15 MF Ivan Močinić 21 0 0 Croatia Rijeka
19 MF Sammir 27 5 0 Spain Getafe
20 MF Mateo Kovačić 20 9 0 Italy Internazionale
9 FW Nikica Jelavić 28 33 5 England Hull City
16 FW Ante Rebić 20 4 1 Italy Fiorentina
17 FW Mario Mandžukić 28 49 13 Germany Bayern Munich
18 FW Ivica Olić 34 91 18 Germany Wolfsburg
22 FW Eduardo 31 63 29 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk

 

World Cup 2014 team preview – Cameroon

Manager: Volker Finke
Captain – Samuel Eto’o (Unattached)

 

Notable Strength – Physically imposing team blessed with a strong spine, excellent fitness and pace in abundance.  And also a   tough opposition when playing in strong heat and humidity

Notable Weakness – Goal scoring could be a problem for Cameroon even though Eto’o is there and defense could also be a problem despite of having in form defenders.

Projected Starting XI

 

Simply one of the strongest team coming from Africa.  A Physically imposing team , excellent fitness and lots of pace.

 

Goalkeeper-  Charles Itandje is expected to start for Cameroon , they also brought local based goalkeeper

Defender  – Galatasaray  defender Aurélien Chedjou will be starting with Nicolas N’Koulou , Henri Bedimo and also Stéphane Mbia could play out of position at defense. Cameroon will also Schalke 04 center back Joel Matip at their disposal and Queen Park Rangers left back Benoit Assou-Ekotto

 

Midfielder – The Indomitable Lions will have a strong and very physically imposing midfield core , starting at Defensive midfielder is Barcelona’s Alex Song together with Jean Makoun , Eyong Enoh . With that midfield Sevilla’s  Stéphane Mbia maybe forced to play out of position at defense. Alex Song could also play at defense , but that’s highly unlikely. Landry N’Guémo is also a defensive midfielder that could fill this defensive midfielder dominated midfield of Cameroon

 

Forward –  Cameroon’s forward line will be led by Samuel Eto’o , even though he no longer the destructive and deadly striker that he once was. He can show glimpse of it , and can influence matches. Completing the attack for Cameroon is Pierre Webó and Benjamin Moukandjo. They also have Maxim Choupo-Moting and Vincent Aboubakar at their disposal on the forward line.

 

Key Player – Samuel Eto’o ,  If there’s one player that could influence cameroon its Eto’o , he’s now more of team player now than before. Alex Song should as the anchor of the team on the midfield.

Notable missing Players – Idriss Carlos Kameni is a notable missing , Defender Benoît Angbwa didn’t make it to the final cut as well as veteran striker Mohammadou Idrissou

 

Surprise  – Fabrice Olinga could be a surprise although 18 year old could prove to be useful for the attack for Cameroon if he’s given a chance.

 

One to Watch –  Nicolas N’Koulou  has already attracted european big clubs. Its now up to him to raise his profile more higher during this world cup.

Young Star – Cameroob brough lots of young talents with the team , including forward Fabrice Olinga and winger Edgar Salli , probably  Joël Matip could prove his worth more if he breaks into the starting XI

Making it out of the the group stages could be good achievement for Cameroon. Grabbing a win could be the least they could do.

 

Complete Squad

# Pos. Player age Caps Goals Club
GK Charles Itandje 31 9 0 Turkey Konyaspor
GK Sammy N’Djock 24 2 0 Turkey Fethiyespor
GK Loïc Feudjou  22 1 0 Cameroon Coton Sport
DF Nicolas N’Koulou  24 47 0 France Marseille
DF Aurélien Chedjou  28 30 1 Turkey Galatasaray
DF Joël Matip  22 22 0 Germany Schalke 04
DF Henri Bedimo 30 30 0 France Lyon
DF Benoit Assou-Ekotto 30 21 0 England Queens Park Rangers
DF Dany Nounkeu 28 15 0 Turkey Beşiktaş
DF Allan Nyom 26 9 0 Spain Granada
DF Cedric Djeugoue 21 3 0 Cameroon Coton Sport
MF Jean Makoun 31 66 5 France Rennes
MF Stéphane Mbia 28 49 3 Spain Sevilla
MF Alex Song 26 46 0 Spain Barcelona
MF Landry N’Guémo 28 39 3 France Bordeaux
MF Eyong Enoh 28 37 2 Turkey Antalyaspor
MF Edgar Salli 21 8 0 France Lens
FW Samuel Eto’o (Captain) 33 117 56 Unattached
FW Pierre Webó 32 55 18 Turkey Fenerbahçe
FW Maxim Choupo-Moting 25 26 12 Germany Mainz 05
FW Vincent Aboubakar 22 23 2 France Lorient
FW Benjamin Moukandjo 25 16 2 France Nancy
FW Fabrice Olinga  18 7 1 Belgium Zulte Waregem

 

 

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