In recent weeks, we have seen plenty of rumours relating to the Brazil World Cup squad for the FIFA World Cup 2022. And interestingly, Brazil is the favourite to win the 2022 World Cup according to the bookmaker odds.
Brazil World Cup Squad 2022
This puts them ahead of other key favourites such as England, France, Argentina, Spain, and Germany. But when you look at the possible Brazil World Cup squad, it’s clear to see why they are listed as red-hot contenders. The team has a great mix of experienced and youth, and they have real potential to do extremely well at the tournament in Qatar.
With this said, our aim here is to show you which players have been confirmed for the World Cup. The manager has yet to confirm which players have received the call-up, however, and we don’t expect this announcement until around six weeks before the tournament. But we can hazard a pretty good guess at certain names that will be called. And all of this will become clear as we run through the Brazil World Cup squad for each position right now.
Brazil World Cup Squad – Defence
Everybody knows that winning a World Cup, it’s not all about scoring goals. In fact, the defence is arguably as important as the strike force if a team is to have any chance at all. So on that note, let us disclose the most likely Brazil World Cup squad when it comes to the defenders. Tite (the Brazilian manager) has revealed that he will possibly take the following guys for his defensive lineup:
- Dani Alves
- Alex Sandro
- Alex Telles
- Eder Militao
- Thiago Silva
Most of the guys listed here are incredibly experienced, and the majority of them play for top clubs. Some key elements here also relate to the chemistry of the Brazil World Cup squad from the back. For example, Danilo and Alex Sandro both play for Juventus, so they know each other's strengths and weaknesses inside out. As for some of the other guys, you’ve got Thiago Silva and Marquinhos who are both very experienced at the highest level.
Of course, we don’t have 100% confirmation regarding the Brazil World Cup squad as of yet. But to stress once more, these are names that are the most likely candidates. And we say this because they have all been active for Brazil in the World Cup qualifiers. So pending any flash injuries, they should really be included in the final selection for Qatar.
Midfield lineup for the Brazil World Cup Team
Now that we’ve covered some key details on the defensive lineup, let’s move a little further upfield. The midfield area is where teams tend to build from the back and contain possession before creating attacking opportunities. And historically speaking, this is an area where Brazil has dominated teams thanks to many top players. But for the Brazil World Cup squad for 2022, there will obviously be some fresh names to take note of compared with previous campaigns. On that note, here are the players who we feel will be competing in Qatar:
- Bruno Guimaraes
- Everton Ribeiro
- Lucas Paqueta
A few of these guys you have no doubt heard of in the past, especially on the World Cup stage. And as it happens, the average age of the guys listed here is younger than the defensive lineup. This bodes well for high energy in the midfield region, and it helps that several guys play for top clubs. For example, Casemiro and Fred both play for Manchester United, so they will be used to an aggressive style of football in the Premier League. Also, Coutinho plays for Aston Villa, Fabinho plays for Liverpool, and Paqueta plays for West Ham United.
So to say that these guys are experienced in high-octane football would probably be an understatement. Of course, we should also point out the obvious – they are all fantastic players. And because of this, we feel that the Brazil World Cup squad will be one of the most dangerous in the midfield section. But their primary job is to contain the ball and create opportunities for the Brazilian strikers, which brings us to the next section.
Brazil World Cup Squad – attack
We stated previously that a great defence is important to win a World Cup. This is certainly very true. However, if you fail to score goals, you have a zero chance of winning the biggest trophy in the world. So of course, there is plenty of talk about the Brazil World Cup squad in terms of the strikers that will be taken. Now, there are some names heading to Qatar that are an absolute given. But some of the other spots are up for grabs, and we won’t know exactly who is going for a few more weeks.
Then again, we can give a prediction on the names that will travel to Qatar and play up front for the Brazil World Cup squad. And here are the names we feel will be there:
- Gabriel Jesus
- Vinicius Junior
Just like the other regions of the field we have talked about, these guys are highly experienced at the top level. Several guys play for Premier League clubs, and others play for the most prestigious clubs in La Liga, including Barcelona and Real Madrid. And finally, we have to point out that Neymar is still one of the best strikers in the world. He has been playing alongside Messi and Mbappe at PSG for some time now as well. So we feel that his abilities and talents will have been stretched by those guys in a positive way.
It would seem that Gabriel Jesus and Neymar are in fantastic form domestically at the moment too. And because of this, the Brazilian team should be heading to Qatar with plenty of confidence in front of the goal.
Goalkeepers in the Brazil World Cup Team
Last but by no means least, we wish to cover the goalkeepers that will likely be taken to Qatar by Tite. These guys are somewhat easier to predict compared with the other sections of the field. And that’s because World Cup teams usually only take two or three goalkeepers to the event. So thanks to that, we have a feeling that these three guys will be on the plane to Qatar in a few week's time:
The Brazil World Cup squad is actually a little spoiled by the selections they have between the sticks. Both Everton and Alisson are top goalkeepers for major Premier League clubs, including Manchester City and Liverpool. Needless to say, they wouldn’t be in those positions if they weren’t some of the best keepers in the world. As for Weverton, he is ingrained in the Brazilian style of football since he is the goalkeeper for Palmeiras. Although he is the oldest of the three goalkeepers, if anyone was to be left out, it would likely be him.
Key players in the Brazil World Cup Squad
Of all the guys we have discussed here, there are obviously a few that the team depends on for a successful World Cup campaign. And to highlight exactly who these guys are, we’ve chosen to focus on two of them. Therefore, the guys you see below are certainly worth paying attention to when the action begins in Qatar.
Neymar has long been hailed as a superstar of Brazilian football. He is the man that took over the role of being an unreal talent ever since some of Brazil’s previous superstars retired. Of course, that’s quite a burden to carry, and he has received plenty of stick from fans in the past. But Neymar is still one of the top strikers in the world, and this will be his third World Cup appearance for Brazil. Naturally, the success of the Brazil World Cup squad in 2022 will depend on Neymar’s performance and his ability to score goals.
Plenty of focus is placed on Neymar ahead of the 2022 World Cup. But Gabriel Jesus seems to be in sensational form at the moment, ever since his move to Arsenal. It is expected that he will certainly receive the call-up for the World Cup this year, and we believe he will start most games alongside Neymar up front. It’s not just the goalscoring abilities of this man that have prompted this discussion either – it’s his ability to create chances for those around him. Again, this will be a key element for Brazil.
Brazil at the 2022 World Cup
Brazil got off to the winning start everybody expected them to against Serbia. The Serbs seemed to manage the game well at times but played very defensively and hardly threatened Brazil in the final third. Two goals from Richarlison won the game in the second -half and in their second game against the Swiss, a solitary strike from Casemiro late on proved enough to win the game and book Brazil's place in the last 16. Brazil lost to Cameroon in the last round, which was a surprising result despite the South Americans already securing their place in the knockout stages.
Group G Final Standings
Brazil's Last 16 Fixture
Brazil totally dominated South Korea in their last 16 tie, thanks to the Asian side playing far too open, right into Brazil's hands. The South Americans played some fantastic football and scored some wonderful goals in the opening forty-five minutes. Junior fired the favourites in front after just 7-minutes and shortly after that, Neymar scored his first goal of the tournament via the penalty spot. Richarlison got in on the action for what was the goal of the game just before the half-hour mark and Brazil added a fourth before the break through Paqueta.
The second half saw Brazil make a number of changes and take their foot off the accelerator and while South Korea did pull a goal back 14-minutes from time, it had no bearing on the result as Brazil had this game wrapped up after half an hour.
Brazil's Quarter-Final Fixture
Brazil World Cup Team FAQs
Are these players confirmed for the World Cup?
Yes, this is the official 26-man squad that Brazil will be taking to the World Cup in Qatar.
Who do Brazil play at the World Cup?
Brazil have been drawn in Group G alongside Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.
What are Brazil's chances of winning the World Cup this year?
Brazil. as so often seems to be the case, head to the World Cup as the bookmakers' favourite to win. Pre-tournament odds of 4/1 (5.00) are available on Brazil lifting the trophy.