Brazil is the favorite to win the World Cup in November for good reason. They have one of the strongest available squads for selection, and it’s going to cause headaches for manager Tite.
Here is the most likely squad to win their country’s record sixth World Cup Finals.
This trio is almost certain to be the three goalkeeper unit headed to Qatar. Alisson has been given the job as the starter time in and time out, while Manchester City’s Ederson is forced to the bench as the world’s greatest backup goalkeeper.
Weverton, who still plays in Brazil, is the only other available ‘keeper selection who has made any appearances for the South American titans, landing him the third and final spot.
- Thiago Silva
- Dani Alves
- Éder Militão
- Renan Lodi
- Alex Sandro
This squad selection includes seven defenders, three center backs, and four true fullbacks. Silva, Marquinhos, and Militão play for three of the top clubs in the world (Chelsea, PSG, and Real Madrid), and all three are integral parts of their club’s defensive records.
The three backs also have experience with the national team. It’ll be an emotional final run in a World Cup for Thiago Silva after making over 100 appearances for his country.
Dani Alves, similar to Thiago Silva will be playing in his last World Cup for Brazil as he’s regained some old form back at Barcelona.
Danilo, Alex Sandro, and Renan Lodi are younger options all things considered, and are locks to make this team.
Brazil has seven true locks on the defensive end, so there was no room for the up-and-coming players and other established veterans (Gabriel, Emerson Royal, Felipe, and Alex Telles). Their time will come in four years’ time.
- Lucas Paquetá
- Philippe Coutinho
The majority of this section was also relatively easy to pick as well. Casemiro is one of Real Madrid’s top central midfielders, and Fabinho plays a similarly important role for Liverpool.
Fred has been a mainstay in Brazil’s squad for years, and though he may be inconsistent for United, his play is enough to earn a spot on this team.
Coutinho has found old form at Aston Villa playing under Steven Gerrard and will return to the side to add some creativity in the midfield, with the option of playing him further forward very much on the table.
Arthur provides some creativity going forward as well while Paquetá has been brilliant at Lyon and is the future of the central midfield for Brazil.
Douglas Luiz of Villa just misses out as he hasn’t sustained enough top form. Bruno Guimarães, recently sold to Newcastle, also doesn’t have enough top-tier football under his belt to compete with these other top European stars.
- Neymar Jr.
- Gabriel Martinelli
- Vinícius Júnior
- Roberto Firmino
- Gabriel Jesus
This attacking group is very dangerous with a ton of versatility. Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus play similar roles for their respective EPL clubs, playing as a deeper number nine and helping to link-up play.
Of course, Neymar and Vinícius will be starting on the wings to enact creativity and show world-class skills on the biggest stage.
The other three selections were more difficult to make, with eight guys competing for three spots. So, I’ll start with the guys I cut.
Rodrygo has been too inconsistent with Real Madrid to earn himself a spot while Cunha hasn’t been with this Brazil side for enough games to get the hang of the tactics.
While this may be the same case for Martinelli, you need some youth in the team to gain experience, so I went with the Arsenal man over the winger from Atlético Madrid.
Raphinha is in a similar position to Rodrygo, where the skill is there but the game-time just isn’t right now when it comes to competing against top talent. Unlike Rodrygo, Raphinha has no problem getting into his Leeds United side, but the talent around him hasn’t prepared him for the moment.
Criticism of the Portuguese league comes with the selection of Everton, but he’s played very well for Benfica in the Champions League this year, and he’s been great in his many appearances for Tite’s team; he’s clearly a manager favorite.
The last spot in this group really came down to Hulk vs Richarlison. It was experience vs youth and youth won out.
Hulk would be more of a number nine for Brazil, and having three of them just isn’t necessary, especially when the other two are consistent producers at what they do. Richarlison wins out, but must impress if he wants to find his way out of troubled Everton in the Premier League.
Check out our squad selection for another favorite, England’s Three Lions, here!