After heart-breaking exit at the 2014 World Cup, Brazil come back 4 years later looking far stronger and one of the top favourites to lift the prestigious trophy on 15th July in Moscow. The record 5-times holder will be pleased that their superstar player Neymar is fit and raring to go after missing the last 3 months of the domestic season due to an injury. However, Neymar won’t be the only big name player who will come out in that famous Brazilian yellow jersey, the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino, Paulinho and many others in the Brazil World Cup 2018 Squad are very much capable to win matches with a brilliant piece of individual brilliance and have the attacking talent not many countries can boast of.
Brazil shouldn’t have much difficulty getting out of their group which contains the likes of Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia but the real challenge for them will start from the knock-out stage. The 23-man Brazil World Cup Squad 2018 features some of the most talented players in the world, however, we, have picked up 5 players from the Brazil World Cup Team 2018 that you should watch out for.
Brazil World Cup Squad 2018
Goalkeepers: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio
Defenders: Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marquinhos, Geromel, Fagner, Danilo, Marcelo, Filipe Luiz
Midfielders: Casemiro, Fred, Paulinho, Renato Augusto Fernandinho, Willian, Coutinho
Forwards: Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino, Douglas Costa, Taison
The world most expensive Neymar Jr. is rightly the centre focal point of this Brazil World Cup 2018 Squad and all eyes will be on him as he looks to lead his to their 6th World Cup win. The 26-year-old missed the last 3 months of the domestic season with PSG but still managed to rake in 28 goals and 16 assists in the 2017-2018 which even earned him the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award. There is no doubt whatsoever that the player next in line to Ronaldo and Messi is Neymar and if he can take his team all the way this summer in Russia, he would definitely be the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or.
He looked in good form making his first appearance in over 3 months for the 1st friendly this Brazil Football Team in order to warm-up for the big tournament. He missed the heart-wrenching semi-final against Germany last time around and rest assured he would have that night in mind and the motivation to replace those memories with some good ones from this year’s edition.
After a brilliant run with Liverpool, where he became the heart and soul of the team’s game, Coutinho finally got his much-desired move to Barcelona in the January transfer window and though it is close to impossible to take the spotlight away from Messi, the Brazilian playmaker has actually done really for the Catalan club. He managed to get on the scoresheet 10 times and assisted 6 goals in just 22 appearances and there is no doubt next season we are going to see the Coutinho that terrorised Premier League defences when he was in England.
His link-up play with the former Barcelona man Neymar will be something to keep an eye on, if these two get into their rhythm, it’s going to extremely difficult for any defence in the world to keep this Brazil World Cup 2018 Team quiet. Coutinho will be a very key player in the Brazil World Cup 2018 Squad and this will be the perfect stage for him to get the attention of the world not just fans of the Brazilian football team or Barcelona.
A striker couldn’t have asked for a duo better than Neymar and Coutinho behind him creating an opening for him. Gabriel Jesus was painting the streets in Brazil before the start of the 2014 tournament and this year he will be leading the line for Brazil World Cup Squad 2018 and will be responsible for putting the ball in the back of the next while linking up with some exceptionally talented players around him. The 21-year-old joined Manchester City in 2016 but in his first complete season managed to displace Sergio Aguero as the leading striker of the club, which is what will be expected from him in Russia as he leads the line for the most talented team in the world.
Even though his season was hampered by injuries, Jesus managed to get 19 goals which is phenomenal for a player in English football. A good performance by him this summer could elevate his status further around the globe and make him a household name.
Probably the best full-back in the world at the moment, Marceloa is a key player for whichever team he plays for including Brazil World Cup Team 2018. He will be one of the most experienced players in the Brazil World Cup Squad 2018 and will be required to be on top of his game for the entirety of the season, given how crucial his role is in that position.
What makes Marcelo special is his contribution in the attacking third for his team, during the course of the World Cup, although he won’t enjoy the same freedom as he does at Real Madrid, however, he will still have a very important part to play both in his own half defending the ball and in opposition’s half creating chances for his team-mates.
Manchester United fans would have had their hearts in their mouth when they heard that their latest signing suffered an ankle injury during Brazil’s training session just hours after his move from Shakhtar Donetsk was confirmed. In his small career, Fred has managed to catch everyone’s attention. He is a technically gifted midfielder, who can play those pinpoint passes in the path of the attackers in order to create a goal-scoring opportunity.
With so much being talked about him over the past few days, Fred will enjoy a lot of attention this summer and especially from his new employers, who believe that they have got a real world class player. He is superb at dribbling and keeping the ball moving in the centre of the park and will be Brazil’s focal point in the midfield. He would go into the tournament high on confidence after a superb season with Shakhtar, something he will be looking continue for his national team.
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