The host nation Brazil is largely tipped to win this year’s FIFA World Cup. They have the home territory advantage and will look to make good use of the familiar surroundings. Besides this, they boast of an attacking squad that would attract the envy of any side around the world.
With a host of youngsters like Neymar, Paulinho and Luiz with a fine bunch of experienced campaigners as well in their ranks, Brazil will prove to be a threat to even the finest defense in the world.
The only area of concern the Brazilians will have is the goalkeeping department. Shot stopper Julio Cesar has been one of the most prolific performers for Brazil over the years. However, after being out of favor at Inter Milan, he has failed to make an impression in his recent clubs and has not garnered much competetive match practise as well. If Cesar gets his act together, Brazil can surely be called the ‘complete’ team.
The Scholari factor is another pivotal part of Brazil’s success. The master tactician has made great progress with this youthful Brazilian outfit and his experience will surely come into play. The attacking style of play he advocates has been admired worldwide and the fans will be in for a treat if they are able to replicate the same on the big stage.
Here’s a look at the Brazilian lineup:
Goalkeepers: Júlio César, Jéfferson, Grêmio
Defenders: Dani Alves, Maicon, Marcelo, Maxwell, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Dante, Henrique
Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Ramires, Fernandinho, Oscar, Willian, Hernanes
Forwards: Fred, Neymar, Hulk, Jô, Bernad
Brazil are pitted against Croatia, Cameroon and Mexico in group A. The Samba Kings are the obvious choice to top the group. Fans will fancy them to take the full bounty of points from the group stages and Brazil will in all probablity ease past their oppositions.
Moving on to the next stages, they have the depth and the finesse to break any opposition and go on to win the big one.
Stars to watch out for: Neymar, Dani Alves, Hulk, and Oscar.