- 1 Brazil National Football Team: Tactics & Principles
- 2 World Cup Predictions: What to Expect
- 3 Brazil National Football Players: Our Top 5
- 4 Who is Brazil’s National Team Manager?
- 5 Some Additional Tips and Predictions
Known as the “Seleção”, translated to the “Selection”, Brazil has always been seen as the Holy Nation of football. Historically, Brazil has consistently generated some of the most talented players and teams in football history. Legendary Pele and the likes Zico and Socrates, Cafu, and more recently Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Romario and Ronaldinho are just a few. Some of the best footballers in the world today include Neymar Jr, Thiago Silva, & Alisson Becker. Historically, Brazil has always played a pure and entertaining style of football and to this day, that is what football fans worldwide expect to see from the 5 time World Cup winners, the most World Cup wins in history.
Brazil National Football Team: Tactics & Principles
As more and more players play in European football clubs, there have been concerns that Brazil is losing some of the free-flowing football style they are known for, adopting a more rigid, tactical style more akin to the European style of play. Coach Tite, who has already led this Brazil side to the Copa America 2019 trophy tries to play a free-flowing brand of football when on the ball mixed with a strong defensive set up when off it. The team is littered with experience all around with a healthy dose of youth with the likes of Vinicius Junior. The team has bags of pace to play on the counter attack and technically gifted players to possess the ball and pin teams back in their own half to dominate, creating chances at a high volume.
World Cup Predictions: What to Expect
Brazil will historically always go into any international tournament as one of the favourites, be it the Copa America or the World Cup. The tradition of the country’s football heritage demands and so do the fans of Brazil all around the world, regardless of the squad’s or managers perceived quality. Of course there are other favourites for the World Cup with France, Germany, Italy, Argentina and England all capable of winning the World Cup. However, Brazil are always the favourites to win it. (Click to read our latest World Cup Qualifying betting tips and predictions for today and tomorrow).
This is consistent with Bet365’s odds for the Selecao to win what would be their 6th and record World Cup trophy. Bet365 places a 6/1 bet for Brazil to win the 2022 World Cup, ranking them as the likeliest winners of the competition.
Brazil National Football Players: Our Top 5
As we mentioned before, Brazil always produces world class talent that play at the highest level in world football. These players have already won the highest honours in world and European football with several Champions Leagues, Premier Leagues, La Ligas and Club World Cups between them. Here are our top 5 Brazilian players in world football today:
Neymar is the closest player we have seen to Ronaldinho, Robinho and Ronaldo. Setting the world alight by winning the Puskas Award for best goal in the world in 2011 when playing for Santos as a teenager, it wasn’t long before a top European club would snap up the rare talent and potential he had. Barcelona was his preferred choice and he was part of one of the best front 3s the world has ever seen, alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, winning the La Liga and the Champions League emphatically and in-style, terrorizing defenses across Europe. Soon after, he made a big money to PSG in France for a record 200 million Euros. He currently holds more responsibility than he did in Barca, playing as a 10 for both club and country, ensuring he has the freedom to create and score goals. (Read our PSG betting predictions for Neymar Jr’s current team.)
Vini is one of the leading talents in the world, currently playing Real Madrid after securing his 46 million Euro move from Flamengo to the Spanish capital. His playing style is similar to that of Neymar, playing off the left wing as a right-footed player, who is rapid with the ball at his feet and destroys team defenses with his trickery and skill. He initially struggled to show maturity at Madrid, with decision-making a weakness of his. He’s since then matured into a more consistently threatening winger, producing goals and assists Real Madrid in La Liga and the Champions League on a regular basis. All at the age of 21, meaning he could well realise his potential to be another legendary future Brazilian. (Read our Real Madrid betting predictions – Vinicius’ current team.)
Alisson has been one of the most consistently world class goal keepers in the world. Having struggled to leave an impression in his former teams like Roma, Alisson has grown to match his potential after his 72.5 million Euro move to the red part of Merseyside in Liverpool. His impact to the team was immediate. He and Liverpool teammate Virgil Van Dijk were the main reasons the Liverpool defense became so formidable under Jurgen Klopp. Playing a crucial role to their defensive solidity and the manner in which they play the ball out of a high press, he’s already been crowned as Goal Keeper of the Year in Europe after winning Liverpool’s 6th Champions League in 2019 and Liverpool’s first ever Premier League in 2020. Brazil are one of the few sides blessed with 2 world class keepers. Ederson Moraes is the Manchester City number 1 and him & Alisson provide world class options for the Selecao. (Read our Liverpool betting predictions – Allison’s current team.)
Bobby Firmino has been a crucial peg in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side, playing the False 9 role in a revolutionary way. He would probably tell you he wished he scores more goals himself but, it’s in his False 9 role that his team and fellow front 3 members – Mo Salah and Sadio Mane – benefit. He drops deep to collect the ball, offering the crucial link between the front 3 and the midfield and defense. What makes him such a special player is his technical ability on the ball and his intelligence when it comes to finding spaces in enemy lines. His efforts have helped him win the same honours as Alisson Becker, his own teammate. (Read our Liverpool betting odds – Firmino’s current team.)
Thiago Silva has been one of the highest profile defenders in world football. Making his name initially at AC Milan, it’s at Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea where he solidified his reputation as one of the best center backs in the world, alongside the names of Sergio Ramos and Pique for example. His time at PSG didn’t see him win any Champions League trophies with several disappointing campaigns. He will have to get over the embarrassing result in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where the Selecao were hammered by the eventual winners Germany 7-1 in the semi-finals. He did make a move to London, playing for Chelsea, eventually reuniting with former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel and winning the Champions League finally in 2021 against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. (Read our Chelsea FC betting predictions – Thiago Silva’s current team.)
Who is Brazil’s National Team Manager?
Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, more commonly known as Tite has been a key figure in the Brazil National Team Set up. He is a proven manager in the Brazilian Top Flight league, known as the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. He’s won the league with Corinthians as well as the Copa Libertadores and the Club World Cup in 2012, seeing off Chelsea to lift the cup. With Brazil, he’s brought stability to the national team and led them to the Copa America Title in 2019 and finished runners up in 2021 losing out to Argentina in the final.
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