Five time World Cup champions Brazil announced their 26-man World Cup squad on 7th November 2022. The Selecao kick start their campaign with against Serbia on 24th November 2022. The list saw some bold inclusions and unexpected absentees.
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Tite’s men in pursuit of Sixth World Championship
The Brazilians are one of the big favourites for the tournament. Tite will be rallying his troops to clinch their sixth world title with their last one coming in 2002. Brazil have left out seasoned campaigner Roberto Firmino from their squad.
Tite had to leave out Phillipe Coutinho with a thigh injury ruling him out of the tournament. Other notable exclusions are former Atletico Madrid left back Renan Lodi, Arsenal centre back Gabriel Magalhaes and Atletico Madrid’s Matheus Cunha.
Gabriel Jesus made it to the final list with an impressive start to the season for Arsenal. He was largely out of national team’s scheme of things prior to the World Cup. Another Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli also made it to the squad. Manchester United’s Antony, Real Madrid’s Vinicius and Rodrygo and Barcelona’s Raphina also made it to their first ever World Cup.
The 39 year old veteran Dani Alves will be a part of Selecao to play in his third world cup after missing out from the 2018 edition with a knee injury. Alves has won every possible trophy that was available to be won except for the world cup. Brazil have qualified to the Qatar undefeated in their qualifiers and were the first South American team to secure berth to the main event.
Brazil’s 26-man squad for Qatar
Goalkeepers : Alisson (Liverpool/England), Ederson (Manchester City/England), Weverton (Palmerias/Brazil).
Defenders : Dani Alves (Pumas/Mexico), Danilo (Juventus/Italy), Alex Sandro (Juventus/Italy), Alex Telles (Sevilla/Spain), Bremer (Juventus/Italy), Marquinhos (PSG/France), Thiago Silva (Chelsea/England), Eder Militao (Real Madrid/Spain).
Midfielders : Casemiro (Manchester United/England), Fabinho (Liverpool/England), Fred (Manchester United/England), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo/Brazil), Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle United/England), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham/England)
Forwards : Neymar (PSG/France), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid/Spain), Richarlison (Tottenham/England), Raphinha (Barcelona/Spain), Rodrygo (Real Madrid/Spain), Antony (Manchester United/England), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal/England), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal/England), Pedro (Flamengo/Brazil).