Brazil at the 2022 World Cup: who is in Tite's 26-man squad?

Nine forwards have been selected with many youngsters who ply their trade in Europe except for one

Reuters
Published : 14 Nov 2022, 01:30 PM
Updated : 14 Nov 2022, 01:30 PM

Brazil are looking to win a record-extending sixth World Cup title at the Nov. 20-Dec. 18 in Qatar tournament in Qatar. Here's what you need to know about their squad:

How many players are Brazil allowed to take to Qatar?

* Teams will be able to select up to 26 players for this year's World Cup after FIFA increased the maximum limit for squads by three in June, citing the unusual timing of the tournament as well as the impact of COVID-19.

Who is in Brazil's World Cup 2022 squad?

Brazil's squad was announced on Nov 7.

* Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras)

While there is not much to choose between Alisson and Ederson, it is the Liverpool keeper who started the majority of Brazil's World Cup qualifiers and is expected to keep his place between the sticks in Qatar.

Defenders: Bremer, Alex Sandro (both Juventus), Eder Militao (Real Madrid) Marquinhos (Paris St Germain), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Danilo (Juventus), Daniel Alves (Pumas), Alex Telles (Sevilla)

Four centre backs made the cut with Marquinhos and veteran Thiago Silva set to anchor the defence while 39-year-old Dani Alves was a surprise inclusion.

Midfielders: Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle United), Casemiro, Fred (both Manchester United), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Fabinho (Liverpool), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham United)

Guimaraes has been rewarded for a stellar start with Newcastle United while 33-year-old Everton Ribeiro is going to his first World Cup.

Forwards: Antony (Manchester United), Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli (both Arsenal), Neymar Jr (Paris St Germain), Pedro (Flamengo), Raphinha (Barcelona), Richarlison (Tottenham Hotspur), Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr (both Real Madrid)

Nine forwards have been selected with many youngsters who ply their trade in Europe except for Flamengo's Pedro, who helped the Brazilian club win the Copa Libertadores where he was top scorer with 12 goals.

What are the notable omissions?

* Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino missed the cut despite more goals and assists in the Premier League this season than others who made the squad.

* Centre back Gabriel Magalhaes failed to impress Tite enough even though he has helped Arsenal to the top of the Premier League.

* Aston Villa's attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho is out with a thigh injury.

Which teams will Brazil face in the group stage?

* Brazil will meet Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G.

What was Brazil's squad at the 2018 World Cup?

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Cassio (Corinthians).

Defenders: Thiago Silva (Paris St Germain), Miranda (Inter Milan), Marquinhos (Paris St Germain), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Fagner (Corinthians), Pedro Geromel (Gremio), Danilo (Manchester City).

Midfielders: Paulinho (Barcelona), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Sinobo Guoan), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Willian (Cgelsea).

Forwards: Neymar (Paris St Germain), Douglas Costa (Juventus), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk).

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