Brazil’s squad for the FIFA World Cup 2022 is official and it’s no surprise that superstar Neymar is leading it.
Head coach Tite has opted for a lot of experience including Thiago Silva (38) and Tokyo 2020 Olympic champion Dani Alves (39) at the expense of younger players like in-form Gabriel Magalhaes (24) who plays for Arsenal.
As always, Brazil have enough talent going forward to give any defence waking nightmares.
The big surprise is the inclusion of Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli at the expense of Roberto Firmino who’s had a difficult season so far with Liverpool.
Rio 2016 Olympic champion Neymar has been in the form of his life with PSG this season so far while Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo led Real Madrid to Champions League glory this past season.
Then there’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic champions Richarlisson and Antony, Gabriel Jesus who’s helped Arsenal to the top of the Premier League, and Barcelona attacking wide-man Raphinha.
Don’t forget that Brazil went out in the quarter-finals to Belgium four years ago at the last World Cup and Tite has opted for a strong, experienced midfield with the likes of Casemiro and Fabinho as defensive midfield options.
So can Brazil win a record sixth World Cup? This group of players certainly has the potential.
Scroll down to see the full squad list.
Brazil Qatar 2022 squad
Alisson Becker (Liverpool
Ederson (Manchester City)
Dani Alves (PUMAS)
Alex Sandro (Juventus)
Alex Telles (Sevilla)
Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
Eder Militao (Real Madrid)
Gleison Bremer (Juventus)
Casemiro (Manchester United)
Fred (Manchester United)
Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle United)
Paqueta (West Ham United)
Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo)
Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid)
Antony (Manchester United)
Rodrygo (Real Madrid)
Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal)
Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal)
Brazil schedule at the World Cup
When are Brazil playing? Who do they face in the group stage?
All times local in Qatar.
Brazil v Serbia (Lusail Stadium, Lusail; 10 p.m.)
Brazil v Switzerland (Stadium 974, Doha; 7 p.m.)
Cameroon v Brazil (Lusail Stadium; 10 p.m.)
Round of 16 (If Brazil qualify from the group stage)
Monday 5 December
Winners of Group G vs. Runners-up of Group H (Stadium 974, Doha; 10 p.m.)
Tuesday 6 December
Winners of Group H vs. Runners-up of Group G (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; 10 p.m.)