Tite is not toying with his offer to win a sixth World Cup for Brazil in Qatar 2022.
Anyone hoping that Brazil might field a lackluster side for the World Cup in Qatar this month will be sorely disappointed by Monday’s squad announcement.
Head coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, known as Tite, has no fewer than nine forwards in his 26-man squad, which not only highlights his range of options up front but also gives an indication of the nature of the high pressing and attacking strategy at At This year’s tournament in Qatar we can expect from the most successful team of the World Cup.
“We’re among the favourites,” Tite told reporters in Rio on Monday.
Neymar, a veteran of the Brazilian team despite being only 30 years old, finds himself at the forefront of the Brazilian attack, supported by youngsters like Vinicius Jr., Gabriel Martinelli and Rodrygo.
Dani Alves, the 39-year-old former Barcelona right-back, has also been included in the list, which includes eight defenders and six midfielders, despite not having played a competitive game in two months.
Alves will be the oldest player ever called up to a Brazil World Cup squad, but his long history with the national team and leadership in the dressing room were not the main reasons why he was given a place in the squad, Tite said.
“He adds technical and tactical aspects that are impressive to be an organizer, an articulator,” said the coach.
Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has been left out of the squad. Aston Villa’s attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho will also be bitterly disappointed after missing the weekend’s training for several weeks with a hamstring injury.
Brazil will take on four centre-backs – Bremer from Juventus, Marquinhos from Paris Saint-Germain, Thiago Silva from Chelsea and Eder Militao from Real Madrid, while missing out Roger Ibanez from Roma, Lucas Verissimo from Benfica and Gabriel Magalhaes, whose goal at the weekend threw Arsenal back become the top of the English Premier League.
The Brazilian FA also announced that former PSG coach Ricardo Gomes will join Tite’s staff as an assistant.
The squad and Tite meet at the Juventus training facilities in Turin on November 14, where Brazil will hold a five-day training camp before flying to Doha on November 19.
Brazil is in Group G with Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon. Serbia and Switzerland were also unlucky to be in the Brazilian group in Russia four years ago when the Brazilians lost to Belgium in the quarter-finals. Brazil’s World Cup season in Qatar begins on November 24 against Serbia.
The 61-year-old Tite, whose childhood mentor Luiz Felipe Scolari guided Brazil to their last World Cup title 20 years ago, has already announced that after this tournament he will step down after six years as Brazil coach.
Full length Brazil squad
- Alison (Liverpool)
- Ederson (Manchester City)
- Weverton (Palms)
- Dani Alves (cougars)
- Marquinhos (Paris Saint Germain)
- Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
- Eder Militao (Real Madrid)
- Danielo (Juventus)
- Alex Sandro (Juventus)
- Alex Telles (Seville)
- Bremen (Juventus)
- Casemiro (Manchester United)
- Fred (Manchester United)
- Fabinho (Liverpool)
- Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle)
- Lucas Paqueta (West Ham)
- Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo)
- Neymar (Paris Saint Germain)
- Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid)
- Richardson (Tottenham)
- Raphinha (Barcelona)
- Antony (Manchester United)
- Gabriel JesusArsenal
- Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal)
- Pedro (Flemish)
- Rodrygo (Real Madrid)
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