Brazil – World Cup 2014 – Betting
Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari
Captain: Thiago Silva
FIFA World Ranking: 10
World Cup Appearances: 19
World Cup Winner – 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002
Brazil Team Profile
No World Cup would be the same without a bit of samba and it’s a pleasure to say that Brazil will play even more of an integral part in the 2014 World Cup as it is on their home soil. The South Americans will fancy their chances of winning what would be their sixth World Cup, being in front of their home fans, and if they were to do so, they would stretch their record of World Cup wins further. This will be their 20th World Cup, a tally that no other country can boast.
Luis Felipe Scolari is back for another bite of the cherry as Brazil boss, and it was he who was in charge of the national side at the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan. He led Brazil to the title then, beating Germany in the final and the nation will be hoping that he has the magic touch once more.
The Brazilians have an enviable record in World Cups and will undoubtedly rate their chances of success very high once more as they boast one of the stronger teams in the competition. In the 19 World Cup’s they’ve participated in, Brazil have bowed out before the knock-out stage on just three occasions, while they’ve played in 7 finals (Winning 5 and losing 2) and have made the semi-final or better ten times.
Scolari is a well travelled man, having spent time at the top international level with Brazil and Portugal before. He had a short lived, unsuccessful tenure at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea which saw him take charge of what has been his highest profile club. After Brazil had had enough with Mano Menezes, Scolari was brought back to management in 2013 and was asked to get them the World Cup trophy. He made a swift impact as he guided Brazil to success in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, beating reigning world champions Spain in the final. Scolari is a passionate man and you will see him screaming and kicking on the sidelines. He’s had the experience of winning a World Cup and his temper and high demands could see him push Brazil very close to another one.
Brazil Key Players
The influential players in the Brazilian set up have changed quite a bit since their failure at the 2010 World Cup. On that occasion they were blown away at the quarter final stage by a rampant Germany. The weight of expectation in Rio and across the country will now all be on the shoulders of young starlet Neymar. He is the one with the magical touch, the skill sets and the eye for goal to fire them to success. He proved that he could carry his nation with great performances at the 2013 Confederations Cup. While he took a little time to settle into life with his new club Barcelona in Spain, the inherent quality that he has came through and saw him start ramping up his performances and goals.
Chelsea player Oscar is another youngster who could side, and the experience of Julio Cesar between the sticks is vitally important. But a key part of Brazil style is the gut-busting runs down the flanks from their full backs. Step in Barcelona’s Dani Alves who is one of the best around in the business. He creates so much confusion in opposition defence with this runs, he delivers superb crosses, can pick out a pass on a time and still has reserves of energy to do his defensive job. A massive asset and he will create a lot of space for his attacking team mates like Neymar to exploit.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Brazil’s most effective inventory is their attacking prowess. This is a fairly young and green behind the ears Brazil side with respects and they are bold enough just to attack opposition into submission. While they perhaps aren’t as blessed with as many genuine world class attacking talents as they have had at other World Cups, what they do have in Neymar and Robinho in particular, is goals. Another strength is the fact that they are on home soil and will have a massive support cheering on their every kick of the ball.
Defence probably would be the weak area, simply because their entire back line likes to go wandering off into their own world. If they don’t win the tournament then this will probably be the reason why. But there is another big factor which could work against them. The fact that they are at home. They haven’t gone through the rigours of competitive qualifying matches like other competing nations have and still the passionate Brazilian support will be expecting them to blow every opponent which they come across out of the water. They won’t and living up to the expectations of being the host country as well as favourites, could be the thing which snaps their challenge.
Brazil Qualification for the World Cup
Sector: South America
Current Position: n/a
Goals Scored: n/a
Goals Conceded: n/a
World Cup potential: 5/5
Naturally there are enough strengths in the Brazil side to suggest that they are going to get close to their sixth World Cup title. Bookmakers have priced them up as favourites for a reason. They will be comfortable in the conditions in their own back yard so that is a positive for them. There is a great young crop of talent coming through the ranks for Brazil and they looked as if things were coming together stronger at the 2013 Confederations Cup. Perhaps one or two small issues with the side, like the defensive midfield area and defence itself, and you feel they do need a strong start to have confidence high as well, but there is great individual talent to pull them through sticky situations.
Brazil World Cup Betting Odds
Brazil to win the World Cup: 3/1 – Bet365
Before the World Cup the odds on Brazil were 3/1
Official Brazilian World Cup Squad
Goalkeepers: J Cesar (Toronto FC), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atletico Mineiro)
Defenders: Marcelo (Real Madrid), D Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Roma), Maxwell (PSG), Thiago Silva (PSG), D Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Napoli)
Midfielders: Paulinho (Tottenham), Ramires (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Hernanes (Inter), L Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City)
Forwards: Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Neymar (Barcelona), Fred (Fluminense), Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg).
Brazil World Cup 2014 Fixtures – Group A
|Th 12th June||21.00||Brazil v Croatia||3:1|
|Fr 13th June||17.00||Mexico v Cameroon||1:0|
|Tu 17th June||20.00||Brazil v Mexico||0:0|
|We 18th June||23.00||Cameroon v Croatia||0:4|
|Mo 23rd June||21.00||Cameroon v Brazil||1:4|
|Mo 23rd June||21.00||Croatia v Mexico||1:3|
Brazil World Cup 2014 – Round of the last 16
|Sa 28th June||17.00||Brazil v Chile||4:3|
World Cup 2014 Group A Table