Brazil will be hoping this is the year they secure World Cup triumph number six in Qatar.
The latest Brazil Odds to win the World Cup
It is now 20 years since the Selecao last ruled the football world, but they are among the favourites to end their wait for glory by going all the way in December.
|Betting market||888 Sport||Paddy Power||Sky Bet|
|Brazil to win World Cup||5/1||5/1||9/2|
|Brazil to reach semi-final||7/5||11/8|
|Brazil to reach quarter-final||4/9||4/9||1/2|
|Brazil to win Group G||2/5||2/5||2/5|
|Neymar World Cup Golden Boot Odds||16/1|
Our recommended Brazil bet for World Cup 2022
You would expect Brazil to progress through the earlier rounds without too much difficulty, but the latter stages will certainly provide a true test of their credentials.
The Samba Boys have only advanced beyond the quarter-finals once since their 2002 success. Nevertheless, they are brilliantly equipped to go all the way, especially given their envious list of attacking options.
Brazil route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar
Group stage fixtures
|vs Serbia||Lusail Iconic Stadium||19:00, 24/11|
|vs Switzerland||Stadium 974||16:00, 28/11|
|vs Cameroon||Lusail Iconic Stadium||19:00, 02/12|
*All times GMT
Brazil find themselves in familiar company in Qatar. Indeed, they were grouped with Serbia and Switzerland in Russia four years ago, the latter holding them to a draw. Meanwhile, they faced Cameroon at their home World Cup in 2014.
While they will not want to peak too soon, you would expect Tite’s side to come through Group G without too many difficulties.
Who could Brazil meet in the knockout rounds?
Bookmakers are making Brazil odds-on to progress through the group stage and round of 16, but they can expect a tough ride as the tournament progresses.
The Selecao could face even more familiar opposition in the likes of Uruguay and Argentina, who beat them in last year’s Copa America final, while Spain and reigning champions France would also provide difficult obstacles to overcome.
|If Brazil win Group G||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||Uruguay|
In the unlikely event that they come unstuck in Group G, Brazil would face an arguably trickier path to the final – albeit the likes of Argentina and France would still await further down the line.
A Portugal side featuring the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva would be a tough second-round tie to negotiate, while potential quarter-final opponents Belgium are still searching for major silverware with their ‘Golden Generation’ of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and co yet to deliver.
|If Brazil come runners up in Group G||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||Portugal|
Our predicted Brazil World Cup 2022 squad
|Eder Militao||Defender||24||Real Madrid|
|Renan Lodi||Defender||24||Nottingham Forest|
|Lucas Paqueta||Midfielder||25||West Ham United|
|Bruno Guimaraes||Midfielder||24||Newcastle United|
|Philippe Coutinho||Midfielder||30||Aston Villa|
|Vinicius Junior||Forward||22||Real Madrid|
Brazil players on the cusp of the squad
- Alex Sandro (31) — defender — Juventus
- Roger Ibanez (23) — defender — Roma
- Bremer (25) — defender — Juventus
- Guilherme Arana (25) — defender — Atletico Mineiro
- Fred (29) — midfielder — Manchester United
- Arthur (26) — midfielder — Liverpool
- Gerson (25) — midfielder — Marseille
- Matheus Cunha (23) — forward — Atletico Madrid
- Pedro (25) — forward — Flamengo
Brazil players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022
Brazil top World Cup Golden Boot contender — Neymar
Neymar shone on home soil as Brazil reached the semi-finals in 2014, though a serious back injury cruelly deprived him the opportunity to take his nation further.
Inspired and playing alongside Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, the forward has made a blistering start to the season at Paris Saint-Germain, and will fancy building on that momentum in Qatar.
Brazil player to watch — Vinicius Junior
The Real Madrid is set to make his bow at the finals, and he will be desperate to shine on the biggest stage of all.
There is no reason he cannot. Indeed, the speedy winger scored the winning goal in the Champions League final victory over Liverpool, while he continues to consistently produce high standards under Carlo Ancelotti.
Brazil emerging player to look out for — Antony
Another potential World Cup finals debutant, the former Ajax winger was reunited with former boss Erik ten Hag at Manchester United this summer.
While he may have to be patient for his opportunity, fans will be excited to see his excellent trickery showcased on the global stage.
Brazil tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup
Solid at the back and exciting going forward, Brazil will certainly take some stopping at these finals.
Tite prefers a 4-2-3-1 formation and that will certainly accommodate the list of envious attacking options available to him – Neymar, Vinicius, Richarlison, Firmino, Rodrgyo and Antony to name a few.
At the other end, the veteran Thiago Silva will likely anchor the defence along with the likes of Marquinhos and Eder Militao, while Danilo adds to the attack from full-back, with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson between the sticks and Manchester City stopper Ederson in reserve.
Where are Brazil in the Fifa World Rankings?
Brazil currently lead the way at the summit of the Fifa World Rankings.
Who is the Brazil manager?
Since 2016, Tite has been the man at the Brazilian helm. The 61-year-old is set to step down after the World Cup, but not before becoming the first man to coach the Selecao at successive finals since Tele Santana (1982 and 1986).
Who is the current Brazil captain?
Tite likes to keep his squad on their toes by regularly rotating his captain. But he certainly has plenty of senior names to choose from in the likes of Neymar, Thiago Silva and Dani Alves.
How many times have Brazil won the World Cup?
The most successful side in the history of the competition, Brazil have lifted the trophy a record five times – in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.
How many times have Brazil competed in the World Cup?
The only ever-present nation in the history of the tournament, this will be Brazil’s 22nd appearance at the finals.
Who has scored Brazil’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Ronaldo scored 15 goals across three World Cups between 1998 and 2006, while he was unused during the 1994 success. The 2002 Golden Boot winner’s tally was a record at the finals, until he was surpassed by Miroslav Klose in 2014.
Which player from Brazil has the most World Cup appearances?
Cafu appeared at four World Cups for Brazil, playing 20 times in the process. The legendary full-back enjoyed two triumphs — lifting the trophy as captain in 2002 — while he was also part of the side that were runners-up to France four years earlier.