2018 World Cup | Qualifying Team Guide | Brazil

Here we are, at the end of the World Cup qualifiers. The groups have been drawn, and now you need to know who to back for the tournament. Well, you’ll never be far wrong with football giants; Brazil. They have the best record coming into the World Cup 2018, with five wins under their belts (in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002) and 70 wins from 104 matches. The Brazil World Cup campaign is well underway with Tite at the helm.

The records don’t end there though, they hold a goal difference of 119, which is better than any other team, have secured 227 points in the group stages, and have only suffered 17 losses which is fewer than any other nation. They are also the only team to have appeared at all 20 previous World Cup Finals.

  • Fifa Ranking: 2
  • Tournament Best: Champions in 2002, 1994, 1970, 1962, 1958
  • Number of Appearances in the World Cup: 20

Brazil World Cup: A Wealth of Experience

Brazil have also reached more finals and semi-finals than almost any other country, only being beaten to these records by Germany. The Brazil football team is also pipped at the post by the Germans in terms of world ranking (as of 23 November 2017). Add the painful memories of Germany thrashing the hosts in the semi-final of Brazil World Cup 2014, and it is fair to say that the Brazil football team have some serious motivation to reclaim the title of world champions from Germany.

Following the shock of the 7-1 defeat in 2014 (the worst defeat Brazil have suffered for nearly a century) Brazil football went through intense national scrutiny and was the cause of much disappointment and shame. This can hardly have been easy for the individual players, but it seems as though one man in particular is determined to make amends.

The team’s undisputed star player, Neymar is arguably in the form of his life, and appears as a leading figure for the team on and off the field. An injury in the quarter-finals meant that he watched the defeat from the sidelines, but his recent form with PSG would suggest that he’s ready to lead the Brazil football team back to glory.

Brazil World Cup

England’s Joe Gomez, left, and Brazil’s Neymar challenge for the ball during the international friendly soccer match between England and Brazil at Wembley stadium in London, Britain, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) @ Polfoto

Brazil World Cup: Tite is prepping his team to win

If recent World Cups show anything, it’s that national sides built around one club tend to succeed. Italy’s 2006 winning side featured several Juventus stars who acted as one in the middle of the pitch. Spain’s 2010 side and Barcelona shared players and tactics alike. Germany’s world champions were really almost indistinguishable from the Bayern side in roster or style of play.

If this is the key to winning the World Cup, then we may be on the brink of a new glory for Brazil football. Neymar, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Dani Alves all play together at Paris Saint-Germain, and… perhaps more importantly, they are all used to winning at PSG together.

Though Tite hasn’t yet been in charge for 20 matches, he seems to be instilling in the players a love for the beautiful style of play that made the 1960s Brazil football teams legendary. The current team is back to playing beautiful football that fans love to watch, and they seem to be loving playing for the fans again. Also, let’s not forget that the mesmerising style of old brought Brazil the 1962 and 1970 World Cup wins.  

Brazil’s flair let them easily win the South American World Cup qualifiers. They the group 10 points ahead of Uruguay, and only suffered one loss in 18 matches. Argentina struggled to find form, Copa America champions Chile failed to qualify but Brazil have looked relaxed and in control.

Tite has been favouring a 4-1-4-1 system, with Neymar drifting onto the wing. Alongside his immense creativity and threat, the midfield has seen Paulinho become a fixture in the side. Moving to Barcelona from China this year, he is back to playing top-flight football full time and is in excellent form. During the World Cup qualifiers, he saved Brazil from defeat to Uruguay. He picked the perfect time to score the first hat-trick of his career.

Brazil World Cup: Key Players

Apart from Neymar, Liverpool’s Phillipe Coutinho will also be wanting to make his mark on the World Cup 2018. Rumours are flying around about a possible move to Barcelona. He certainly has the talent. If he can provide plenty of high-quality deliveries, he’ll help Brazil to reclaim the world title. Coutinho may see his name on the long list of Brazil football legends.

The last Brazilian player to keep an eye on at the World Cup 2018 is Casemiro. While the 2014 team showed promise, ultimately a lack of stability at the back cost them dearly. Now that the Los Blancos defensive-midfielder has reached maturity, he will surely be a permanent fixture of the side, providing some level-headed stability in front of the full-backs. He might just be the difference, keeping defences in order, marshalling the back line preventing another 7-1 flogging.

The bookies are certainly confident that the Brazil football team will go far at the World Cup 2018, with the majority placing them as second favourites behind the current holders Germany. Ladbrokes rate them as joint favourites for the title, offering odds of 5/1*. The best odds for Brazil as winners of the World Cup are 11/2* from Winner. 

Neymar is bound to be one of the stars of the tournament, and is joint pick for the golden boot in Russia with Argentina’s Lionel Messi. BetVictor is offering 12/1* on Neymar being the top goalscorer in the World Cup 2018. 

Now that the World Cup qualifiers are over, all we can do is wait for the Summer. The World Cup Finals kick off on Thursday 14th June. Brazil’s first match will be against Switzerland on Sunday 17th. A tough first test for the newly rejuvenated Brazil football team, but a challenge to which they should relish. Expect flair, passion, and a whole lot of Neymar  as Brazil aim to take the World Cup 2018 by storm.

2018 Brazil World Cup Betting Odds

Event Selection Best Odds Brand
2018 World Cup Brazil Win 11/2* betvictor logo
2018 World Cup Brazil Win 11/2* Winner Logo
2018 World Cup Brazil Win 5/1* ladbrokes logo
2018 World Cup Brazil Win 5/1*  Paddy Power logo

*Odds at the time of writing. Subject to change.