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Brazil World Cup 2022 squad, predicted line-up versus South Korea and star players

08:00 GMT 05/12/2022
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Brazil are through to the last 16 of the World Cup, but who is available to Tite for the round of 16 clash against South Korea?

Five-time World Cup champions Brazil are the most successful team in the history of the competition, but 2002 was the last time the Selecao got their hands on the coveted trophy.

There were quarter-final exits in 2006, 2010 and 2018, while they had to settle for fourth spot in 2014 after a tournament to forget.

Now it's up to the likes of Neymar, Vinicius Junior and more to end the Selecao's drought and finally bring home the trophy once more.

They went past Serbia and Switzerland but lost to Cameroon in their final group game. However, they have successfully booked their berth in the round of 16 as group winners.

A spirited South Korea now awaits in the next round and Tite's side have to be at their very best if they want to reach the quarter-finals.

Brazil received a major blow just three days before their last-16 tie as full-back Alex Telles and forward Gabriel Jesus were ruled out of the World Cup due to injury.

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  • Alisson Brazil 2022

    GOALKEEPERS

    Alisson was the No.1 custodian for Brazil in their first two matches while Tite picked Ederson in their final group game against Cameroon.

    Weverton will continue to play the role of number three while the two established stoppers battle for the starting berth.

    Name

    Club

    Alisson

    Liverpool

    Ederson

    Manchester City

    Weverton

    Palmeiras

  • Marquinhos Brazil

    DEFENDERS

    Brazil have no shortage of options in defence.

    Thiago Silva and Marquinhos have been starting through the middle, but Eder Militao and Bremer are both regular starters at some of Europe's biggest clubs, too, and were given minutes against Cameroon.

    Dani Alves continues to defy the odds as he appeared in Brazil's final group game too.

    Name

    Club

    Thiago Silva

    Chelsea

    Marquinhos

    Paris Saint-Germain

    Danilo

    Juventus

    Eder Millitao

    Real Madrid

    Alex Sandro

    Juventus

    Bremer

    Juventus

    Dani Alves

    PUMAS

  • casemiro

    MIDFIELDERS

    And there is possibly even more strength in depth in midfield.

    Manchester United duo Casemiro and Fred are solid options in the holding role, while Fabinho's inclusion provides Brazil with yet another outstanding defensive candidate.

    Lucas Paqueta offers a bit more creativity on the ball, but will be made to work for his spot in the XI thanks to Bruno Guimaraes' inspiring form at Newcastle earning him a place in the squad.

    Name

    Club

    Casemiro

    Manchester United

    Lucas Paqueta

    West Ham United

    Fabinho

    Liverpool

    Fred

    Manchester United

    Everton Ribeiro

    Flamengo

    Bruno Guimaraes

    Newcastle United

  • Neymar-Vinicius-Jr-Brazil

    ATTACKERS

    Brazil's wealth of options up front is another reason why they are one of the favourites.

    There's Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Raphinha, Antony and Richarlison. The list just goes on and on.

    And that's not even taken players like Rodrygo and Gabriel Martinelli into account.

    It's fair to say that plenty of coaches are envious of Brazil's attack in Qatar!

    Name

    Club

    Neymar

    Paris Saint-Germain

    Richarlison

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Vinicius Junior

    Real Madrid

    Antony

    Manchester United

    Raphinha

    Barcelona

    Rodrygo

    Real Madrid

    Pedro

    Flamengo

    Gabriel Martinelli

    Arsenal

  • BRAZIL STAR PLAYERS

    Neymar is undoubtedly the talisman of this team but he is currently nursing an ankle injury that he picked up against Serbia in Brazil's World Cup opener. The Paris Saint-Germain man is facing a race against time to be fit for the last-16 tie against South Korea.

    If Neymar fails to recover in time, Tite will have to pick between Lucas Paqueta and Rodrygo to slot into the No.10 role.

  • BRAZIL PREDICTED XI VS SOUTH KOREA

    Richarlison should be leading the line again following his heroics versus Serbia, with Vinicius Junior and Raphinha bombing down the flanks in support.

    Then expect the experience of Thiago Silva and Marquinhos at the back, with Alex Sandro and Eder Militao to take up the full-back positions in Danilo and Alex Telles' absence.

    Casemiro should power the engine in the middle alongside Fred and Lucas Paqueta, who might be given some more creative freedom in Neymar's possible absence.

    Alisson completes the starting XI in between the sticks.

    Brazil XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Militao, Silva, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Fred, Casemiro, Paqueta; Raphinha, Richarlison, Vinicius Junior

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