Trophy Lager: Why Brazil believe they can win

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No other nation has reached the pinnacle of world football with the regularity of Brazil. They are once more full of optimism in Russia
The nation of Brazil is almost synonymous with the grandest stage in football. Five times, the South American exponents on Samba and jogo bonito have conquered the world, and they will be looking to put behind the disappointment on home soil four years ago.

There is a new sense of determination and purpose about Brazil this time, and under the leadership of the knowledgeable Tite, the Selecao have high hopes of a sixth world crown.

 

Ranking

As of July 2018, Brazil are the second highest-ranked team in the world, behind Germany. Belgium, Portugal and Argentina round out the top five.

 

GFX Brazil Trophy

 

Road to Qualifying

Brazil were the first nation to book a place at football's showpiece event besides the host nation. Their qualification campaign began with a loss to Chile, but that would prove the only major stumble for the Selecao.

A run of nine straight wins, headlined by a convincing 3-0 rout of archrivals Argentina, effectively got Brazil over the line. Tite's side would eventually finish the qualifying campaign a whopping 10 points clear of Uruguay in second.

 

Road to the Trophy

Having made their way through the Group Stage, topping Group F in rather straightforward fashion, two games essentially stand between Brazil and a first final appearance since 2002. First, they must get through Belgium, one of the most talented sides in the competition, after which they will face off against the winner of the tie between Uruguay and France. That said, if there is one team built to thrive on adversity, it is most definitely Brazil.

 

Form

Brazil came into the tournament brimming with confidence after convincing wins over Croatia and Austria. However, the Selecao suffered an early wobble, drawing against Switzerland in their opening group game.

They then rallied impressively late on to dispatch Costa Rica, before making light work of Serbia to advance in pole position from the Group. Any lingering doubts as to their credentials were answered in emphatic fashion by a comprehensive beating of Croatia in the Round of 16.

 

Star Player

Neymar is the undisputed star of this team. The PSG player is one of the game's leading stars, and at 26 is at his physical peak.

He propelled Brazil with six goals in qualifying, and has so far weighed in with two goals, as well as two assists. Clearly, Neymar is the creative hub around which Tite's side operates. If his form holds, he is well placed to take Brazil to the heights to which they have been accustomed through the years.

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