Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

THEY are the most successful nation in World Cup history with FIVE trophies.

But Brazil has not gone all the way since a Ronaldo-inspired success in 2002.

Actually, they just ONCE UPON A TIME In the 20 years since they lost the third place play-off to the Netherlands at home in 2014, they have made it to the quarter-finals.

This winter, Tite has a star-studded cast that can’t wait to go away.

But before Brazil can outdo themselves, they must find a way to find their way through a particularly challenging group that includes Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.

First, as SunSport takes a look at everything you need to know before the big game, the potential black horses are Serbia.

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How did they get there?

Brazil: In the extremely difficult South American table, he had 14 wins in 17 games and reached the top with three draws. NONE casualties.

Their match against Argentina was canceled after five minutes due to an incredible controversy due to Covid.

Serbia: Won a tough European Group A, won six out of eight matches, and were undefeated like Brazil.

Behaving like black horses for the 2022 tournament in Qatar, Serbia reached the top by beating Portugal to avoid needing the playoffs.


How are the forms?

Brazil: They have won every match since then JANUARY 27 When held 1-1 by Ecuador in a feisty match.

Incredibly, their most recent defeat came in the Copa America final in July 2021.

In this winter tournament, both teams beat Ghana 3-0 and Tunisia 5-1 in September.

Serbia: Defeated Bahrain 5-1 in the pre-tournament warm-up after a strong Nations League campaign.

They won four of their group matches with a draw and a loss.

Prior to that, they defeated Hungary, which had suffered England’s biggest defeat since 1928, just weeks later, 3-0 to Denmark shortly after.

Who are the administrators?

Brazil: Tite – A highly experienced boss who has spent most of his career in his home country, Qatar will be his second World Cup to take over in 2016.

The South Americans lost 2-1 to Belgium in the quarterfinals played in Russia four years ago, and Tite was eager to make up for it this time around.

Tite won 75 percent of the 76 games he played for Brazil.

Serbia: Dragan Stojkovic – Gary Lineker’s former teammate started his managerial career at Nagoya Grampus Eight, following in the footsteps of Arsene Wenger, who was famous for managing the Japanese team before moving to Arsenal.

Stojkovic spent five years there and another half a decade before moving to China to manage Super League side Guangzhou R&F.

The national player, who has played for 85 internationals, took over as Serbia’s coach in 2021 and won an extremely impressive win in 14 of 21 games, losing just three times.

Who are the star players?

Brazil: I could easily list an entire 26-man roster with a top-notch roster capable of disabling two deadly 11s.

However, in the current group, their attacks are remarkable with names such as Neymar, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli, Richarlison and Antony.

Still, Alisson and Ederson fight for the No. 1 jersey, while on defense they are strong on all counts with Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Eder Militao and Bruno Guimaraes, Fabinho and Casemiro in the middle.

Serbia: Aleksandar Mitrovic is by far the most important man on the European side, who secured his place in the World Cup with his last win against Portugal.

His goals are invaluable for the team, but the roster is packed with top talent in the 26-man group, including Dusan Tadic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Dusan Vlahovic, as well as Luka Jovic, Filip Kostic and Nikola Milenkovic.

Brazil has a star-studded roster like Neymar and Dani Alves.


Brazil has a star-studded roster like Neymar and Dani Alves.Credit: EPA
Aleksandar Mitrovic will be Serbia's biggest threat at the 2022 World Cup


Aleksandar Mitrovic will be Serbia’s biggest threat at the 2022 World Cup1 credit

What is head to head?

The teams faced each other twice and Brazil won both.

The South Americans won a friendly game 1-0 in 2014, shortly before the World Cup on their home country.

Brazil then beat them 2-0 in the group stages of the 2018 World Cup held in Russia.

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Which channel will show the match?

The match will be broadcast on BBC One at 19:00.

Alternatively, you can follow the match on iPlayer.

SunSport forecast

Brazil 2 Serbia 1