Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

This article is part of The Guardian’s 2022 World Cup Experts Network, produced in collaboration with some of the top media outlets from the 32 qualifying countries. theguardian.com is broadcasting previews from both countries every day before the tournament, which will start on November 20.


Period Neymardependencia (Neymar addiction) has been used a lot by the Brazilian press in the last decade, especially after the exits from the last two World Cups. But the emergence of a talented new generation of forwards means that the phrase has been largely forgotten. Head coach Tite these days can have a lot of junior offensive talent.

“There was no Antony and Raphinha during the 2019 Copa América, Viní [Vinícius Júnior] He was still adapting at Real Madrid and Gabriel Martinelli was just training with us,” Tite said in October. “Now this generation has really come and wow! It was the development of these players that allowed us to play with five attacking players at the same time.”

For example, at the beginning of last year Tite was unaware of Raphinha, but the scout team warned him about the then Leeds forward and he is poised to make a debut in Qatar. Add to that players like Richarlison (Tottenham) and Lucas Paquetá (West Ham), who will be vying for their first World Cups, and it’s clear that Tite is spoiled for choice.

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v Serbia Thu 24 November, 19:00 Lusail Stadium

v Switzerland Mon 28 Nov, 16:00 Stadium 974

v Cameroon Friday, December 2, 19:00 Lusail Stadium

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There is a youthful air on offense, while defense brings experience and assurance. At goal, Alisson will play his second World Cup as a starter, and on defense, Thiago Silva, 38, may be the oldest outfielder to play in a World Cup for Brazil. Midfielder Casemiro is a 30-year-old relative spring chicken, but already holds more than 60 international caps. importance to him canarinho cannot be underestimated, and the 2018 World Cup was rumored to have been suspended as it was eliminated by Belgium in the quarter-finals.

Neymar is still there and the undisputed star of the team, but the difference this time around is that he isn’t all the center of attention. A division of responsibilities may well help Brazil, which is seeking a sixth World Cup victory.