The FIFA World Cup is the premier sporting event in the world; it attracts eyes from South Korea to Montreal, the Ivory Coast to Peru. The world is getting more and more excited to watch this year’s event, which is set to kick off on June 12 in Brazil.
There are 32 teams in the field, all hoping they can channel what it takes to hoist the winner’s trophy over their heads at the end of the tournament. Defending champions of 2010, Spain, will have to work extra hard to hold off the hungry competition; and there will surely be a lot of it. Perhaps no other team is as hungry as the host nation and for good reason, as Brazil has a squad worth getting excited about. Here are some things to know about the squad representing Brazil.
They find themselves in Group A
As the host nation, Brazil automatically qualified for this year’s competition. They find themselves pitted in a group that also contains Mexico, Croatia, and Cameroon. Brazil has won the World Cup an impressive five times over the years, but a sixth would be extra special if they are able to secure the title in 2014-as it would be a victory on their home soil. There is no question that Brazil is the favorite to win Group A, with many people expecting them to reach the knockout stage successfully.
Who to watch
Whenever you are discussing a team with the pedigree of Brazil, there will surely be a plethora of stars that play on the pitch. Thiago Silva is one of those players. He captains the team and will be a vital piece if they are to have success in their home country; at centre-back, Thiago Silva has lifted his game to be one of the best in the world at his position. Of course, one can’t forget to mention Neymar when discussing the Brazilian squad. He is one of the best footballers in the world and will be playing in his first World Cup and the pressure will be on him to deliver on his native soil. Other players to watch include Hulk, Willian, and Marcelo. For a complete look at the 23-man roster, visit here.
Brazil opens up the competition on June 12 versus Croatia in Sao Paulo.
Brazil will then face Mexico in their second group match in Fortaleza on June 17.
The hosts wrap up group play on June 23 versus Cameroon in Brasilia.
Many expect Brazil to make it out of group play and into the knockout stage, and only time will tell if the hosts are to become World Cup champions once again.