Brazil’s road to the World Cup
The Brazilian national team is the most successful team in football history. They have always been a dominant side in the World Cup and have qualified for the competition every year since it began winning it 5 times and being runners up a further 2 times.
The national team has seen some of the best players to ever step onto the field play for them. Names such as Ronaldinho, Pele and Ronaldo to name a few of the incredible players Brazil has produced over the last century. However, their current side is nothing to underestimate as they have quality across the pitch most notably Neymar who has just made a move to French giant’s PSG and in doing so becoming the most expensive player of all time.
A big part of Neymar’s move was down to him wanting to peruse winning the Ballon d’Or which he didn’t think he could do in Messi’s shadow at Barcelona. Winning the World Cup would certainly put him in a fantastic position to be in with a real chance of winning the Ballon d’Or especially if PSG keep performing as they are in the Champions league. This surely means Neymar will be keen to make a real impact in Russia this year to show that he is one of, if not the best player in the world.
In 2014 Brazil hosted the Cup and were one of the favourites to win the overall competition. After topping group A with 7 points, They made it to the semi-final where they faced Germany and were taken apart by in a game that finished 7-1. It was a real humiliation for the host nation and I’m sure they’ll be up to make a big impression this year as there is potential they could play Germany if they qualify from the group and make the last 16.
How has Brazil qualified for the world cup?
Brazil kicked off their world cup qualification campaign on the 9th October 2015 when they played Chile away from home. The game ended 2-0 to Chile however they were arguably one of the best teams on the continent at the time, nether the less it was a wakeup call for Brazil. They then played at home the following month against Venezuela winning 3-1 and in turn starting their unbeaten streak as they didn’t lose any of their last 17 WC Qualification games.
This great run of form has boosted them up to second favourites with the bookies to win the overall competition only behind the winners from 4 years ago, Germany. If you’re interested in football betting or World Cup news, then check out Team FA for weekly Articles, quizzes and tips.
Overall the World Cup this year looks extremely competitive with a whole host of quality players stepping up with their nations to try and win arguably the most prestigious award on one of the biggest stages. If I was to make an early prediction for this year’s winner I would have to say Brazil look to be an a great bet.