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World Cup 2022 Team Guides, Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon

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20 years have passed since then Brazil He won the last World Cup. As the No. 1 ranked team in the world, they are definitely favorites to win it all in Qatar. Four years ago, the Seleçao relied a lot on him Neymar and lost Belgium In the quarter-finals, but with a deep roster of stars playing in the world’s top leagues, Tite’s side are expected to emerge from the group unscathed.

However, you cannot overlook the competitive European clubs in Switzerland, with whom Brazil were drawn in the 2018 group stage, and Serbia, who beat Cristiano Ronaldo. Portugal during the playoffs. Cameroon are also an experienced and battle-tested group with their play-off win over Algeria.

Brazil

Fitness Trainer: Tete

highest finishing: Five-time champion (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)

End of 2018: Quarter final

FOX betting odds: +450

Key players: neymar, vinicius jr, Marquinhos

What we are excited to seeNeymar is one of the most famous stars in the sport. The Paris Saint-Germain A striker who scored eight goals for Brazil during the qualifiers, and will be working soon – maybe in Qatar? Passing Pele as their country’s top scorer (Pele scored 77 goals for Brazil and Neymar 75 in the World Cup).

What does success look like: World Cup title or bankruptcy

Each Achilles: Messi recently said he would choose Brazil or France to win the World Cup. With a list stacked, there is pressure on Tite and his players to claim a sixth title.

x factor: Brazil have won or drawn 28 of their last 29 matches dating back to 2019 with one loss coming in the 2021 Copa America final to Messi and Argentina. Since then, Tite’s experienced group has not lost a single match in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers and is feeling confident on their way to Qatar.

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Serbia

Fitness Trainer: Dragan Stojkovic

highest finishing: 4th place (1930, 1962)

End of 2018: group stage

FOX betting odds: +10,000

Key players: Dusan Tadic, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Luka Jovic

What we’re excited to see: This is the team that stunned Ronaldo and Portugal by qualifying for the World Cup and are looking to get out of the group stage for the first time. Can they carry that forward momentum and run?

What does success look like: Exit the group

Each Achilles: There is a lot of talent here. But can Stojkovic convince his team to play together and catch the light in a bottle?

x factor: Mitrović, the country’s all-time top scorer, scored the match-winning goal against Portugal to cement Serbia’s place in the World Cup. He scored 43 goals for Fulham during the 2021-22 season and scored eight goals for Serbia during the playoffs. Can he maintain this impressive streak and lead his country out of the group?

Switzerland

Fitness Trainer: Murad sure

highest finishing: Quarter-finalists (1934, 1938, 1954)

End of 2018: Round of 16

FOX betting odds: +8000

Key players: Granit Shaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Jan Sommer

What we’re excited to see: She headlined the 2018 World Cup group stage rematch between Switzerland and Serbia on December 2. Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored the match-winner in the 90th minute of that match, made headlines for celebrating their goals with an Albanian nationalist symbol. Both players, who are also captains of the team, are of Kosovar Albanian origin and Serbia has not recognized Kosovo.

What does success look like: Exit the group

Each Achilles: Goalkeeper Jan Sommer, who is famous for blocking a penalty kick taken by the French Kylian Mbappe During Euro 2020 and scored a Bundesliga record with 19 stops in one game, he recently injured his ankle. He is a key veteran for the Swiss national team and they will need him healthy in Qatar.

x factor: The Swiss will have to be content with their chances of getting out of the group as long as Chicago Fire winger Shaqiri is in top form.

Cameroon

Fitness Trainer: Rigobert Song

highest finishing: Quarter-finals (1990)

End of 2018: not qualified

FOX betting odds: +35,000

Key players: Vincent Aboubakar, Carl Toko Ekambi, and Andre Onana

What we’re excited to see: How will 26-year-old goalkeeper Andre Onana, who starts for Inter Milan, fair against this group’s top scorers such as Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Xherdan Shaqiri?

What does success look like: Exit the group

Each Achilles: Song’s side don’t quite have the roster of European stars as other teams, so Cameroon will need some magic similar to what they found in the final round of World Cup qualifiers.

x factor: Cameroon will rely heavily on veteran Aboubakar for success. Aboubakar, the team’s captain, has scored the most goals (eight) by any African player in this year’s Cup of Nations.

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Laken Litman covers college football, college basketball, and soccer for FOX Sports. She has previously written for Sports Illustrated, USA Today, and The Indianapolis Star. She is the author of Strong Like a Woman, which will be published in the spring of 2022 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Title IX. Follow her on Twitter @LakenLitman.


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