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

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It has been 20 years since Brazil final gained the World Cup. Because the No. 1-ranked group on the earth, it’s actually a favourite to win all of it in Qatar. 4 years in the past, Seleção relied an excessive amount of on Neymar and misplaced to Belgium within the quarterfinal, however with a deep roster of stars who play on the earth’s prime leagues, Tite’s group is predicted to make it out of the group unscathed.

Nevertheless, you may’t overlook aggressive European sides in Switzerland, which Brazil tied within the 2018 group stage, and Serbia, which beat Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal throughout qualifying. Cameroon can also be an skilled group and battle-tested following a playoff win over Algeria.


Coach: Tite

Highest end: 5-time champion (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)

2018 end: Quarterfinal

FOX Wager odds: +450

Key gamers: Neymar, Vinicius Jr., Marquinhos

What we’re excited to observe: Neymar is among the hottest and charming superstars within the sport. The PSG attacker scored eight objectives for Brazil throughout qualifying and can quickly – maybe in Qatar? – move Pele as their nation’s all-time main objective scorer (Pele scored 77 objectives for Brazil and Neymar has 75 heading into the World Cup).

What success appears to be like like: World Cup title or bust

Achilles’ heel: Messi just lately mentioned that he is choosing both Brazil or France to win the World Cup. With a stacked roster, there’s strain on Tite and his gamers to deliver dwelling a file sixth title.

X-Issue: Brazil has gained or drawn 28 of its final 29 matches going again to 2019 with the one loss coming within the 2021 Copa America remaining to Messi and Argentina. Since then, Tite’s skilled group did not lose a single CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying match and is feeling assured heading into Qatar.

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Coach: Dragan Stojkovic 

Highest end: Fourth place (1930, 1962)

2018 end: Group stage

FOX Wager odds: +10000

Key gamers: Dusan Tadic, Aleksander Mitrovic, Luka Jovic

What we’re excited to observe: This can be a group that surprised Ronaldo and Portugal to qualify for the World Cup and is seeking to advance out of the group stage for the primary time. Can they carry that momentum ahead and make a run?

What success appears to be like like: Getting out of the group

Achilles’ heel: There’s plenty of expertise right here. However can Stojkovic get his squad to play collectively and catch lighting in a bottle?

X-Issue: Mitrovic, the nation’s all-time main scorer, scored the game-winning objective towards Portugal to solidify Serbia’s spot within the World Cup. He scored a file 43 objectives for Fulham through the 2021-22 season and scored eight objectives for Serbia throughout qualifying. Can he sustain this spectacular streak and lead his nation out of the group?


Coach: Murat Yakin

Highest end: Quarterfinals (1934, 1938, 1954)

2018 end: Spherical of 16

FOX Wager odds: +8000

Key gamers: Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Yann Sommer

What we’re excited to observe: The 2018 World Cup group stage rematch between Switzerland and Serbia on Dec. 2. Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored the game-winner within the ninetieth minute of that recreation, made headlines for celebrating their objectives with an Albanian nationalist image. Each gamers, who’re additionally group captains, are of Albanian-Kosovan heritage and Kosovo just isn’t acknowledged by Serbia. 

What success appears to be like like: Getting out of the group

Achilles’ heel: Goalkeeper Yann Sommer, who famously saved a penalty kick by France’s Kylian Mbappe through the 2020 Euros and set a Bundesliga file with 19 stops in a single match, just lately injured his ankle. He is a key veteran participant for the Swiss they usually’ll want him wholesome in Qatar.

X-Issue: Switzerland ought to be ok with its possibilities to advance out of the group so long as Chicago Hearth winger Shaqiri is in prime type.


Coach: Rigobert Music

Highest end: Quarter finals (1990)

2018 end: Didn’t qualify

FOX Wager odds: +35000

Key gamers: Vincent Aboubakar, Karl Toko Ekambi, Andre Onana

What we’re excited to observe: How will 26-year-old goalkeeper Andre Onana, who begins for Inter Milan, truthful towards prime objective scorers on this group like Neymar, Vinicius Jr., Aleksander Mitrovic and Xherdan Shaqiri?

What success appears to be like like: Getting out of the group

Achilles’ heel: Music’s aspect would not have fairly the roster of European stars as different groups, so Cameroon will want some magic akin to what they discovered within the remaining spherical of World Cup qualifying.

X-Issue: Cameroon will lean closely on veteran Aboubakar to ship. Aboubakar, the group captain, scored probably the most objectives (eight) of any African participant at this yr’s Cup of countries.

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Laken Litman covers school soccer, school basketball and soccer for FOX Sports activities. She beforehand wrote for Sports activities Illustrated, USA At present and The Indianapolis Star. She is the creator of “Sturdy Like a Girl,” revealed in spring 2022 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Title IX. Comply with her on Twitter @LakenLitman.

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