Brazil suffered two major blows since 2014, with the first being an elimination against Paraguay in the quarter final of the Copa América in 2015, followed by a humiliating group stage exit from the Centenario edition in 2016. It seemed that Brazilian footballs was in shambles and could never recover, but a young generation inspired the country to triumph in the Olympic games for the first time in history.
Shortly after, Tite guided Brazil to a 3-0 victory away to Ecuador at high altitude. And ever since, the national team has absolutely been the best of the South American continent, with win after win. Brazil would eventually climb from 6th place, to end up on top with a comfortable lead over Uruguay.
However, the team lacks big names like Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos to make a proper balance. It is highly dependable on the performance of Neymar and Gabriel Jesus. Another concern is that Brazil has not played against the big names for a long time and there will be only one friendly match against Germany before the tournament.
- World Ranking: – 2
- Odds to win World Cup: – 8-1
There is no doubt that Brazil is the best team in South America at the moment, but it remains to be seen how they will cope against the best European defenses.