Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has announced his finalised 23-man squad selection, a selection that does a fair deal of justice to the favourites whilst containing a few shocking omissions.
The "Pentacampeões" are set to carry out a nation's hopes with a squad that contains 17 inexperienced players out of a total of 23. A gamble that could prove costly at major expense.
Scolari's team includes the likes of players such as Oscar, Julio Cesar and Paulinho, players who have had a bad run of form since the turn of the year, a decision that could cause the home team some amateur mistakes.
Paulinho has not been a regular feature for Tottenham this season, and his lack of appearances could hinder the team. First choice goalkeeper Julio Cesar has also had a bad season with the veteran only playing seven games in the MLS all season.
Chelsea midfielder Oscar, was also criticised by Blues manager Jose Mourinho over a possible lack of commitment to the club. The 22-year-old has been out with a hip injury, but the media has been questioning if he has been saving himself for the World Cup.
"He was our best player for months, from August to December. He was absolutely fantastic. After that he's been up and down." said Mourinho. Scolari however has defended his player, "Oscar is one of the best players we have in the world, regardless of any comments from any coach," he said.
The form of Neymar has also come under question as the 22-year-old has been on a bad run of form since the turn of the year. Brazil's Golden boy does not look likely to get a game for the remainder of the season, but however does comfort fans of the "Verde-Amarela" by stating, "I’ll be ready. I will - There’s no problem with my injury. The only problem is that I can’t help my Barcelona team-mates."
Scolari who helped Brazil to their last World Cup triumph back in 2002, has also come under fire for the omissions of key and experienced players such as Robinho, Kaka, Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Moura and the list goes on.
"The squad we had in 2002 was a lot more experienced. Seventeen of our players have never played in World Cup whereas that was maybe 10 back in 2002," Scolari stated.
"But they have experience of playing strong competitions in Europe, Champions League. We know that that can make a difference in certain games."
Scolari has however assured fans of the "Canarinho" that he will do all that he can to see out the other top teams and give Brazil their sixth World Cup on home soil.
"We are going to call on some World champions and some great players who will come in and spend time with us and help us in these challenges. I will go all the way to hell with these players if they need it," said Scolari. The script has been written, let's just hope that a fairy tale as such comes to fruition.
Brazil's World Cup Squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar, Jefferson, Victor
Defenders: Dani Alves, Maicon, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Dante, Marcelo, Henrique, Maxwell
Midfield: Oscar, Fernandinho, Willian, Paulinho, Ramires, Luis Gustavo, Hernanes
Attackers: Bernard, Neymar, Fred, Hulk, Jo
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