FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil teams

Brazil starting line-upWorld Cup 2014 team profile: Brazil

BRAZIL (seeded)

Style & formation: The flicks and tricks remain second nature, but this Brazil side is also resilient and well organised, moulded by the pragmatism of 2002 World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

They press the opposition high up the pitch, while midfielder Luiz Gustavo acts as an auxiliary third centre-back - allowing the full-backs and the likes of centre-back David Luiz to venture forward.

Brazil usually adopt a 4-2-3-1 formation and are not afraid to be direct, often seeking out the flamboyant Neymar on the left with long balls from the back.

Strengths: Take your pick. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has the required major tournament know-how, the players are talented and well-drilled, the strong team spirit is abundantly evident and a passionate home crowd will surely inspire the team again, as they did at the Confederations Cup last summer.

World Cup team profile: BrazilWeaknesses: The paucity of centre forward options is a potential concern. First-choice Fred has been injured for five months this season, Jo's form has faltered, and Diego Costa opted to represent Spain.

First-team regulars Neymar, Paulinho and Oscar have also had a critical press over their club performances.

Believe the hype; Neymar is pivotal to Brazil. Full of energy and deft touches, and able to dribble at incredible speed, he is the player most capable of changing a game for Luiz Felipe Scolari's side.

The 22-year-old World Cup poster boy must put aside a difficult second half of the season with Barcelona after the club were investigated for tax fraud over his transfer last summer.

World Cup team profile: CroatiaNeymar has been in prolific form for Brazil

Strong in the air and composed in possession, captain Thiago Silva was the only defender shortlisted for the 2013 Fifa Ballon d'Or.

He is worthy of a place in the great 1970 Brazil side in the opinion of World Cup winner Rivelino.

Reappointed in November 2012, World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has recovered from a poor start to his second spell in charge to shape Brazil into a side he is "100% sure… will be the champion" this summer.

The 65-year-old led Portugal to the Euro 2004 final, 2006 World Cup semi-finals and last eight at Euro 2008 between his spells as Brazil boss.

World Cup team profile: MexicoThe key to this transformation, according to defender Dante, is Scolari's paternal approach.

As hosts.

Brazil are the only nation to have played at every World Cup, winning the competition a record five times, latterly in 2002.

Fifa ranking: 3

Possible starting line-up

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC, on loan from QPR), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atletico Mineiro).

Defenders: Marcelo (Real Madrid), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (AS Roma), Maxwell, Thiago Silva (both Paris St-Germain), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Napoli).

Midfielders: Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur), Ramires, Willian, Oscar (all Chelsea), Hernanes (Inter Milan), Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City).

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