Brazil star Neymar

FIFA World Cup preview: Brazil

Brazil has won five FIFA World Cups and there is little to suggest they won't be firmly in the mix again in Russia.
This is a stacked roster, spearheaded by superstar Neymar and able to match it with the best nations in the world.
Brazil will come into this World Cup as favourites along with Germany and for good reason.
Because there are no weak links to be found, with the possible exception of losing back Dani Alves for the tournament.
Neymar is coming back from injury, but has been well rested and will be ready to fire here.
He will be the focal point of Brazil's attack and the South Americans will be very hard to stop in Russia.

The draw for Brazil

Switzerland, June 18
Costa Rica, June 22
Serbia, June 28

The star player

Neymar is the superstar in a team full of stars. He cracked a vertebrae in the quarter-finals in 2014, which cruelled Brazil's chances.
And he cracked the fifth metatarsal of his right foot playing for his club Paris Saint-Germain in February this year.
That is a slight concern, but he has had ample time to recover and should be healthy and firing.

What needs to go right

Neymar probably needs to stay on the park for Brazil to threaten the major nations. But aside from that, it is hard to find reasons why Brazil won't be there at the business end of the tournament.
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino will be an x-factor as well, scoring 27 goals in the most recent English Premier League season.
Talent to burn and a real chance at securing the Cup in Russia.

About the Author Josh Alston

Josh Alston is a hack with over 12 years industry experience, covering sport across all codes for newspapers and online agencies. Known to frequent grade matches because of their cheap tinnies. Eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Masters in sitting on the hill when the local cricket side was playing. Softball premiership winner, rugby league legend in Year 10 and no stranger to Doomben Racecourse.

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