The home country at the 2014 World Cup, also the tournament favorites, named their squad. Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has stuck to his favorites and could have named the squad weeks ago. Instead, he named it almost a month ahead of the final roster deadline.
There is no rush. It is just the coach’s wish to have the squad in place. However, given the talent for Brazil and the static nature of recent call-ups, the announcement was almost an afterthought.
The squad is lead by Neymar, who is expected to be recovered from an injury in a couple of weeks. He will be the face and leader of the squad despite not being the captain. That honor goes to Thiago Silva. Neymar is joined in attack by other players known by just one name, Jo, Hulk and Fred.
Here is the full roster as announced by Scolari:
GK Julio Cesar, Jefferson, Vitor
DF: Dante, David Luiz, Henrique, Thiago Silva, Dani Alves, Maicon, Marcelo, Maxwell
MF: Luiz Gustavo, Oscar, Paulinho, Ramires, Hernanes, Willian, Bernardo
F: Fred, Hulk, Jo, Neymar
This means no Lucas Moura, Marquinhos, Alex, Filipe Luis and Miranda at the World Cup. Kaka is the biggest name left off the squad. Philippe Coutinho was also left off a squad that he was once considered a key player of. The players not on the squad could at least get out of the group stage.
It is almost unfair that Scolari had this pool of players to pull from for his roster. Brazil can now officially begin the march to the cup, and the names on this list make it hard to doubt their chances.