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Brazil predicted lineup for Copa America 2024

Published at :June 14, 2024 at 10:48 PM
Modified at :June 14, 2024 at 10:48 PM
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Jimit Bhavsar

The Seleção will look to win their 10th Copa America title.

No matter the era, Brazil has arguably always been one of the strongest contenders in football. The country has produced some of the finest, purely skilled and talented players throughout history. Legends like Ronaldo Nazário, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and many others have graced us with their magical touch and skills on the ball, winning numerous trophies for the Seleção over the years.

A staggering nine-time Copa América champion, Brazil is the third-most successful nation in the tournament’s history. After a disappointing 2022 World Cup, the Canarinho are back to contend for another major title. Though without talisman Neymar Jr., Brazil still boasts an abundance of options.

Let’s take a closer look at their predicted 4-3-3 lineup for the 2024 Copa América:

GK: Alisson Becker

With Ederson sidelined by injury, selecting Alisson Becker was undoubtedly the perfect choice for Brazil. While Liverpool and their No. 1 endured a forgettable season, with defensive lapses often exposing Alisson, the Brazilian’s shot-stopping prowess remains a coveted asset. He has represented the Seleção at the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, as well as the 2016, 2019 and 2021 Copa América tournaments.

LB: Wendell

Porto’s recently capped Wendell brings a wealth of club experience, amassing 250 Bundesliga appearances. The left-back contributed 5 goals and 2 assists for Porto in the Primeira Liga this term. Wendell has been Brazil’s first-choice in that position during key friendlies against England and Spain.

CB: Eder Militão

Real Madrid’s Brazilian wall suffered an ACL injury early in the 2023-24 season, sidelining him for most of the campaign. Nonetheless, Militão provides invaluable experience in an otherwise new-look Brazil side. He made his Seleção debut in 2018 and was part of their 2019 Copa América winning squad, as well as the 2021 tournament and 2022 World Cup squads.

CB: Marquinhos

A PSG and Brazil legend, the calm, composed Marquinhos is arguably the squad’s most intelligent defender. His anticipation, pace and reading of the game make him pivotal in both snuffing out attacks and instigating them from the back.

RB: Danilo

Juventus’ captain endured a tough start in Serie A but regained his resilient form, winning the Coppa Italia. Danilo was initially the lone Serie A representative until Bremer’s call-up. His attacking forays from right-back offer an outlet for Brazil’s midfielders and forwards.

CM: Douglas Luiz

Luiz has proven his versatility for both Aston Villa and national side, featuring as a defensive midfielder and left-winger in friendlies. From his usual central role on the left flank, he contributed 10 goals and 11 assists in 49 games across competitions for Villa, making him an efficient choice in midfield.

CAM: Lucas Paquetá

In Neymar’s absence, Paquetá is the sole creative force in midfield. While often frustrating West Ham fans, he helped them win the UEFA Conference League and avoid relegation. His dribbling ability, trickery and offensive output make the Brazilian a midfield wildcard.

CM: Bruno Guimarães

Guimarães has proven himself to be a versatile midfielder for Newcastle United. For Brazil, his playing style can help the midfield in various situations and aspects. Bruno is always willing to cover behind for his teammates and does not hesitate to tackle and retrieve the ball from opponents. His understanding of how and when to change the tempo of the game comes with a lot of patience and the right opportunity to play a perfect penetrating pass. This can help Brazil release their in-form and clinical attackers to score goals.

LW: Vinicius Jr.

After Neymar, Vinicius Jr. brings that quintessential Brazilian flair and flashy dribbling, combined with end product. His confidence and goalscoring consistency over three seasons at Real Madrid, including their LaLiga and UCL triumphs, have even seen him touted as a Ballon d’Or contender. One-on-one, Vini Jr. is a handful and Brazil’s most dangerous attacking threat at the Copa América.

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ST: Endrick

With Gabriel Jesus’ participation uncertain after knee surgery, all eyes are on 17-year-old Real Madrid-bound prodigy Endrick. Unlike the typical Brazilian flair player, Endrick is a clinical, pacy striker excelling at finishing chances, as evidenced by his goals in friendlies against England, Spain and Mexico – including a 96th-minute winner off the bench. Having already opened his account for Brazil, Endrick could increase his tally at the Copa América.

RW: Rodrygo

Alongside Endrick and Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo completes Real Madrid’s triple threat in Brazil’s attack. Inconsistent early in his career for club and country, the winger has proven his efficiency of late. His best Brazil performance was a two-goal, one-assist display in a 5-1 rout of Bolivia. Rodrygo’s dribbling skills and ability to find spaces make him a constant threat to create or score.

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