Brazil recently announced their squad for the 2022 World Cup. It looks like they are indeed threatening to reclaim their lost throne and take home the trophy after waiting for two decades. Many teams are affected by the injury crisis. But the Brazilian team is one of the few teams without major injury concerns. Speaking of their team, their team is filled with a great blend of youth and experience. With Neymar, Vinicius and Rodrio in attack, their team looks like one of the hot favorites to win the competition.
However, there were also unlucky players who did not manage to come for various reasons. With too many quality players in the Brazilian pool. It was a tough job for Tite to get some big names out of the team. Here today we have come with a summary of quality players who did not make the 26-man squad for Brazil at the World Cup in Qatar 2022 .
Gabriel’s absence from Brazil is one of the biggest highlights given the lack of lethal strikers in the Brazilian line-up. The 26-year-old forward has been in good form lately. He has a total contribution of 10 goals and assists in his 12 games. Barbosa’s dream of representing Brazil at the World Cup is now on hold and will have to wait another four years.
After establishing himself as one of the solid defenders in Europe this season, the omission of Gabriel Magalhaes is hard to swallow. He has been left out of the squad in recent outings as well. And he was again dropped from Brazil’s 26-man World Cup squad in Qatar. This season, Magalhaes’ form and ability to read the game has been superb and key to Arsenal’s success. Arsenal’s defensive star is yet to make his debut for Brazil, which clearly shows the level of competition in his national team with Eder Militao, Marquinhos et al.
Tottenham star Emerson Royal was last seen in his home colors in the Copa América 2021 final. Despite his good performances for Tottenham Hotspurs defensively this season, his omission at full-back has been questioned with Dani Alves being selected above him. This 22-year-old defender has only 7 appearances for his national team.
Douglas Luiz has been the heart and soul of Villa’s midfield in recent seasons and his presence in the Brazilian midfield could provide the required solidity in the middle of the park. Aston Villa have relied heavily on the Brazilian midfielder and he has always given them the goods. The Villa midfielder last played in the qualifiers for the 2021 World Cup. But with plenty of speed in Brazil’s midfield, Casemiro and Fabinho are preferred managers at this World Cup in Qatar.
Pereira is another midfielder who missed the plane for the World Cup in Qatar 2022. The Brazilian midfielder has been very crucial for the Fulham side this season. He played as a playmaker for them and was quite successful. Pereira played 14 games this season with 2 goals and 4 assists. However, the former Manchester United player has only made one appearance for his national team in his entire career.
The 20-21 La Liga winner was again left out of the big tournament. Lodi’s recent dip in form has cost him his ticket to Qatar. The defender played 16 games for his national team. Earlier this season, Lodi was loaned out to Nottingham Forest from Atletico Madrid due to his inconsistency on the pitch, but he is still struggling to find his best form.
After a disappointing season with Atletico Madrid, it was expected that Cunha’s name would not be included in the FIFA World Cup squad. His 16 appearances for the Spanish giants this season have yet to produce a goal, and he has contributed just two assists. He has eight caps for the national team, most recently against Ghana in September 2022. All his previous appearances have been qualifiers and friendlies, and the Atlético star would now have to wait longer to represent Brazil at a major tournament.
Coutinho Coutinho was once a key player for Brazil’s lineup, but now he is nowhere near his old stature. His time has now hit rock bottom as he has been left out of the 26-man squad. The Brazilian scored 21 goals in 68 appearances for his national team and was a key member of the last World Cup in 2018, but the tables have turned.
Roger Ibanez was phenomenal under Jose Mourinho and arguably the best Brazilian defender in the Italian league. The Brazilian star has played 14 games this season for Roma and could be a good addition to an already aging Brazilian defence. Ibanez has only played one game for his national team Brazil in his entire football career and that is a game for the future.
The most shocking omission from this list is Bobby Firmino. Firmino has recently returned to form in the Liverpool team with 6 goals and 3 assists in a total of 12 appearances for the club. In addition to his club stats, Firmino’s numbers with Brazil are outstanding with 17 goals in 55 games. Finally, the Brazilian was part of the Copa America squad at the big competition and his name could be a real big addition to the attacking third.