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Since then 20 years have passed Brazil recently world champion. As the No. 1 team in the world, winning it all in Qatar is certainly a favourite. Four years ago, selection rely on it too much neymar and lost Belgium in the quarter-finals but with a big list of stars playing in the best leagues in the world, Tite’s side are expected to make it out of the group unscathed.
However, you cannot overlook competitive European teams Switzerlandwhich Brazil drew in the group stage in 2018, and Serbiawho beat Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal during qualifying. Cameroon is also an experienced group and battle-hardened after a playoff win over Algeria.
Here’s a look at all four teams in Group G:
Everything you need to know Cameroon:
Coaches: Rigobert song
Highest degree: Quarterfinals (1990)
End of 2018: Didn’t qualify
FOX betting odds: +35000
Key Characters: Vincent Aboubakar, Karl Toko Ekambi, Andre Onana
What we look forward to: How will 26-year-old goalkeeper Andre Onana, who starts for Inter Milan, hold his own against this group’s top scorers like Neymar, Vinícius Jr., Aleksander Mitrović and Xherdan Shaqiri?
Success looks like this: Get out of the group
Achilles heel: Song’s side don’t have quite as many European stars as other sides so Cameroon will need some magic, much like they found in the final round of World Cup qualifiers.
X factor: Cameroon will rely heavily on veteran Aboubakar to deliver. Aboubakar, the team captain, scored the most goals (eight) of any African player at this year’s Cup of Nations.
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goalkeeper: Devis Epassy, Simon Ngapandouetnbu, Andre Onana
defender: Jean-Charles Castelletto, Enzo Ebosse, Collins Fai, Olivier Mbaizo, Nicolas Nkoulou, Tolo Nouhou, Christopher Wooh
midfield player: Martin Hongla, Pierre Kunde, Olivier Ntcham, Gael Ondoua, Samuel Oum Gouet, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa
Forward: Vincent Aboubakar, Christian Bassogog, Eric-Maxime Choupo Moting, Souaibou Marou, Bryan Mbeumo, Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu, Jerome Ngom, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Jean-Pierre Nsame, Karl Toko Ekambi
Laken Litman covers college football, college basketball and soccer for FOX Sports. She previously wrote for Sports Illustrated, USA Today and The Indianapolis Star. She is the author of Strong Like a Woman, which was released in Spring 2022 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX. Follow her on Twitter @SheetLitman.
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