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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.
Everything you need to know Serbia:
Coaches: Dragan Stojkovic
Highest degree: Fourth place (1930, 1962)
End of 2018: group stage
FOX betting odds: +10000
Key Characters: Dusan Tadic, Aleksander Mitrovic, Luke Jovic
What we look forward to: This is a side that stunned Ronaldo and Portugal to qualify for the World Cup and are looking to get out of the group stage for the first time. Can they take that momentum and go for a run?
Success looks like this: Get out of the group
Achilles heel: There is a lot of talent here. But can Stojković get his side to play together and catch light in a bottle?
X factor: Mitrović, the country’s all-time top goalscorer, scored the decisive goal against Portugal to cement Serbia’s place at the World Cup. He scored a record 43 goals for Fulham in the 2021–22 season and scored eight goals for Serbia in qualifying. Can he continue this impressive streak and lead his country from the group?
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goalkeeper: Marko Dmitrovic, Pedrag Rajkovic, Vanja Milinkovic Savic
defender: Stefan Mitrovic, Nikola Milenkovic, Strahinja Pavlovic, Milos Veljkovic, Filip Mladenovic, Strahinja Erakovic, Srdan Babic
midfield player: Nemanja Gudelj, Sergej Milinkovic Savic, Sasa Lukic, Marko Grujic, Filip Kostic, Uros Racic, Nemanja Maksimovic, Ivan Ilic, Andrija Zivkovic, Darko Lazovic
Forward: Dusan Tadic, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dusan Vlahovic, Filip Duricic, Luka Jovic, Nemanja Radonjic
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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