Brazil World Cup Roster 2014: Updates on 23-Man Squad, Starting 11 Projections
Despite not having had to face the trials and tribulations that come with World Cup qualifying, there is little doubt that host nation Brazil will be ready for World Cup 2014 next summer.
With a plethora of talent to choose from across the board and key experience and confidence gained at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup this past summer, Canarinho look poised to give the rest of the globe's football powers a run for their money in 2014.
Barcelona superstar Neymar proved he could lead the South American giants to monumental victories at the Confederations Cup, scoring four goals and earning the Golden Ball Award en route to leading Brazil to a 3-0 win over defending World Cup champion Spain in the tournament final.
Head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari certainly won't hesitate to name the country's top player to his World Cup squad. Nonetheless he'll have some tough decisions to make as the summer draws closer.
With kickoff for World Cup 2014 just months away, let's take a closer look at the latest news surrounding Brazil's 23-man roster and the projected starting XI.
Latest Roster News: October 16, 2013
Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will be the man in charge of putting together the host nation's 23-man World Cup squad for next summer.
Recently, Scolari denied reports that he would guarantee a spot for Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa under the condition that he rejects Spain's offer, according to ESPNFC.com's Dermot Corrigan: "I said that Diego Costa would be called up, but only in the group of 45 players in whom we are interested and from which we will choose final squad."
The 25-year-old Costa scored 20 goals in 44 appearances for Atletico last season and is off to a scorching-hot start this season, having netted 10 goals through his first 10 appearances in all competitions for the club.
In the same report from Corrigan, Scolari also hinted that veteran forward Fred would be his first option at the top of Brazil's lineup: "When Fred recovers, he will be in the team. We need three players for that spot. I gave a chance to Pato, Lucas has been playing. Now we must make some judgments."
Fred, who recently turned 30, is battling through injury at the moment but has 16 goals in just 30 career appearances with the senior squad since 2005.
Projected Starting XI
Based on recent international fixtures and this past summer's 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, we can somewhat accurately project which players will be starring for Canarinho next June.
Projected Starting XI
G Julio Cesar (Queens Park Rangers)
D Dani Alves (Barcelona)
D Thiago Silva* (Paris Saint-Germain)
D David Luiz (Chelsea)
D Marcelo (Real Madrid)
M Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur)
M Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg)
M Oscar (Chelsea)
F Neymar (Barcelona)
F Hulk (Zenit Saint Petersburg)
F Fred (Fluminense)
G Diego Alves, G Diego Cavalieri, D Maicon, D Filipe Luis, D Adriano, M Kaka, M Hernanes, M Ramires, F Leandro Damiao, F Jo, F Luis Fabiano and F Diego Costa
G Jefferson, G Victor, D Dante, D Maxwell, D Dede, D Henrique, D Marcos Rocha, D Rever, D Miranda, M Jadson, M Fernando, M Jean, M Lucas Leiva, M Ronaldinho, M Ralf, M Lucas Moura, M Bernard, F Alexandre Pato, F Osvaldo and F Leandro Oliveira