Rather unusually, the strength of Felipe Scolari’s Brazil is at the back, although typically their defenders are fantastic on the ball. As World Cup legend Pele said in March, according to FootballAustralia.com: "There's no doubt that Brazil has a good team, a very strong team, but for the first time we have a better defence than attack."
In Real Madrid’s Marcelo and Barcelona’s Dani Alves, they possess two of the best attacking full-backs in the world. The pair will provide crucial width when going forward, helping to supply Neymar and Fred. Their understudies, Maicon of AS Roma and PSG’s Maxwell are equally offensively minded.
At the heart of the defence, captain Thiago Silva is regarded as one of the best in the game and is ably partnered by the technically gifted David Luiz. Captain Silva cuts a commanding figure in his own penalty area, and as the above video shows, he is a danger to watch for in the opposition box from set-pieces. Indeed, Rivelino, who was part of the great 1970 Brazilian side, has argued that of the current crop, only Thiago Silva would make it into their team, as reported by John Drayton in the Daily Mail.
The remaining two defenders in the squad are Bayern Munich’s Dante and Henrique of Napoli. Although these two may only have 16 international caps between them, Dante has significant experience in the Champions League, and Henrique gained Scolari's trust from their time together at Palmeiras.
Honourable mention: Spain (Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta)