The Brazilian national team is always a firm candidate to win the World Cup, as it has a never-ending talent production line. We could easily put together a “B” team with the players left out of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s World Cup squad that would still have a shot at lifting the trophy.
In fact, there is so much talent that we can even form a strong Brazilian-born XI of players who chose not to fight for a spot in the Verde-Amarela but for another national team.
In the past two World Cups, around a dozen players born in Brazil or with Brazilian parents played for other national teams. And to earn a selection from some of those teams is not easy, either. Deco and Liedson did it with Portugal, Cacau with the three-time champion Germany and Sinha with Mexico, among others.
This Brazilian-born XI has eight players from provisional squad lists for the World Cup announced earlier this month. The three other players did not appear in the lists but still may have a chance of being included before the official rosters are due to FIFA on June 2.
It is important to note that all these players are performing for top national teams that have finished third or better in a World Cup. Put together, these teams account for seven championships and 12 finalists. The old argument that Brazilian players choose to play for other countries because they wouldn’t be good enough for the Canarinha gets harder to support.
This XI uses a 4-4-2 formation, with the potential to switch to a 4-3-1-2.