FIFA World Cup record holders Brazil will take on Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon in Group G of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Brazil — the most successful nation in football history, with five World Cups (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002) — will compete for their sixth trophy at the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
Regarded as the top contender in any international football competition they take part in, Brazil has managed to participate in every World Cup in history.
The biggest star on the current Brazilian squad is Paris Saint-Germain attacker Neymar Jr, who is the most expensive player ever with his €222 million move to PSG from Barcelona in 2017.
Two Real Madrid stars, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, are the other big names on the Brazil squad for the upcoming tournament.
The other teammates, which include Manchester United’s Antony, Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus, and Gabriel Martinelli, Barcelona’s Raphinha, Tottenham’s Richarlison, and Flamengo’s Pedro, are also forces to reckon with.
Five Premier League players — Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaraes, West Ham United’s Lucas Paqueta, Liverpool’s Fabinho, and Manchester United’s Fred and Casemiro — will play in the midfield of the World Cup squad.
Thirty-nine-year-old right-back Daniel Alves, who is the third most capped Brazilian, with 124 appearances, is also among those called up for the Brazilian squad.
In a national team that has been famous for its successful goalkeepers throughout history, it’s no surprise that two successful English Premier League regulars — Alisson Becker of Liverpool and Manchester City’s Ederson — have been called up to the World Cup squad.
Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino didn’t make the cut to the squad despite having no known injuries.
Legendary former right-back Cafu is the most capped Brazilian, with 142 appearances.
Pele, who is regarded by many as the best football player in history, is the top scorer of all time, with 77 goals, while Neymar is only two goals away from equalizing with Pele’s record.
Brazil have nine Copa America trophies and five Confederations Cup victories in history, besides their amazing five FIFA World Cup titles.
Brazil’s World Cup Squad:
Alisson Becker (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras), Danilo (Juventus), Dani Alves (PUMAS), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Alex Telles (Sevilla), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Marquinhos (PSG), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Gleison Bremer (Juventus), Casemiro (Manchester United), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fred (Manchester United), Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle United), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham United), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Neymar (PSG), Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid), Raphinha (Barcelona), Antony (Manchester United), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal), Richarlison (Tottenham), Pedro (Flamengo), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal).
Serbia, which was part of former Yugoslavia until 1992, reached the semifinals in the World Cup twice, in 1930 and 1962, but couldn’t bag any medals.
Young Juventus forward Dusan Vlahovic, who left Fiorentina to join the Turin club in January 2022, is the biggest star of the current squad.
Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Juventus midfielder Filip Kostic and Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic are the other notable names among those called up for the upcoming World Cup.
Ajax’s veteran defender Dusan Tadic, who has also been named as the national team’s captain, is the oldest player on the Serbia squad, at 33.
Former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is the most capped player, with 105 appearances, while Mitrovic is the all-time top scorer with 50 goals.
Serbia also bagged two silver medals at the UEFA European Championship in 1960 and 1968.
Serbia’s World Cup Squad:
Marko Dmitrovic (Sevilla), Predrag Rajkovic (Mallorca), Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (Torino), Stefan Mitrovic (Getafe), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina), Strahinja Pavlovic (RB Salzburg), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Filip Mladenovic (Legia Warsaw), Strahinja Erakovic (Red Star Belgrade), Srdjan Babic (Almeria), Nemanja Gudelj (Sevilla), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Sasa Lukic (Torino), Marko Grujic (Porto), Filip Kostic (Juventus), Uros Racic (Braga), Nemanja Maksimovic (Getafe), Ivan Ilic (Hellas Verona), Andrija Zivkovic (PAOK), Darko Lazovic (Hellas Verona), Dusan Tadic (Ajax), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham), Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus), Filip Duricic (Sampdoria), Luka Jovic (Fiorentina), Nemanja Radonji (Torino).
Switzerland will fight to reach their maiden World Cup semifinals at the upcoming Qatar 2022.
Two English Premier League players — Manchester City defender Manuel Akanji and Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka — are the two most important players on the Swiss World Cup squad.
Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel and Salzburg attacker Noah Okafor are among the other notable names.
Veteran Chicago Fire attacker Xherdan Shaqiri will experience his fourth FIFA World Cup in Qatar after participating in 2010, 2014, and 2018.
Thirty-three-year-old Borussia Monchengladbach goalie Yann Sommer is another experienced player on the Switzerland squad.
Galatasaray forward Haris Seferovic is a familiar name for Turkish football fans on the Swiss team.
Former midfielder Heinz Hermann is the most capped Swiss player with 118 appearances while former Borussia Dortmund forward Alexander Frei is the all-time Swiss top scorer with 42 goals.
Switzerland’s World Cup Squad:
Gregor Kobel (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Kohn (Red Bull Salzburg), Jonas Omlin (Montpellier), Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Manuel Akanji (Manchester City), Eray Comert (Valencia), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach), Ricardo Rodriguez (Torino), Fabian Schar (Newcastle United), Sylvan Widmer (Mainz 05), Michel Aebischer (Bologna), Edimilson Fernandes (Mainz 05), Fabian Frei (Basel), Remo Freuler (Nottingham Forest), Ardon Jashari (Luzern), Noah Okafor (Red Bull Salzburg), Fabian Rieder (Young Boys), Xherdan Shaqiri (Chicago Fire), Djibril Sow (Eintracht Frankfurt), Renato Steffen (Lugano), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Chelsea), Breel Embolo (Monaco), Christian Fassnacht (Young Boys), Haris Seferovic (Galatasaray), Reuben Vargas (FC Augsburg)
African nation Cameroon will experience their eighth World cup group stage in Qatar 2022.
Napoli’s defensive midfielder Frank Anguissa and Brentford attacker Bryan Mbeumo are the most notable names on the Cameroon squad.
Bayern Munich’s veteran forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and former Beskitas forward Vincent Aboubakar, who plays for Al-Nassr and was named as the team captain, are among the 26-men squad.
Inter Milan goalie Andre Onana, Olympique Lyon winger Karl Toko Ekambi, and Besiktas winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou have also been called up for Qatar 2022.
Former Galatasaray and Trabzonspor defender Rigobert Song is the most capped Cameroonian player, with 137 appearances, while the all-time Cameroonian top scorer is former Barcelona legend Samuel Eto’o, with 56 goals.
The Cameroon national football team have five Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) titles — in 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002, and 2017.
Cameroon’s World Cup Squad:
Devis Epassy (Abha), Simon Ngapandouetnbu (Olympique Marseille), Andre Onana (Inter Milan), Jean-Charles Castelletto (Nantes), Enzo Ebosse (Udinese), Collins Fai (Al-Tai), Olivier Mbaizo (Philadelphia Union), Nicolas Nkoulou (Aris Salonika), Nouhou Tolo (Seattle Sounders), Christopher Wooh (Stade Rennes), Martin Hongla (Hellas Verona), Pierre Kunde (Olympiakos), Olivier Ntcham (Swansea City), Gael Ondoua (Hannover 96), Samuel Oum Gouet (Mechelen), Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Napoli), Vincent Aboubakar (Al Nassr), Christian Bassogog (Shanghai Shenhua), Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting (Bayern Munich), Souaibou Marou (Coton Sport), Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford), Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu (Young Boys Berne), Jerome Ngom (Colombe Dja), Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Besiktas), Jean-Pierre Nsame (Young Boys Berne), Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon).
Group G Schedule: