1: They’ve done it 5 times before!
Brazil can win the World Cup for the simple reason that they’ve won it more than any other side and have the experience.
They also remain the only side to retain the World Cup since the Second World War, when they did so in 1962.
Brazil have also won the competition on the most amount of continents. In Europe in 1958. And, in America in 1994.
Whilst they have failed spectacularly on home soil (1950 and 2014), Brazil seem to enjoy swaggering into a World Cup and showing the world how to play the Beautiful Game!
History is on their side will Brazil make it 6 titles in Russia?
2: Brazil’s impressive qualification
Brazil were the outstanding side, not only in CONMEBOL qualification but in the qualifiers that took place all around the world.
They won 12 of their 18 games, scoring 41 goals and recording some memorable victories including a famous 3-0 win over rivals Argentina in Belo Horizonte, the same stadium where they famously lost 7-1 to Germany.
Brazil also beat all four of the other South American nations who will compete in Russia, showing they have the form and the firepower to do some serious damage when it really matters.
The early stages of the qualification process were far from impressive, but ever since Tite has been in charge, they have never looked back.
3: Brazil’s friendly form
It’s not just in qualifiers they’ve impressed but in their warm up games too. Last November they swept aside Japan before a dominant Wembley display which yielded no reward in a goalless draw.
In the last round of international matches, they got a taster of life in Russia when they took on the hosts in Moscow, steamrollering them in a 3-0 win.
Then came the game everyone in Brazil was eagerly anticipating. They travelled to Berlin where they faced Germany for the first time since that crushing semi final defeat four years ago.
But in the Olympiastadion they played superbly well and won 1-0 thanks to a Gabriel Jesus header. Getting over this hoodoo before the tournament could be massive and give them great confidence going into the World Cup finals.
Before playing Austria on Sunday, Brazil also beat Croatia 2-0 at Anfield. That man Neymar made his comeback and scored…
4: Neymar will be fresh
Neymar supposedly joined PSG to win the Ballon d’Or.
To achieve this he needs to be either be a part of a Brazil side that wins the World Cup or to help Paris Saint-Germain to their first ever Champions League title.
PSG crashed out in the last 16 for the second season running, this time to Real Madrid.
Neymar missed the second leg in Paris with the hairline crack in his foot that has meant that he hasn’t featured since February.
But could this unwanted break from playing actually be a help when it comes to the World Cup?
As opposed to being jaded, like many other players heading to the Finals the summer, Neymar will be fresh and raring to go.
Neymar may also enjoy playing for a side where he is happy and able to express himself fully rather than the more hostile environment at PSG.
It certainly feels like Neymar is the leader of this Brazil side and his international record is nothing short of phenomenal.
Neymar scores for Brazil vs Croatia at Anfield – video
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Back in 1958 the World Cup was held in Sweden.
This World Cup retains significance because it remains the only time that a World Cup has been held on European soil but won by a non-European team.
Brazil beat the hosts 5-2 in the Final with Pelé bagging a brace.
This tournament proves they can do it but can Brazil repeat it by coming over to Europe and ruling the world again?
6: Brazil’s potentially favourable draw
Was the draw kind to Brazil and so will it help them make it all the way to the Final?
They’re in Group E alongside Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia and are heavy favourites to win.
They will face arguably their toughest test, from Serbia, in their last game which could work in their favour as it is possible the group may be wrapped up by then.
This also allows Neymar to continue his recovery from injury in the World Cup group stages.
Also, assuming they win Group E, Brazil will take on the runners up from Group F which is likely to be one of Sweden, Korea or Mexico; against all 3 sides they would fancy their chances of progressing.
If all goes to plan on that front they will be in the last eight with some comfort and once you’re in the quarter finals anything is possible.
7: Brazil’s young squad
Could the youth be key?
Injury to Dani Alves leaves Brazil shorn of a player with over 100 caps.
Since the last World Cup there has been a major churn of players and there are not a huge amount of players scarred by Brazil 2014.
The likes of Casemiro, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus have showed that they are world class players in recent months and could be key to Brazilian joy this summer.
8: The likes of Fred (the striker) are long gone
The biggest failing of the 2014 World Cup was that Luiz Felipe Scolari made the wrong squad selection.
After winning the Confederations Cup the year before he stuck with the players who had delivered that trophy as opposed to picking players in form, the obvious example is Philippe Coutinho.
This meant that the Fluminese striker Fred lead the line and his lack of pace and ability meant that the football Brazil played was uninspiring throughout the tournament in their home country.
However, Tite now plays players in form which surely increases their chances of becoming world champions.
Ironically, this could mean trouble for Gabriel Jesus, who was so important for Brazil in qualifying once Tite took over.
It is Roberto Firmino who comes into the tournament in better form and might be preferred for the lone striker role…
9: Tite’s tactical nous
Since being appointed Brazil manager in June 2016, Tite has proved his worth and the team has improved.
Under the previous manager Dunga, Brazil played boring, unattractive football at the Copa América Centenario in the USA, crashing out in the group stages to Peru and Ecuador.
Tite’s team play a very cohesive style of football which has worked effectively and has led to good results.
He has proven he knows how to get the best out of their best players with a solid formation freeing up the stars which can only improve their chances of World Cup glory in Russia.
10: Best in the business?
Any side that wins the World Cup needs to have a great goalkeeper and Brazil undoubtedly have that.
AS Roma’s Alisson has had an unbelievable breakthrough season in Europe which has helped his club side to their first European Cup Semi Final since 1984.
Alisson did not miss a single minute of Serie A or Champions League action keeping 20 clean sheets in the process which has led to him being linked with moves to huge European clubs this summer.
Manchester City’s Ederson has been phenomenal in his debut Premier League season as well but he can’t even get a look in at international level due to the performances of Alisson.
Recent Golden Glove World Cup winners Iker Casillas, Gianluigi Buffon and Manuel Neuer prove if you have a great goalkeeper you have a great chance, and if Brazil have one thing it is a goalkeeper of that stature.