Brazil's World Cup squad 2022: Who is in, out, and why?

Brazil's World Cup squad 2022: Who is in, out, and why?

Sospeter Itolondo
updated at August 9, 2023 at 9:30 AM

Brazil's World Cup squad is one of the strongest going into the 2022 World Cup. The team has great stars such as Neymar and Vinicius, who have proven themselves in the various leagues they have played. One surprising event in the naming of the squad is the return of Dani Alves to the side. Explore who is in, out and why in Brazil's team.

Brazil's World Cup squad
Players of Team Brazil stand for the national anthem prior to the Men's Quarter Final against Egypt on day eight of the Tokyo Olympic Games at Saitama Stadium. Photo: Masashi Hara
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Brazil has some of the best stars in world football and is never short of footballing talent. They are full of high-performing athletes from the defence to the attack representing high-performing clubs worldwide. Here is what Brazil's squad for the 2022 World Cup looks like.



World Cup wins


Top scorer

Ronaldo Nazario




Thiago Silva

Brazil's World Cup squad

The club has one of the best squads coming to the World Cup. All their players are high-performing stars playing in top leagues.

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Manchester City



Brazil World Cup squad for 2022
Alisson Becker of Liverpool celebrates his teams first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Photo: Chloe Knott
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Thiago Silva



Paris Saint-Germain



Eder Militao

Real Madrid

Alex Telles


Alex Sandro




Dani Alves




Manchester United

Lucas Paqueta

West Ham United




Manchester United

Everton Ribeiro


Bruno Guimaraes

Newcastle United

Who plays for the Brazilian national team?
Casemiro of Manchester United reacts during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on November 10, 2022 in Manchester, England. Photo: Lewis Storey
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Paris Saint-Germain


Tottenham Hotspur

Vinicius Junior

Real Madrid


Manchester United




Real Madrid



Gabriel Jesus


Gabriel Martinelli


The team is one of the most balanced in the tournament and has been compared at times with the phenomenon 2002 Brazil World Cup squad that bagged the trophy.

Who is the captain of the Brazil national team in this World Cup?
Thiago Silva plays the ball during the UEFA Champions League group E match against FC Salzburg at Football Arena Salzburg on October 25, 2022 in Salzburg, Austria. Photo: Sebastian Widmann
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Who missed Brazil’s World Cup call-up?

Some notable names missed the call-up, leaving fans wondering. Others even criticized the players selected in their place, saying they did not deserve the spots. The most notable name missing was Liverpool star Roberto Firmino.

However, the manager cleared up the air on why he chose some of the players, as in the case of Gabriel Martinelli. In an interview, he said,

"We like Martinelli's aggressiveness. He’s one of the top players at Arsenal, the first placed team in the Premier League. He's good in one-v-ones, he's very rapid in transitions and he's been playing at a consistently good level."
Brazil World Cup squad list 2022
Roberto Firmino of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield on November 12, 2022 in Liverpool, England. Photo: John Powell
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Some of the players who were left out of the Brazil team include:

  • Gabriel Barbosa
  • Gabriel Magalhaes
  • Emerson Royal
  • Douglas Luiz
  • Andreas Pereira
  • Renan Lodi
  • Matheus Cunha
  • Philippe Coutinho
  • Roger Ibanez
  • Roberto Firminho

Who is the captain of the Brazil national team in this World Cup?

Thiago Silva will captain Brazil in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Chelsea defender has had an impressive run in the Premier League, garnering praise everywhere. What impresses people the most is that he is 38 years of age and still performing at a high level.

Is Neymar playing in this World Cup?

Neymar is definitely playing in the 2022 World Cup, especially after being included in the squad. He has played two tournaments before and has reiterated that this may be his third and last. In an interview, the talented star stated,

"I can't guarantee that I'll play another World Cup. I honestly don't know. I'll play like it's the last. Maybe I'll play another one, maybe not. It depends. There's going to be a coaching change and I don't know if that coach will like me."
Is Neymar playing in this World Cup?
Neymar Jr of PSG celebrates his goal during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and ESTAC Troyes at Parc des Princes stadium on October 29, 2022 in Paris, France. Photo: Jean Catuffe
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Brazil's World Cup 2022 jersey

The Brazil jersey is their custom yellow colour with a jaguar print all over and green around the arms and the neck area paired with blue shorts. It has the custom Brazil logo on the left and a Nike Logo on the right. Their away jersey is blue with green around the arms and a jaguar print from the shoulder area to the arms paired with white shorts.

Is Brazil selected for World Cup 2022?

The Brazilian qualified for the World Cup 2022 after successfully winning their matches in the qualifying stage. They are also one of the favourite clubs to win the tournament.

Who is Brazil's current best player?

Neymar is currently Brazil's best player. The PSG star has started the 2022/2023 campaign with a bang after scoring 15 goals and assisting a further 12 in just 20 games this season. Vinicius Junior is a close contender, as he had a phenomenal season with Real Madrid last season and is still showing great qualities.

Who is Brazil's number 11?

Raphinha is Brazil's number 11. The talented winger plays for Barcelona after a successful stint at Leeds United. Like traditional Brazilians, he is known for his flashy moves and flair.

Who plays for the Brazilian national team?
Raphinha of FC Barcelona during the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona v UD Almeria at the Spotify Camp Nou. Photo: David S. Bustamante
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Brazil's World Cup squad is one of the best heading the tournament. The nation has won five tournaments and is the most successful club in the competition, as they always finish somewhere near the top. They hope to lift the trophy for the sixth time despite opposition from other talented teams such as Argentina, Spain, Portugal and Belgium.

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