Brazil announces 2014 World Cup team


Neymar, Thiago Silva, Oscar and Hulk headline a stacked Brazil team set for the 2014 World Cup on home soil.

Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari announced his 23-man World Cup team and there weren't many surprises. Older stars like Ronaldinho and Kaka were left off the squad, but that was expected as Neymar and Oscar have taken control of the Selecao attack.

The World Cup team announcement is always a big deal in Brazil, but with the country hosting the tournament this summer, this was even bigger than normal. The event was a spectacle, with more than 700 accredited journalists and TV stations cutting into programming to show the announcement at a Rio de Janeiro concert hall.

This team will be very different from the one that played at the last World Cup with Julio Cesar, Thiago Silva, Dani Alves, Maicon and Ramies the only holdovers from the squad that played in South Africa. This team does have plenty of continuity and experience together though, with 16 players coming from last year's Confederations Cup winning side.

Scolari has been consistent with his team for more than a year and said he had picked 21 of his 23 players last week. He is expected to start Cesar in goal, with Alves, Silva, David Luiz and Marcelo in defense. Paulinho, Luis Gustavo and Oscar will make up the midfield, with Neymar, Hulk and Fred up front.

Brazil will play the opening match of the 2014 World Cup on June 12 against Croatia. They also have Mexico and Cameroon in their group.

The Selecao already have a record five World Cup titles and are hoping to add a sixth this summer. Considering they are the No. 1-ranked team in the world and playing at home, they are certainly favored to do so.

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atletico Mineiro)

Defenders: David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Henrique (Napoli), Maicon (Roma), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell (Paris Saint-Germain)

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Paulinho (Tottenham), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Hernanes (Inter Milan)

Forwards: Hulk (Zenit St. Petersburg), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Neymar (Barcelona), Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Fred (Fluminense)

More from

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.