July 22, 2012 by backofthenetjl
A Tactical look at the Samba Stars.
A very young goalkeeper in the Brazil Side, only 22 and only been capped twice by his country. Nevertheless, he is a very good shotstopper and is seen as the long-term successor for Julio Cesar. Brazil love to play the ball out from the back and he will swiftly act as a sweeper-keeper.
Rafael da Silva:
Rafael has improved vastly over the past few years and is a very adventurous full-back. He will try to get forward as much as possible and join up with the attack, he will be an influential player for the Brazilians.
A powerful and explosive full-back who is establishing himself as one of the world’s top defenders, Silva is a fantastic reader of the game and comfortable on the ball. Now a PSG player, Silva will look to start off any Brazil attacks and therefore be a key player.
Juan is a very versatile defender, who can play as a left-back as will as deputize in central defence. He currently plies his trade for Inter Milan, Only 21, he has already been likened to fellow Inter and Brazilian defender Lucio and this tournament will show it.
Despite only being 24, Marcelo is seen as one of the more experienced members of this youthful squad. Comparisons have been drawn to Roberto Carlos, who admitted that Marcelo is technically better than him. He will always burst down the left-flank with pace and precision and it seems incredibly frightening for any right-back playing against Brazil, as dealing with Neymar and Marcelo down the left is a difficult task.
Sandro is not your typical Brazilian midfielder, he isn’t the most technically gifted of players and doesn’t possess much of an attacking threat. But what he does bring to the side is protection, he will sit and anchor the midfield and snuff out anything that comes his way, strong and fearless, he’ll be involved in some key battle’s with oppositions playmaker’s.
I recently completed a scout report on Oscar and believe he is one of the most exciting youngsters around. He and Lucas will be the 2 players who will look to unlock opposition defences. He poses a major threat with his long range shooting and his excellent vision, a very important player.
A very skilful player, who will look to provide good quality service for striker Leandro Damiao, he is full of tricks and his playmaker skills are a danger for the meanest of defences. He’ll look to fill in between the lines, behind the midfield and infront of the defence and slide through a few killer passes.
Hulk is one of the most wanted players in world football. He can change games in a split second, he will bomb down the right hand side as much as he can. He won’t just go the outside of a defender though, Hulk can always rely on his natural ability to cut inside and fire shots at goal, he can strike shots from distance and has a thunderbolt of a left-foot, a possible contender for top goalscorer if given space on the right.
The most promising prodigy around, as complete as a player can get. He has blistering pace, phenomenal ball control, dazzling feet and top class finishing. He is seen as the most naturally gifted player at the moment. He is vital in this Brazil side due to his outstanding attributes, has a big future ahead in the game and will be able to showcase his ability in England for a few weeks, one to lookout for.
Damiao is a terrific striker, who has been linked with a host of Premier League striker, He is a rather old-fashioned centre-forward who spearheads the attacks. He offers Brazil a different option as he is the ideal striker in a direct approach to the game. He can however, produce the same level of performance when he adopts a more attractive style of play. He always has an eye for goal, he has good movement and clinical finishing and will always look to feed from the likes of Hulk, Neymar, Lucas and Oscar, a player looking to make an impression at the tournament, possibily prompting a big club to snap him up.