Brazil, the Favorites, Out to End Long World Cup Drought
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Brazil’s last World Cup triumph, which is also the most recent victory for a South American nation. Western European sides have dominated the tournament, supplying four different winners in Italy (2006), Spain (2010), Germany (2014) and France (2018). Brazil has only reached one semi-final in the last four World Cups, and that was the scene of their most ignominious defeat in more than half a century: a 7-1 loss to Germany on home soil in 2014.
Brazil continues to produce world-class players, however, in recent decades it has been lagging behind Europe on an international basis. At the 2022 World Cup later this year, the Selecao will be determined to add a sixth star to their jersey. Brazil is currently the favourite to win the trophy, although it’s still six months before the Qatar tournament gets underway.
In an ideal world Tite’s team would have been preparing for the kickoff and putting themselves to the test against European giants. The introduction of the UEFA Nations League made it harder for South American nations to host friendlies against European counterparts. Brazil will face South Korea, Japan, and England this month, as the Germans, France, England and France are all tied.
The Selecao breezed through CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, finishing top of the 10-team table with 45 points from a possible 51 (in September, Brazil and Argentina will replay a qualifier that was abandoned last year). They scored 40 goals and conceded only five. There has been some disappointment of late, not least their defeat by Argentina in the final of the 2021 Copa America, but Brazil looks to be in excellent shape right now.
South Korea Looking To Break Through World Cup Wall
The 2002 World Cup that Brazil won was co-hosted by Japan and South Korea. The Koreans are just as fondly remembered for the event. Guus Hiddink and Turkey were among the surprises of that World Cup, reaching the semi-finals only to lose to Germany.
This was the first tournament in which the Taeguk Warriors reached the knockout stage. They have been back only once since. Seven of South Korea’s nine World Cup appearances have been in the group stage. They will strive to break this record, beginning in Qatar next year.
South Korea has been selected to be the host of the tournament. They were also invited by Uruguay, Ghana, and Portugal. While the South American and European representatives are likely to be the most successful, no one is going to take South Korea lightly. In Son Heung-min they have one of the best forwards on the planet, while they only conceded three goals in 10 qualifiers.
The main worry about the national team’s performance is whether Son will be able to score. South Korea will require the help of Cho Guesung, HwangUi-jo, and HwangHee-chan if they are to make it to the knockout stages for the third consecutive time.
Brazil Needs to Win But Brazil Must Be Too Strong
International friendlies are difficult because the outcome is often not all that important. These games are often used by managers as an opportunity for experimentation, so they won’t be too upset if the team does well but is not victorious. South Korea’s manager Paulo Bento is going to be watching how his team responds to facing the top teams around the globe.
South Korea has home advantage, as this match will take place at Seoul World Cup Stadium. Son, who recently shared the Premier League’s top scoring award with Mohamed Salah is at the best of his career. South Korea must at least score in front of a large crowd, which will be likely to include many from the capital.
It will not be easy to avoid defeat. Brazil has a lot of talent, even without Vinicius Junior and Alisson Becker. Support Tite to win the game that features goals from both sides.
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How to Watch South Korea vs Brazil
South Korea vs Brazil Information Teams South Korea vs Brazil Location Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea Time Thursday, 2 June 2022, 7. 00 AM EDT How to watch beIN Sports