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Group G features the World Cup’s most iconic team – five-time champions Brazil – as well as battle-hardened European teams Serbia and Switzerland, and is rounded out by the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. A Selecao are not only the group favourites, but one of the overall contenders for the title, leaving the remaining evenly-matched trio to scrap over who will be joining the South American heavyweights in progressing to the knockout phase.
Brazil / Nickname: A Selecao / Previous World Cup appearances: 21 / Best World Cup performance: Champions 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 & 2002 / World Cup record: P109 W73 D18 L18 GF229 GA105.
Serbia / Nickname: The Eagles / Previous World Cup appearances: 12 (including Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro) / Best World Cup performance: Fourth place 1962 / World Cup record: P46 W18 D8 L20 GF66 GA63.
Switzerland / Nickname: Rossocrociati / Previous World Cup appearances: 11 / Best World Cup performance: Quarterfinals 1934, 1938 and 1954 / World Cup record: P37 W12 D8 L17 GF50 GA64.
Cameroon / Nickname: The Indomitable Lions / Previous World Cup appearances: 7 / Best World Cup performance: Quarterfinals 1990 / World Cup record: P23 W4 D7 L12 GF18 GA43.
Players to watch
Neymar – After injury in 2014 and disappointment in 2018, Neymar will be hoping Qatar 2022 is the tournament in which his incredible talent leads Brazil back to the summit of world football.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – The Fulham striker has a brilliant record of 50 goals from 76 senior international appearances, and he will be key to Serbia’s hopes at Qatar 2022.
Granit Xhaka – The hard-running midfielder remains something of a hot-head, but is enjoying a great season for Arsenal and will look to carry that form into the World Cup for Switzerland.
Vincent Aboubakar – Cameroon’s captain and leading scorer will aim to spearhead a fine showing at Qatar 2022, as the African side looks to avoid a sixth straight exit in the group stage.
Team to watch
Brazil – As five-time World Cup winners, Brazil head to every major tournament with a weight of expectation on them. However, this particular team seems to be embracing the challenge of trying to return A Selecao to the top of the tree, and their form in recent times has been absolutely brilliant. They have world-class talent throughout and the maverick genius of Neymar is the cherry on top of a fantastic football cake.
“We have more options in terms of players and our game plan,” Brazil coach Tite said. “We have different models and have made adjustments to players’ preparations. That has made a significant difference. Whoever is in will be deciding the match, all have to be prepared. Every match might require a different characteristic.”
Thursday 24 November
12:00: Switzerland v Cameroon
21:00: Brazil v Serbia
Monday 28 November
12:00: Cameroon v Serbia
18:00: Brazil v Switzerland
Friday 2 December
21:00: Serbia v Switzerland
21:00: Cameroon v Brazil
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