Brazil FIFA 18 World Cup guide, squad, player ratings, tactics, formation & tips

Perhaps the favourites for World Cup glory this summer, but can you lift a sixth trophy with Brazil on FIFA 18?


Brazil hold the most World Cup victories with five, and few would bet against the Selecao claiming another crown this summer in Russia. There was much hype ahead of their home World Cup four years ago, but the 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semifinals knocked the entire nation.

This time around, they are again amongst the favourites, but there is a bit more steel about the Brazil side. The mercurial talents of Neymar and Philippe Coutinho are balanced out by the discipline of Casemiro and Paulinho, and many would agree this is a much more rounded side than the one we saw crumble in Belo Horizonte.

World Cup year also marks a World Cup update for FIFA 18. You will be able to pick any of the 32 teams in Russia and embark on your World Cup journey. Brazil would be a brilliant choice, and RealSport gives you all you need as you head to Russia. 

Team rating

Unsurprisingly, Brazil receive a 5 star rating on FIFA 18, which replicates their 85 overall. This consists of 87 attack, 85 midfield and 86 defence scores.

Brazil’s potential World Cup fixtures

Group Stage

Switzerland

Costa Rica

Serbia

Round of 16

Mexico/Sweden/South Korea

Quarterfinals

Belgium/England/Colombia

Semifinals

Uruguay/Portugal/Spain/France

Final

Germany or Argentina

It’s a superb group stage from Brazil’s standpoint, and they should be eying three comfortable victories to take confidence into the knockouts. Switzerland have proven to be stubborn opposition in the past however, Costa Rica defeated Uruguay & Italy four years ago, and Serbia do have quality throughout the pitch, so don’t get too confident.

If you top the group, the Round of 16 should be straightforward, with the real battles coming in the quarterfinals. You could face any of Belgium, England or Colombia in the last eight, but Brazil’s combination of skill and experience should see them through.

The semifinals will be another tough task, with Spain and France perhaps the first calibre of sides that could defeat the Brazilians. A final against Germany or Argentina is a mouth-watering prospect.

Formation

Brazil use a conventional 4-3-3 holding system, and you should stick with the formation for the World Cup. If you want to go more attacking, opt for a 4-3-3 attack.

Alisson gets the nod in goal, as Dani Alves, Miranda, Thiago Silva and the dangerous Marcelo (89 crossing) set up in an experienced back four.

Casemiro is in defensive midfield, Paulinho operates in a box-to-box role and the silky Philippe Coutinho (92 balance) is the link man to the attack. 

Willian and danger man Neymar (96 dribbling) provide plenty of energy in the wide areas, and the lively Gabriel Jesus leads the line.

On the bench, opt for Ederson, Marquinhos, Filipe Luis, Fernandinho, Renato Augusto, Douglas Costa and Roberto Firmino. 

Tactics

Neymardependencia was the big theme at the World Cup in 2014, and when Neymar left the tournament injured, Brazil fell apart. The team is much stronger nowadays, but you still can’t deny that Neymar is the catalyst in the side.

You need to get the left winger on the ball as much as possible to utilise his dynamic (96 agility) and technical (95 ball control) abilities. To maximise this, on the instructions tab, tell Neymar to ‘stay forward’, ‘cut inside’ and ‘get into box for cross’.

Aside from Neymar, you will want the creative Philippe Coutinho (86 short passing) joining in with things in the final third. The Barcelona man should ‘get forward’ for attacking support, ‘stay on edge of box for cross’, ‘aggressive interceptions’ and most importantly ‘free roam’ for his positioning freedom.Lastly, your full backs hold tremendous technical ability so tell Danilo and Marcelo to ‘always overlap’ for their attacking runs.

With your first four games in the tournament likely to be against significantly weaker opposition, you should opt for an attacking mentality. This will get your players higher up the pitch as you look to overpower your opponents. 

As you go deeper into the tournament, things will become tougher and you can’t afford to be so open. You could reign your full-backs in, or even put the defensive-minded Fernandinho in the starting lineup alongside Casemiro. 

Target number six

Six World Cups would be a tremendous achievement from Brazil, and you feel few teams could match up to them this summer. Their biggest threat is defending World Champions Germany, but with Brazil claiming a 1-0 win over Die Mannschaft back in March, they are now the favourites for glory in Russia. 

Brazil have tasted defeat just once in close to two years, and with their free-flowing, attacking play, they have the capacity to set the tournament alight this summer. 

Brazil squad player ratings

Player

Age

Pos

Club

OVR

Goalkeepers

Alisson

25

GK

Roma

84

Ederson

24

GK

Manchester City

83

Diego Alves

32

GK

Flamengo

82

Weverton

30

GK

Palmeiras

78

Cassio

30

GK

Corinthians

77

Defenders

Marcelo

29

LB

Real Madrid

87

Miranda

33

CB

Inter Milan

87

Dani Alves

35

RB

PSG

86

Thiago Silva

33

CB

PSG

86

Marquinhos

23

CB

PSG

85

Filipe Luis

32

LB

Atletico Madrid

85

Alex Sandro

27

LB

Juventus

84

David Luiz

31

CB

Chelsea

84

Gabriel Paulista

27

CB
RB

Valencia

80

Jemerson

25

CB

Monaco

80

Danilo

26

RB

Manchester City

79

Geromel

32

CB

Gremio

78

Fagner

28

RB

Corinthians

77

Gil

30

CB

Shandong Luneng

76

Midfielders

Paulinho

29

CM
CDM

Barcelona

87

Casemiro

26

CDM

Real Madrid

86

Renato Augusto

30

CAM
CM

Beijing Sinobo Guoan

85

Fernandinho

33

CDM
CM

Manchester City

84

Giuliano

27

CAM
CM

Fenerbahce

83

Oscar

26

CAM
CM

Shanghai SIPG

83

Fabinho

24

CDM

Liverpool

83

Lucas Lima

27

CAM
CM

Palmeiras

82

Fred

25

CM
CDM

Shakhtar

81

Luiz Gustavo

30

CDM
CM

Marseille

81

Diego

33

CAM
CM

Flamengo

80

Attackers

Neymar

26

LW

PSG

93

Philippe Coutinho

25

RW

Barcelona

88

Willian

29

RW

Chelsea

85

Gabriel Jesus

21

ST

Manchester City

85

Roberto Firmino

26

ST

Liverpool

84

Douglas Costa

27

RW
LW

Juventus

83

Hulk

31

RW
ST

Shanghai SPIG

83

Taison

30

LW

Shakhtar

82

Ricardo Oliveira

38

ST

Atletico Mineiro

80

Diego Souza

32

ST

Sao Paulo

78

Luan

25

RW
ST
LW

Gremio

78

Diego Tardelli

33

ST

Shandong Luneng

76

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