ONE OF THE BEST
Brazil come into the World Cup 2014 as one of the strongest teams in the competition. They did extremely well in 2013 and also lifted the Confederations Cup, which acts like the precursor for the World Cup. However, they are not without their problems as they are not exactly strong up front.
Luiz Felipe Scolari has been looking at a number of strikers in the last few months, but it looks like they will go into the tournament with a striker conundrum still intact.
The nation are likely to go back to one of the former strikers Adriano, who recently returned to playing football. The former Inter Milan man has not been playing for the national team since 2010, while he also played his first competitive match in almost 2 years for Atletico Paranaense. He came on as a substitute in a 1-0 win for the club. Scolari has not failed to rule out the striker being selected for national team duty, but he says that it is a longshot. The former Chelsea boss says that he will not rule out any player capable of representing Brazil.
Brazil are looking to get Diego Costa, who is also eligible to play for Spain, before the start of the tournament.
"There are lots of stories. Everybody lobbies for one player or another. We all do it when we want a player to do well. There are some that haven't played for some years. I am looking at everything. But I have to make my observations in accordance with a series of factors, not just one. That's not true. You don't talk about whether a player is fit if it's clearly not the case," said Scolari regarding Adriano's future and also rumours that he spoke with Atletico Paranaense's football director Antonio Lopes about Adriano.