Date of Birth: September 22, 1984
Position: Centre back
Widely regarded as the best central defender in the world, Brazil national team captain Thiago Silva has gone “under the radar” in terms of publicity ever since his move to Paris Saint Germain. In spite of niggling injuries that have bothered him now and again, he has continued to perform well enough to cement his place as the best in the world. In Brazil, Silva will not just be a leader by name, but will also need to lead by example. Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has chosen a squad that is suited more to a game-plan which is based primarily on defense and counter attack. Brazil, on paper, have the best defense among all the favourites going into the tournament – so this should serve them well.