The first ever winter World Cup begins on Sunday 20 November, as host nation Qatar take on Ecuador to kickstart the road to the final on Sunday 18 December.Five-time winners Brazil have not won the World Cup for 20 years - since the generation led by Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho triumphed in Japan & South Korea - and the Selecao were knocked out in the quarter-finals last time out by Belgium in 2018.
They are the top seeds in Group G, alongside Switzerland, Cameroon and Serbia. Switzerland and Serbia both finished top of their respective qualifying groups against the odds - beating Italy and Portugal respectively to top spot - while Cameroon beat Algeria in a play-off via a dramatic Karl Toko Ekambi winner in the last minute of extra-time.
At the 2018 World Cup, Switzerland finished second in their group - when they also faced Brazil and Serbia - before losing 1-0 to Sweden in the last-16.
Serbia came third in the group after a pivotal 2-1 loss to Switzerland, while Cameroon did not qualify for Russia but were also drawn with Brazil in 2014, where they lost all three matches. Here is everything you need to know about Group G:Brazil, Switzerland, Cameroon and Serbia make up Group G.Al Wakrah (Al Janoub Stadium), Lusail (Lusail Iconic Stadium), Doha (Stadium 974)All times GMT.Thursday 24 NovemberSwitzerland vs Cameroon - 10:00Brazil vs Serbia - 19:00Monday 28 November Cameroon vs Serbia - 10:00 Brazil vs Switzerland - 16:00 Friday 2 DecemberCameroon vs Brazil - 19:00Serbia vs Switzerland - 19:00 Neymar will be Brazil’s star man once again in Qatar Brazil are the natural and obvious favourties to top this group, up against three sides who they have encountered in either 2014 - Cameroon - or 2018, when they faced bothRead more on independent.co.uk