Group A: One to watch


We start off our selection in Group A, where little-known Brazilian Bernard Anício Caldeira Duarte, better known as simply Bernard, will look to shine on home soil.


What the tiny, 1.64m-tall winger lacks in height he more than makes up for in pace, energy and hard work.

The 21-year-old has not yet cracked Brazil’s star-studded starting 11, although he has been capped 10 times mainly as a substitute since his debut in November 2012, including two appearances during last year’s successful Confederations Cup.

Bernard is a star in the making, an industrious attacking midfielder or winger of boundless energy, passion and drive who relentlessly tracks opponents in search of the ball. A modern playmaker, the Shakhtar Donetsk man uses speed, creativity, intelligence and good-positioning to both supply and score goals.

Watch out for Bernard coming off the subs’ bench if Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men ever find themselves in a spot of bother during the World Cup.

READ: World Cup Profile: Brazil

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