[World Cup] Key Player Review: Brazil – Oscar

His form has dipped at club level, but for Brazil, Oscar has consistently been excellent, particularly since Felipe Luiz Scolari took charge for a second time.

He’s slightly unusual for a South American playmaker—quick with his movements and extremely tactically disciplined, and he’s perfect for this counter-attacking Brazilian side.

While Brazil’s No. 10s are usually the star attraction, Oscar’s major job is to facilitate the attacking moves of others.

He drifts laterally to allow either Neymar or Hulk to cut inside and shoot without sacrificing the side’s overall width, and his clever darts can open up space for Paulinho’s bursts into attack, too.

Oscar can star himself—nine goals in 31 caps is a great record for a midfielder—but he’s more about bringing the best out of others.

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