Brazil World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide
Initially struggling Brazil were down in sixth place with three games played – things turned around when Tite replaced Dunga as coach, Brazil eventually turned group winners. Brazil lead by Tite then put together 10 wins and two draws to seal their place at the 2018 World Cup with four rounds to spare. Brazil are seen as one of the favorites to win the tournament. However, question marks remain over the team’s temperament and psychology, particularly that of Neymar. Against Ecuador he was over-concerned with drawing fouls and a routine game became a tense occasion. He lost control, picked up a yellow card for a crude foul and missed four games through suspension. no doubt Brazil remains a top dog in the competion but Tite on the other hand needs to work on the teams psycology.
Brazil World Cup Group
Brazil is placed in Group E alongside tough to beat Switzerland, Costa Rica and Yong and vibrant Serbia.
Brazil World Cup Fixtures
Brazil open their tournament with a though game against a stubborn Switzerland team on the 17th of June. Five days later they play Costa Rica, and then Serbia in subsequent five days.
17th June – Switzerland
22nd June- Costa Rica
27th June – Serbia
Coming into his peak years, Neymar is full of dazzling improvisation at pace and is a constant threat. Providing he can keep his head, this World Cup could be his tournament.
Paulinho was a controversial recall, but Tite is well aware of his virtues from their time together at Corinthians.
Brazil World Cup Squad
Final World Cup Squad –
GOALKEEPERS: Ederson (Man City), Alisson (Roma), Cassio (Corinthians)
DEFENDERS: Danilo (Man City), Fagner (Corinthians), Marcelo (R. Madrid), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Thiago Silva (PSG), Marquinhos (PSG), Miranda (Inter Milan) Pedro Geromel (Gremio).
MIDFIELDERS: Fernandinho (Man City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (R. Madrid), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea), Douglas Costa (Juventus), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk).
FORWARDS: Neymar Jr. (PSG), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Man City), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk),
Tite -25 May 1961 (age 57)
Probable Starting XI
Alisson, Marcelo, Silva, Miranda, Danilo, Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Coutinho, Neymar, Jesus
Brazil World Cup Injuries
Neymar fractured his metatarsal for Paris Saint Germain and it is questionable whether he will be 100% fit by June.
Dani Alves has been ruled out of the tournament after he suffered a knee injury while playing for PSG in the french cup final