In his book ‘Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life’, Alex Bellos describes how, for a footballer, being Brazilian is a brand. Even at the top echelons of the game, people confer extra gravitas on a Brazilian footballer, so strong is the association with the likes of Pele, Garrincha, Zico, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Socrates and many, many others.
For Brazil, planning for next year’s World Cup is already well underway. Tite called four players into the squad for the first time for October qualifiers against Bolivia and Chile. Friendlies against Japan, England, Germany and Russia are all in the pipeline as the coach looks to fine tune his side and decide the last few places in his squad.
Brazil boss Tite has named his squad for October qualifiers against Bolivia and Chile in October, with a host of Premier League names called. Brazil travel to La Paz to play Bolivia on 5th October, before finishing off their qualification campaign against Chile in São Paulo on 10th October.
Neymar's two year reign is over, the Samba d'Or found a new champion for 2016 with Liverpool's attacking midfielder, Philippe Coutinho, who wins it for the first time in his career.
Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City’s multimillion pound signing, paid a visit to the club this week and enjoyed dinner with Pep Guardiola and Brazilian teammates Fernandinho and Fernando. The 19-year-old Brazilian, fresh from helping Palmeiras to their first championship for 22 years, also toured City’s training and youth facilities as he prepares to move to English football in January.
As it is every year, Sambafoot allows you to vote for the Brazilian player that impressed you the most in 2016.
When Tite assumed the reins of the Seleção in September, he undertook a troubled squad. Brazil sat 6th in CONMEBOL qualifying, one place outside of the playoff spot. Less than 3 months later, the team have won all six games under his tutelage, conceding a solitary goal- an own goal- in the process. They now enjoy a four point cushion at the top of the group with qualification all but guaranteed. So how has Tite reversed Brazil’s ailing fortunes from the Dunga era? Here are 5 changes he has made to improve Brazil’s lot.
Prior to Tuesday night’s game in Lima, Tite said that Brazil needed ‘to learn how to suffer.’ Everything has gone swimmingly for his side under his tutelage to this point and good teams build resolve in adversity. The coach almost sounded disappointed in the wake of the 3-0 mauling of Argentina on Thursday when he said that he had expected the game to be harder. Confidence is high, but confidence is also at its most fragile at its zenith.
Brazil flew to Lima on Sunday but given their recent fortunes, they probably could have floated there. With five wins in five under Tite, including Thursday night’s sound 3-0 thrashing of Argentina, spirits are high. However, complacency could be the Seleção’s biggest enemy as they face Peru. In the wake of Brazil’s crushing Superclasico victory, Tite’s tone was circumspect. He said that his team “need to learn to suffer.”
Brazil take on Argentina in Belo Horizonte on Thursday night, with both teams in very different shape. Having swept to Olympic gold in August, the Seleção have won all four of their qualifiers since new manager Tite took the reins. But while Brazil sit at the top of the CONMEBOL standings, Argentina currently sit in 6th place, outside of the playoff spot.
Brazil climbed to the top of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying table with a comfortable 2-0 win over Venezuela in Mérida last night, maintaining Tite’s 100% record since he took the reins of the Seleção. With Colombia and Uruguay drawing in Barranquilla and Argentina falling to another limp defeat against Paraguay, the picture for Brazil is unrecognisable compared to a few months ago.
Brazil face Venezuela in Mérida this evening, looking to consolidate their status in the CONMEBOL qualifying spots. In fact, with current table toppers Uruguay playing away to Colombia earlier in the evening, the Seleção could conceivably rise to first in the standings if Uruguay do not win. This is quite the turnaround considering Brazil were 6th- outside of the playoff place- back in August when Tite took the reins. But it also illustrates just how tight the CONMEBOL table is.
In September qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia, Brazil showed their resilience under new boss Tite. They fought and won impressively against Ecuador in the altitude of Quito. Chile’s 3-0 defeat at the same stadium last night emphasised what an excellent result that was. They then duly dominated an in form Colombia side in Manaus, winning 2-1 but in reality, the gap between the teams was significantly larger on the night.
Having taken a crucial and very creditable six points from September qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia, Brazil could not have asked for two more generous fixtures than Bolivia at home and Venezuela away in October. In a tight, fiercely contested CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying group, both games represent the closest thing to a gimme.
Brazil claimed a vital three points in World Cup qualification by defeating Colombia 2-1 in Manaus last night. Brazil are the only CONMEBOL nation to take 6 points from this round of fixtures, moving them from 6th to 2nd in a very tightly contested table. Argentina and Chile were held to draws by Venezuela and Bolivia respectively, sweetening the taste of a well deserved victory in the Amazon, after a dominant performance.
Brazil face Colombia in the Arena Amazônia in Manaus on Tuesday night, off the back of a superb 3-0 win over Ecuador in Quito last week. Tite enjoyed an emphatic victory for his first game in charge of the Seleção, whilst debutant Gabriel Jesús won a penalty and scored twice to top off a dream first cap. The victory was an enormously crucial one for Brazil, given that only four points separate the top 7 in the CONMEBOL qualifying table.
A Neymar penalty and two excellent strikes from Gabriel Jesús gave Brazil a consummate 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Ecuador in Quito last night; the Seleção’s first win in the city since 1983. It was an impressive way to kick start the Tite era for Brazil as they aim to get their World Cup qualification campaign back on track. With Argentina marginally defeating Uruguay and Chile losing to Paraguay in Asuncion, only two points separate Paraguay in 6th place (outside of the playoff spots) and Argentina in first.
Brazil face Germany in the Maracanã tomorrow in search of the hitherto elusive gold medal for football. Winning the gold for football has become a fairly recent obsession for the world’s most storied international side. Having won every other bauble available to them on multiple occasions, bagging an ‘ouro’ for the sport that is so closely identified with the projection of their national identity across the globe has become a mission.
Brazil face Honduras in the semi-final of the Olympic games on Wednesday in the Estádio Maracanã, as Rogerio Micale’s teams stand on the precipice of a second consecutive Olympic final. The Seleção are in search of their first ever gold medal for soccer and where better to do it than Rio de Janeiro and the citadel of Brazilian football, the Maracanã. But they will have to negotiate a tricky tie with Honduras in Rio first.
Brazil opened their Olympic campaign by stuttering to a disappointing 0-0 draw against South Africa in Brasília last night.
Brazil tumbled out of the Copa América last night, their first group stage elimination in the tournament since 1987. The Seleção only needed a draw against Peru to top the group, but conspired to lose the game in controversial circumstances, as they fell 1-0 to Ricardo Gareca’s young side. The result surely leaves Dunga’s job hanging by a thread. During his second reign at the helm of the Brazil side, they have struggled in their World Cup qualifying group and been consigned to embarrassing exits at consecutive Copa Américas.
Brazil v Peru Preview - Copa America 2016
Whether Brazil would defeat Haiti was not the question for Dunga and the Seleção in Orlando. The barometer for a satisfactory evening would always be set by the margin of victory and the panache with which it was achieved. In both respects, the manager and his team passed this examination with flying colours. It is true that Haiti are among the weakest sides in the competition, but they had only conceded six goals in their last 5 outings.
Brazil drew their opening Copa América match 0-0 with Ecuador in Pasadena on Saturday evening.
Dunga has elected an experimental squad for this summer’s Copa América in the USA. Dunga grappled with Barcelona for some months for the release of captain Neymar for the competition.
In his press conference on Monday, Dunga (correctly) pointed out that even the great Seleção teams of yesteryear have often struggled to qualify from CONMEBOL’s qualification league. Years in which Brazil have gone onto win the tournament have been preceded by subpar qualification campaigns, salvaged on the final match day. Dunga is also correct to say this might be the toughest CONMEBOL qualifying round yet.
Gabriel Paulista has been in England for over a year now. Since the New Year, he has forced his way into the Gunners starting eleven ahead of Per Mertesacker. He was not included in Dunga’s most recent Brazil squad for qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay, but the Arsenal defender tells Sambafoot, that his international ambitions remain as strong as ever.
Brazil coach Carlos Dunga announced his squad for the next two games of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay.
Paris Saint Germain’s Brazilian captain Thiago Silva thinks his ex Milan teammate Alexandre Pato can be a good signing for Chelsea. Pato joined Chelsea on loan from Corinthians in January and has yet to make his debut, as he still searches for fitness.
In 2014, Brazil, who were the favourites to win the competition for the fifth time in their history, fell short of the football world’s expectations.
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