Brazil have made it through to the last 16 of the World Cup after beating Serbia 2-0 at the Otkrytie Arena. The five-time world champions began their campaign with a stutter but by the time they took to the field against Serbia – also contenders to qualify on the night – they were looking much more like their usual selves. The football was fast, fruitful and flowing – and suddenly fellow challengers for this year’s World Cup crown may be fancying a draw away from the South Americans for as long as possible. Neymar put in easily his best performance of the summer so far, and helped to inspire Brazil to the top of Group E.
The national teams have handed the squad lists for the upcoming World Cup: they are not all definitive yet, but it is already certain that some of Serie A’s most recognizable player have missed the cut.
Alex Sandro: the Juventus left back has had a seesawing season, but he is one of the best in his position on his day. However, Tite picked Filipe Luis, who is coming off an injury, as Marcelo back-up in Russia. Continue reading
Following on from last week’s look at Germany’s approach to this summer’s World Cup, we will now be taking a look at one of the tournament’s other favourites – South American outfit Brazil.
The five-time world champions disappointed while hosting the previous tournament in 2014, crashing out to Germany in the semi-finals. The disappointment didn’t necessarily stem from them “only” reaching the semis of course – though most were expecting them to win – but that disappointment came largely from the manner of their exit. That was a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of eventual winners Germany, and for that to occur on Brazilian soil was almost unthinkable. Continue reading