Former hero Ronaldo backs Brazil to end 16-year wait in Russia

Former hero Ronaldo backs Brazil to end 16-year wait in Russia

For the 2018 World Cup, it's easy to pick out the favourites. Once Tite took over the reigns, the second-ranked team have looked a threatening side.

Neymar, who missed the humiliating match against Germany because of injury, has had to recover from a broken foot that kept him out for three months before the trip to Russian Federation.

So, yeah, Neymar is definitely back.

Despite Brazil's chances looking up, coach Tite remains little-known outside his own country where he has spent almost entire career, coaching more than 10 teams, and including three stints at domestic club Corinthians where he made his name.

After cruising to the semifinal of the 2014 World Cup, they were embarrassed on their home soil by Germany, falling 7-1 after the German side scored four goals in six minutes in the first half.

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Tite's squad is brimming with world class talent, and in Neymar, they possess a player capable of pure magic.

The Paris St Germain forward scored his 55th global goal during the 3-0 win over Austria on Sunday to go level with Romario and sit joint-third in Brazil's all-time scoring charts. Brazil has one of the best training academies in the world that develops fundamentally sound players who impact the game on both offense and defense. "This is his time to shine".

Brazil have won 17 of their 21 games since Tite took over two years ago and lost only once. They were filmed at the team's World Cup training base in Sochi, rushing to cover him in eggs and flour before soaking him with water. The two have exchanged ideas since 2014.

"I don't know the limit of Neymar, " Brazil coach Tite said through an interpreter when asked if his main striker was back at full strength. Now a starter for Roma, the 25-year-old Becker's admirers include Italy great Gianluigi Buffon.

The third option is Tite's most trusted player in the position, Corinthians goalkeeper Cassio. It also holds the record of the best overall performance in World Cup, with a record of 70 victories in 104 matches played. Alisson is one of the most highly rated goalkeepers in Europe and is wanted by Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, per Hugo Cerezo of Marca.

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At the pre-World Cup training camp, Tite chose to move PSG central defender Thiago Silva to Marquinhos' place.

"He still feels pain. this type of injury needs a recovery period of three weeks before going back to the field", he said.

Midfielders: Paulinho, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho, Renato Augusto, Fred, Fernandinho, Willian.

Other attackers like Taison, Douglas Costa and Roberto Firmino will be able to support the team from the bench, and this attacking depth will speak volumes of Brazil's options in attack.

The Brazilians have been drawn in a group with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia, and play the Swiss in their opener in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday.

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