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Brazil's revenge must come in Russia

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Brazil are more than Neymar as Selecao seek to avenge 2014 woe

Brazil have won a record-breaking five World Cups. Can Tite's men make it six in Russia?
The ESPN FC panel are joined by Raf Honigstein to dissect Brazil's chances of winning the World Cup following the release of their 23-man squad.
After humiliation on home soil for Brazil in 2014, Ian Darke and ESPN's expert panel feel redemption could be in the cards for Neymar and company.
Neymar will have help in Russia. Meet the players who can carry him and Brazil all the way to the final in Moscow.
Ian Darke leads the ESPN panel in predicting the 2018 World Cup winner with names of Germany, Brazil, France and England among the list.

The 2018 World Cup is just over a month away, and all 32 teams are preparing in earnest for their shot at the trophy in Russia. ESPN FC is previewing every team ahead of the opening game on June 14. Find all 32 teams here.

Who they are

Captain: Neymar
Manager: Tite
Nickname: Canarinho
FIFA rank (as of April 12, 2018): 2

How they qualified

Qualification began when Dunga was coach, and Brazil were not playing good soccer. When the coach was sacked, the team was in sixth place and...



Brazil will miss Dani Alves at World Cup given importance of right-back role

Brazil have won a record-breaking five World Cups. Can Tite's men make it six in Russia?
The ESPN FC panel are joined by Raf Honigstein to dissect Brazil's chances of winning the World Cup following the release of their 23-man squad.
PSG's Unai Emery offers words of encouragement for Dani Alves, after the Brazilian football federation confirmed the right back will miss the World Cup.
After humiliation on home soil for Brazil in 2014, Ian Darke and ESPN's expert panel feel redemption could be in the cards for Neymar and company.

Statistics don't win football matches, per se, but they do tell you a lot about what takes place on and off the pitch.

Since manager Tite took over in June 2016, Brazil have played 19 games. Daniel Alves missed only five of them, and three of those matches were friendlies in which only domestic-based players took part; he was suspended for Paraguay's visit to Sao Paulo for the South American qualifiers on March 2017, and sat on the bench earlier this year during a friendly against Japan four...

 By Chris Wright

PSG, Brazil star Neymar's ad shoot with girlfriend Bruna Marquezine

While an ankle injury may have kept him out of action for the last month or so, Neymar is still in decent enough shape to keep up with his commercial obligations.

The PSG star was deemed fit enough to star in a new Dia dos Namorados campaign for fashion retailers C&A alongside on-off-on-again girlfriend, model and actress Bruna Marquezine.

For the record, Dia dos Namorados is essentially the Brazilian equivalent of Valentine's Day and celebrated in June, on the eve of Saint Anthony's Day -- the...

 By Chris Wright

Brazil's 2018 World Cup squad call-up sparks unbridled joy in Fagner household

With the tournament just one month away, Brazil announced their 23-man World Cup squad on Monday.

Sadly, an untimely injury means that Dani Alves will miss out of representing his country at a third World Cup, thus opening up a right-back berth for one of his understudies.

Indeed, it was Corinthians defender Fagner who claimed Alves' vacated spot, and the moment the 28-year-old found out he was going to Russia with the Selecao was a moment of pure joy.

Brilliant.

Head coach Tite's decision to call...

 By Tim Vickery

Brazil's World Cup 23-man squad contains few surprises beyond timing

Brazil have won a record-breaking five World Cups. Can Tite's men make it six in Russia?
The ESPN FC panel are joined by Raf Honigstein to dissect Brazil's chances of winning the World Cup following the release of their 23-man squad.
After humiliation on home soil for Brazil in 2014, Ian Darke and ESPN's expert panel feel redemption could be in the cards for Neymar and company.

No flimflam and no messing around: Why bother naming a pre-list of 35 if you are ready to go straight to the final squad of 23? That is the Brazil way. Twenty years ago, on the day the France '98 squad was announced, then-coach Mario Zagallo went further; he even announced his starting XI to take on Scotland in the opening game of the World Cup.

Current boss Tite didn't go that far on Monday afternoon when he announced his squad for Russia. But after the results his team have accumulated, and the...

Brazil's Dani Alves missing the World Cup would be a nightmare for Tite

After humiliation on home soil for Brazil in 2014, Ian Darke and ESPN's expert panel feel redemption could be in the cards for Neymar and company.

The possibility of Dani Alves missing the World Cup is not just bad news for the Brazilian right-back. Among Tite's most trusted players, the Paris Saint-Germain man is more than just a guaranteed starter. He is a leader, captain, role model, key figure for Neymar and has many other attributes that are valued by the coach, who is set to name his squad on Monday.

According to his spokesman, Alves suffered "a high detachment of the anterior cruciate ligament with posterolateral sprain." The right...