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Roberto Carlos' free kick, 20 years on


Tite has Brazil in an enviable position, but there are five areas for concern

With another round of WC qualifying in the books, the FC panel discuss who looks most impressive at the moment.

Spare a thought for Tite. No, seriously.

Barely a year after taking over a Brazil side on the ropes in the South American World Cup Qualifiers, he has engineered an amazing comeback that has even some of the most cautious commentators in the country daring to mention the side amongst the candidates for the title in Russia next summer.

Even before last Tuesday's match against Colombia in Barranquilla, the Selecao had already guaranteed not only a place in the 2018 World Cup but also put enough distance...

 By Tim Vickery

Road to World Cup: Brazil, Colombia on track, Argentina wobble, Chile panic

Brazil and Colombia settled for a draw that didn't hurt either side on the road to Russia 2018.

After another thrilling night of World Cup qualification in South America, Tim Vickery recaps the state of play in CONMEBOL.

Brazil, Colombia share the spoils

Brazil may have lost their 100 percent record in World Cup qualification under coach Tite, but they had plenty of reasons to be satisfied with a 1-1 draw away to Colombia on Tuesday.

The conditions were difficult in the sweltering afternoon heat of Barranquilla. Brazil's logistics were bizarre: They'd chosen to play Thursday's home game...

 By Chris Wright

Brazil's Neymar and Philippe Coutinho prank Selecao mascot Canarinho

Neymar and Philippe Coutinho were up to no good in Brazil training.
Neymar and Philippe Coutinho were up to no good in Brazil training.

Neymar and Philippe Coutinho are with the Brazil national team, limbering up for a World Cup qualifier against Colombia this coming week.

However, during the pregame training session, the pair set aside a little time to prank the Selecao's official mascot, Canarinho the man-sized canary.

Indeed, Neymar and Coutinho teamed up to topple Canarinho using the oldest trick in the book: a true classic from the playbook of every mischievous schoolboy.

Brazil coach Tite will no doubt be hoping his star...

 By Tim Vickery

Tite tinkers, tests Brazil's mental resolve; Argentina looking slightly lost

Alejandro Moreno and Ross Dyer recap the results from matchday 15 in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.
Alejandro Moreno and Ross Dyer recap the results from matchday 15 in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.

When Tite went into his first game as Brazil's coach exactly a year ago, six rounds had been played in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying and the team were down in sixth place. But even if they had not picked up a single point before his hire, Brazil would still top the table after 15 rounds. Brazil's run of consecutive victories extended to nine with a 2-0 triumph over Ecuador, which puts them an astonishing 11 points clear of the second-placed side, clinching the top spot with three rounds to go.


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Neymar creates lively 'fut mesa' competition during Brazil training

Neymar, Marcelo, Dani Alves and Thiago Silva take to the Brazil changing room for this unique table futsal game.

While some players hone their yoga techniques and others compete against teammates in sprints and still others try to jam as many players as humanly possible into a hotel room, the boys at Brazil have found an inventive new way to keep their skills sharp while on international duty.

Neymar joined Marcelo, Dani Alves and Thiago Silva in a game that the new PSG star has coined "fut mesa," posting a video taken by Filipe Luis on his Instagram account of the four playing keepie-uppie across a circular...

 By John Duerden

Paulinho move to Barcelona adds credibility to Chinese Super League

Guangzhou Evergrande have a one-point lead atop the CSL over Andre Villas-Boas' Shanghai SIPG.
The FC crew discredit Neymar's push for Barcelona to bring in Brazilian teammate Paulinho.

Paulinho arrived in China in 2015 with a need to reinvent himself after an underwhelming spell with Tottenham Hotspur. Two years and two months later, the Brazilian is leaving Guangzhou Evergrande for Barcelona. That simple fact is, for Asian football, historic.

The Chinese Super League (CSL) has been painted as a semi-retirement home for unambitious and greedy South Americans and Europeans. This transfer shows that there may be more to it than that.

"Losing Paulinho is a loss for Evergrande, but...