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Match Thread: Brazil vs. Uruguay

Brazil vs. Uruguay

November 16, 2018

Emirates Stadium, London, UK

Kickoff: 3:00 PM EDT / 6:00 PM BRT / 8:00 PM GMT

US TV/Streaming: BeIN Sports

Expected Starting Lineup: Alisson; Danilo, Miranda, Marquinhos, Filipe Luís; Walace, Arthur, Renato Augusto; Neymar (C), Roberto Firmino, Douglas Costa.

On The Bench: 

GK: Ederson, Gabriel Brazão

DEF: Fabinho, Dedé, Pablo, Alex Sandro

MID: Allan, Paulinho, Rafinha Alcântara

FWD: Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison

Match Notes:  Continue reading

Tite, Translated

Globo Esporte just posted a lengthy interview with Tite, touching on everything from Brazil’s elimination at the World Cup to the prospects of rising talents like Rodrygo and Vinicius Júnior. Because I figure you’d all like a look inside the head of Brazil’s coach, and because there’s only so long that a picture of Paulinho can grace the front page of the site without driving everyone insane, here is the interview, translated in full.  Continue reading


No. no.

No, no, no.

No. Oh, no.


No, no, no, no, no. No.

No. No.

No. No, no.

Oh, no.


The squad for next month’s friendlies:

GK: Alisson, Ederson, Gabriel Brazão

RB: Danilo, Fabinho

CB: Marquinhos, Miranda, Dedé, Pablo

LB: Marcelo, Filipe Luís

MF: Casemiro, Walace, Allan, Arthur, Paulinho, Coutinho

FW: Neymar, Richarlison, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Douglas Costa, Willian

Christ, Another Callup?

It’s that time again. Already.

On Friday the 26th at, as always, 11 AM Brazil time, Tite will announce the team that will face Uruguay on November 16 and (almost certainly) Cameroon on the 20th. These are our last friendlies until March, so this is the last chance for a while that I’ll have to speculate about what Tite’s planning.

Here’s what I’m expecting:

  • The big news coming out of Brazilian outlets right now is that Napoli’s Allan is likely to finally earn the Brazil call he has long deserved. Tite was in attendance to watch him put in a strong shift against Neymar and PSG on Wednesday night, and considering that every other Brazilian on the pitch is a regular and a known quantity for Brazil, it’s hard to imagine he was there for any other purpose than scoping out Allan.
  • With the Copa Libertadores and Brasileirão both coming down to the wire, the clubs involved will ask Tite not to select any of their players. I don’t know whether or not this means we won’t see any Brazil-based players, but all the most interesting options in the league—like Dudu, Luan, Everton, and Lucas Paquetá—play for teams with a real chance of winning at least one of those titles, so we’re not likely to see any of them.
  • We have to accept that Marcelo’s going to be back. He would have been in the squad for the October games if not for his injury, and he’s been one of the few bright spots for Real Madrid this season. I just hope we see a genuinely new left-back selected to complement him, but I have to figure it’ll either be Filipe Luís or Alex Sandro once again.
  • Who might be on their way out of the squad? I’d have to think Tite will try someone other than Walace—quite possibly Allan—as Casemiro’s backup, while Fred might lose his spot after his poor performance in the October friendlies, along with his disappearance from Manchester United’s starting XI. I’d have to think Gabriel Jesus might miss out as well given his continued poor form and lack of playing time, but he did score against Saudi Arabia. Lucas Moura might not get another shot after being pretty poor in that same game. Danilo is out injured, which creates an interesting dilemma at right back. Pablo struck me as a one-time inclusion, but I’m not sure who might replace him.
  • Who else might come in? With Danilo injured, Éder Militão will likely be selected as a right-back again, opening a spot for someone (I’d guess Thiago Silva) in the center. I’d have to think Douglas Costa will come back after being sorely missed in these last two games. Unfortunately, I think Tite, lacking imagination, will also select Willian on the right wing, in part because these friendlies are being played in London. (Felipe Anderson also plays in London, but I don’t think he’s really on the radar—nor has he put in the sort of performances for West Ham that would put him on the radar.) I really hope we see Willian José given a chance, because it really seems like the setup Tite wants to play requires a tall, strong number 9 of the sort Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, and Richarlison aren’t.
  • Hopefully we’ll see Tite select a U-20 “work experience” player who isn’t a goalie this time—not that they’re likely to see the field. I don’t have a clue who that might be, but considering Alisson, Ederson, and Neto are all in good form, it seems reasonable that they should all be called up.

Here’s my wild stab at what we might see:

GKs: Alisson, Ederson, Neto

DEF: Fabinho, Militão, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pablo, Marcelo, Alex Sandro

MID: Casemiro, Allan, Arthur, Coutinho, Fred, *Mystery U-20 Player*

FW: Neymar, Firmino, Richarlison, Willian José, Douglas Costa, Willian

Match Thread: Brazil vs. Argentina

Brazil vs. Argentina

October 16, 2018

King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Kickoff: 2:00 PM EDT / 3:00 PM BRT / 6:00 PM GMT

US TV/Streaming: BeIN Sports

Expected Starting Lineup: Alisson; Danilo, Miranda, Marquinhos, Filipe Luís; Casemiro, Arthur, Renato Augusto; Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Neymar (C).

Match Notes:  Continue reading

Match Thread: Brazil vs. Saudi Arabia

Brazil vs. Saudi Arabia

October 12, 2018

King Saud University Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Kickoff: 2:00 PM EDT / 3:00 PM BRT / 6:00 PM GMT

US TV/Streaming: BeIN Sports

Expected Starting Lineup: Ederson; Fabinho, Pablo, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Fred, Renato Augusto; Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar (C).

On The Bench: 

GK: Alisson, Phelipe

DEF: Éder Militão, Filipe Luís, Miranda, Danilo

MID: Arthur, Walace

FWD: Richarlison, Lucas Moura, Roberto Firmino, Malcom

Zetona’s Notes And Stuff™:  Continue reading

Tite Announces His Next Squad

Tite will announce the squad for Brazil’s October friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Argentina tomorrow, September 21, at 11 AM Brazil time (10 EST). I’m going to be on the road all day and all weekend, so I’m posting this now.

What should we expect? Well, Tite has promised not to call any players involved in the Copa do Brasil finals, and while the second legs of the semis won’t be settled until next week, we should expect that this will keep out Dedé and Lucas Paquetá. I can’t think of too many other players on Corinthians, Flamengo, Cruzeiro, and Palmeiras who are likely to be affected (maybe Fagner, but surely Fabinho and Éder Militão are pushing him out anyhow)—none were called up for the last round of friendlies, anyhow. We may see a few more players from the likes of Grêmio, since last time Tite agreed to only take at most one player from each team still in contention in the Copa do Brasil at the time.

Ederson should be back, and since Hugo was the U-20 player called up as part of an agreement to give the youth more familiarity with the senior squad, expect him to be the one who makes way.

The knee injury that forced Pedro to be cut from the last squad has turned out to be very serious, and he’ll miss 6-8 months, which likely means that Richarlison and Roberto Firmino will continue up front.

Elsewhere, I don’t expect a whole lot of change, seeing as there’s only been two weeks of club action since the last round of friendlies, and most of the promising names who weren’t called up last time haven’t had a chance to make much of an impact, with the exception of Lucas Moura. With Malcom out injured, Vinícius Júnior yet to debut for Real Madrid, and Felipe Anderson playing for West Ham, Moura is probably the most likely to take over should Tite cut one of Willian (for playing poorly at the World Cup and in September’s friendlies) or Douglas Costa (for some truly disgraceful behavior). I’d also give an outside shot to the 17-year-old Rodrygo, who has been playing well for Santos and could come in as part of the U-20 agreement.

Other positions that are potentially in jeopardy might come in midfield, where Paquetá might have to sit out and Andreas Pereira seems to have been mothballed after starting Manchester United’s first two games, and at left-back, where there’s a whole bunch of up-and-coming options begging to be tried. I think there’s a good chance we see Tite bring in another defensive-minded midfielder to back up Casemiro, and this would be a fine time to give Luan another opportunity. I’m going to predict that one of Filipe Luís and Alex Sandro will be dropped, but whether for a youngster or for Marcelo I cannot say.

Lastly, with Dedé likely out, I’m really not sure who’s around to replace him. Rodrigo Caio has been out since April, Marlon Santos hasn’t played much for Sassuolo, and coaches rarely pay much attention to CBs at the likes of Lazio. We might see a veteran like Geromel get the nod in their stead.

Report From The Stands: Brazil vs. USA

First things first, since I probably won’t bother to create a separate match thread for Brazil vs. El Salvador, here’s the brief program notes for that.

Brazil vs. El Salvador

FedEx Field, Landover, MD, USA

Kickoff: 8:30 PM EDT / 9:30 PM BRT / 12:30 AM GMT

US TV: beIN Sports (surprisingly, this preempts Argentina vs. Colombia, which is happening at the same time)

US Streaming: ditto

Starting Lineup: Neto; Éder Militão, Marquinhos, Dedé, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Arthur, Philippe Coutinho, Douglas Costa, Neymar; Richarlison

Alright, cool. Now that we’ve got that out of the way: did I mention that I was at the game last night? Well, I was at the game last night:

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Match Thread: Brazil vs. USA

Brazil vs. USA

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, USA

Kickoff: 8:00 PM EDT / 9:00 PM BRT / 12:00 AM GMT


US Streaming: Fox Sports Go

Expected Starting Lineup: Alisson; Fabinho, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Filipe Luís; Casemiro, Fred, Coutinho; Douglas Costa, Roberto Firmino, Neymar (C).

On The Bench: 

GK: Hugo, Neto

DEF: Éder Militão, Dedé, Felipe, Alex Sandro

MID: Arthur, Andreas Pereira, Lucas Paquetá

FWD: Everton, Richarlison, Willian

Zetona’s Notes And Stuff™: 

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Tite Announces Brazil’s First Squad Of The World Cup Cycle

Well, I was very wrong with my predictions yesterday. Here’s the squad Tite announced this morning for next month’s friendlies against the United States and El Salvador:  Continue reading

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