Brazil World Cup Blog

News, analysis, history, and discussion on all things Verde-Amarela

Month: July 2018

Tite Is Staying On. What’s Next?

It’s official: Tite is staying on. He signed a contract extension that means he will remain Brazil’s manager through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar—the first Brazil manager to retain the job after the World Cup since Cláudio Coutinho in 1978. He starts this World Cup cycle highly regarded in Brazil after a largely successful first two years in charge, despite Brazil’s quarterfinal loss in Russia—indeed, despite the fact that Brazil’s loss was largely down to Tite’s tactical errors, particuarly his continued loyalty to Paulinho and his decision to not include a like-for-like backup for Casemiro in the squad. Such is his popularity in Brazil, such is the admiration for what he’s managed to achieve considering the wreckage Dunga left, and, perhaps, such is the dearth of acceptable alternatives, that he’s been given the chance to atone for his errors. Now he has a full four years to experiment, build the ideal team, and, hopefully, win the World Cup next time out.

Here’s what he needs to do to make that happen. Continue reading

The Seleção Awards: 2014-2018


A World Cup cycle draws to a close, and before we concern ourselves with the buildup to the 2022 edition in Qatar, I thought it would be good to take a look back at the best, and worst, of Brazil over the last four years.

I’ve assembled a list of my personal choices, but I’ve also provided a poll with each category, to let you all vote on the highs and lows of the Seleção. If you have any categories you’d like to suggest, or nominees you think were egregiously snubbed, let me know in the comments.

Without further ado: Continue reading

World Cup 2018: Brazil vs. Belgium

Brazil faces its toughest test yet: a quarterfinal against the highest-scoring team in this World Cup, with Casemiro unavailable through suspension.

Brazil vs. Belgium

Kazan Arena, Kazan, July 6, 2018

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

US TV: FS1, Telemundo

US Streaming: Fox Sports GoTelemundo Deportes

Starting Lineup: Alisson; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda (C), Marcelo; Fernandinho, Paulinho, Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar. Continue reading

World Cup 2018: Brazil vs Mexico Player Ratings

Player ratings for Brazil’s 2-0 victory against Mexico.   Continue reading

World Cup 2018: Brazil vs Mexico

Didn’t have time to write a real preview this weekend, but here are a few pre-match thoughts: Continue reading