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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 TV: FS1

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

What To Expect From Tomorrow’s Callup

Tomorrow at 11 AM Brazil time (10 AM Eastern, 2 PM GMT), Tite will call up players for next month’s friendlies against the United States and El Salvador. It’ll be his first squad since the World Cup, the first squad of the 2022 World Cup cycle. Here’s what to expect:

The First Post-World Cup Squad Always Sends A Message

Every Brazil coach uses this opportunity to send a message, and that message tends to be “I’m going in an exciting new direction.” This generally means a lot of promising young names people wanted in the World Cup squad, and a clearout of the old, washed-up players deemed most responsible for the World Cup loss. There’s also an accompanying subtext of “the last coach sucked and his player choices were stupid”, but you know what they say about people in glass houses: only one of the Neymar-Pato-Ganso trio Mano Menezes called in 2010 actually panned out while the coach was exposed as completely out of his depth, whereas Dunga came crawling back to Dani Alves and Thiago Silva within a year of making a big show of leaving them out after the 2014 World Cup.

Tite’s in the unique position of still being in charge after the World Cup, but I expect the message will be similar: “I’ve learned from my mistakes.” I’ve read reports about how he realizes that the team’s main shortcoming at the World Cup was in midfield, and that it’s likely he’ll ditch his aging stalwarts like Paulinho and Renato Augusto. He’s also made clear how much he admires youngsters like Arthur and Lucas Paquetá, but didn’t have enough time to observe them in order to bring them to the World Cup. Perhaps he’ll even make the case that those youngsters represent the exciting new direction he would have taken at the World Cup had he had more time to experiment. In any case, it seems extremely likely that he’ll choose a squad full of youngsters.  Continue reading

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.

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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. Costa Rica

After a frustrating draw against Switzerland, Brazil will be raring to score a big win against easier opposition.

Brazil vs. Costa Rica

Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, June 22, 2018

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

US TV: FS1, Telemundo

US Streaming: Fox Sports Go (requires cable login), Telemundo Deportes (free to all until June 25)

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

Zetona’s Opposition Profile™: Continue reading

World Cup 2018: Brazil vs. Switzerland

Our first game at this World Cup.

Brazil vs. Switzerland

Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, June 17, 2018

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

US TV: FS1, Telemundo

US Streaming: Fox Sports Go (requires cable login), Telemundo Deportes (free to all until June 25)

Starting Lineup: Alisson; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo (C); Casemiro, Paulinho, Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.

Zetona’s Opposition Profile™: Continue reading

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