Balanced Brazil reduces dependence on superstar Neymar

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The memories of Brazil's thorough 7-1 demolition at the hands of eventual Champions Germany are still fresh in the minds of their fans. Brazil then have strength in depth and with the ball flying around the pitch they may genuinely win a World Cup for the first time in Europe since the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

VAR will be the acronym of the moment: video assistant referees in soccer-speak, instant replay for most viewers at home. The Barcelona goalkeeper has overcome a shaky start to his global career and helped Germany win the Confederations Cup.

Tite said his team "can get a bit more effective but still have a week left to work on that". Players took their shirts off and put their sandals on upon making it to the resort city where Brazil will be staying during the World Cup. They have the players to do so, and can take advantage of a high press using this tactic.

Neymar played 83 minutes in only his second game since returning from a metatarsal injury in February but scored a stunning goal and looked very close to full fitness. In addition to the "Family Room" and the "Friends Room", which are visibly marked with signs on the wall, an area for the players' kids also was created. "This is his time to shine".

In less than two years on the job, Adenor Leonardo Bachi - better known as Tite - has turned Brazil from a flop into a title favorite.

There are only four days left before Brazil start their FIFAWorld Cup 2018 campaign in Russian Federation with a clash against Switzerland on Sunday. "I'm not 100 per cent ready yet", the PSG striker said. But his title streak at Corinthians from 2011-15 underscores his credentials for the national team job. Now a starter for Roma, the 25-year-old Becker's admirers include Italy great Gianluigi Buffon.

The presence of Jesus, the exciting young Manchester City forward, and also Coutinho, Neymar's replacement at Barcelona, is a reminder of just how strong the current Brazil team are. Alisson is one of the most highly rated goalkeepers in Europe and is wanted by Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, per Hugo Cerezo of Marca.

The reappointment of tetchy company man Dunga had struck most as an obvious backward step, and, sure enough, by the time he exited the stage, two galling Copa America failures later, Brazil had slumped to sixth in their World Cup qualifying group.

Dante and the liable Luiz have been replaced by the more composed duo of Marquinhos and Miranda, while the injured Dani Alves has been forced to make way for the less experienced Danilo.

Gianluigi Buffon, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, is also one of the tournament's legendary No. 1s, as is Spain's Iker Casillas, who lifted the trophy in South Africa in 2010.

At the pre-World Cup training camp, Tite chose to move PSG central defender Thiago Silva to Marquinhos' place.

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