Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

What Neymar Did To Austrian Defender Should Be Illegal

What Neymar Did To Austrian Defender Should Be Illegal

After raising the World Cup eight miles from Copacabana Beach four years ago, Germany hopes to lift the trophy four miles from the Kremlin on July 15 and become the first repeat champion in more than a half-century.

"Of course in the beginning when he started working with the ball and working with the team we were extra careful". Europe's Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and the Ukrainian Premier League all feature, as does China's Super League and Brazil's own Serie A.

Below, in a friendly against Germany, Joachim Low's team pressed Brazil high up the pitch in an attempt to force a mistake by the defenders during build-up.

Tite has preferred veteran Miranda at the heart of his defence at the expense of PSG stalwart Thiago Silva, while Danilo, on paper at least, looks the weakest link in the chain. He has organised the team.

Drawn in Group E, Brazil, who are second behind defending world champions Germany in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, begin their campaign against Switzerland next Sunday, June 17, before also taking on Costa Rica and Serbia. Not only fans from their land, but from all throughout the world want Brazil to come back to their best and seek their sixth World Cup title in Russian Federation, and so far the Brazilians have been on the right path.

The individual talent is there as always but the team are better balanced than their unloved recent predecessors.

He was the hero of the final the last time the Selecao tasted success in the competition, top scoring in South Korea and Japan in 2002 as they took the title home. They have scored 47 goals, conceded five and kept 16 clean sheets.

Brazil star Philippe Coutinho got a birthday celebration to remember in training on Tuesday, when his teammates pelted him with egg and flour. The 58-year-old has previously apologized after being caught on camera picking his nose or in other compromising positions during games.

Next up for Brazil is the game against Costa Rica, as the Central Americans will be out to prove they were no fluke back in 2014. With the likes of Renato Augusto and Douglas Costa available to help provide pace and technical ability, Brazil's midfield will be effective. "When we spring him into action in the last third of the field, he is lethal".

Tite, who also said he would confirm his starting XI against Switzerland on Thursday, was pleased with his team's performance.

Alisson praised his team-mate for the way he has returned, as Brazil prepare for Group E matches against Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia. "The competitive concentration of these athletes is commendable".

"We got ready for the UFC, but it was good", he added. "It was a hard match, with heavy physical contact and we did well". Shortly after, the team flew to Sochi, its base for the tournament, as those back in their homeland reacted to a win which impressed and boosted expectations of winning an unprecedented sixth world title.

"It's important to have contact with the local fans", Alisson said.

"It will depend on how far we go, how we're going to finish", Messi said in an interview with Spanish daily Sport.

Argentina launch their campaign against Iceland on Saturday, with games to follow against Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.

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