Fans flock to Brazil training for Neymar


Neymar's strike had Brazil's coach raving.

Where can you live stream the FIFA Friendly between Brazil v Austria? The Germans arched their eyebrows at this ridiculous carnival of pity and thumped Brazil 7-1.

Tite embracing star man Neymar.

For Tite, however, fouling the opponents means his team has wasted a chance to win back possession of the ball and start a new attack. He scored his 55th global goal in Brazil's 3-0 warm-up win over Austria on Sunday. There has been no let-up since. But only when a middling playing career was cut short by injury, at the age of 27, did he find his true calling. Another factor in helping liberate Brazil is playing so far away from the suffocating environment of home. He goes about his job with seriousness, but also with a smile, which goes a long way.

From a distance, all of this might seem slightly surreal.

But it is Fred who remains, perhaps, the nadir in Brazil strikers. Yet while Tite might be a late bloomer on the world stage, his quality has never been in doubt in his homeland.

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Judging by the way Tite's exciting side qualified for the World Cup and how they've performed in warm-ups, this time around Brazil are ready for anything thrown their way.

Going into Russian Federation 2018, Brazil's golden boy is being charged with exorcizing the demons of that 7-1 humiliation against Germany four years ago, a game he agonizingly missed through injury.

"If Neymar plays well in the World Cup, Brazil will be even more favourites but the World Cup is hard and a lot of things can happen when the knockout stages start", the 46-year-old said.

"Tite breathes football and loves to learn", his agent, Gilmar Veloz, said during his client's year off. Tite has always craved balance.

Tite's squad is brimming with world class talent, and in Neymar, they possess a player capable of pure magic.

Fernandinho remains a useful squad player, and the heavier artillery in the middle could be very useful as a tactical alternative. "Both place a lot of value on the team's intensity, shape and pressing".

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Crucially, the personnel changes have been guided by an underlying tactical plan.

Known for his pace and attacking prowess, Marcelo makes the Brazilian left side a big threat to oppositions. Throw in a commitment to pressing higher up the pitch and you have an altogether more modern side. Brazil is in red-hot form after their wins over Germany and Croatia.

"We've just lost three finals in a row, which has led to us going through some hard moments with the press", added the Barcelona forward. He has organised the team.

"There's a good team spirit in the group". A poor 2015 Copa America campaign saw them exit at the quarter-final stage after a defeat on penalties against Paraguay. In that moment, Brazil's light was extinguished. "The team is really well prepared", he said. "In the end I thought it might be getting too much for him so I took him off".

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