Sat. Dec 3rd, 2022

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3 minutes A slow start, not much to report. Brazil looks set to play with 6 (Casemiro), 8 (Paqueta) and 10 (Neymar) – an increasingly popular system used by Arsenal men and English women, among others.

1 min peeeeeep peeeeeep! Brazil started from left to right as we watched.

Looks like Filip Kostic is fit enough to fit on the benchwhich explains what would be an odd omission.

“We can all love Brazil” writes Richard Hirst, “but tonight a certain part of West London will forever be Serbia: because Mitro is on fire!”

And he will face another hero of West London: Thiago Silva.

Players on the field, ready for work. There are thousands of Brazilian fans, most of them wearing the famous yellow jerseys.

It's almost there.
It’s almost there. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

“What is your dream World Cup final?” asks Kurt Perleberg. “Mine is the USMNT against Brazil.”

Portugal v Argentina can be hectic for obvious reasons, but I would really love to see Brazil v Spain.

Serbia’s coach Dragan Stojkovic The man who made one of the tastiest first touches in World Cup history. After 2min22s but you better watch the whole video.

Twenty minutes to get started

It’s time for a reminder of why we love Brazilian football.

this is a good team can leave this man on the bench

“Hello my friend, welcome Ringo!” Written by Aaron Roston. “Do you know how to participate in matches? I saw a lot of empty seats. Of course there are real audience numbers and there are also Fifa numbers… Brazil would have won at 66 if Pele had not been fouled and he had not been eliminated from the tournament.”

Hmm, I’m not sure about the last point – weren’t they among the great generations? Garrincha sadly passed that, Djamla Santos was 37 years old, Jairzinho and Tostao were also babies.

As for the audience, empty seats are an optical illusion caused by your subconscious biases.

The first game in Group G was played earlier today.. An odd group whose presence makes this a hard-to-guess group, Switzerland beat Cameroon 1-0.

preview by Jonathan Liew

team news

Tite chose the attacking option, choosing Vinicius Jr. in front of Fred. This means that Neymar has moved onto the field to play as number 10 and Lucas Paqueta is back next to Casemiro.

Dragan Stojkovic left the Juventus couple, consisting of Filip Kostic and Dusan Vlahovic, on the bench, with Aleksandar Mitrovic leading.

Brazil (4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Lucas Paqueta; Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Jr; Richardlison
Subs: Weverton, Ederson, Fred, Dani Alves, Eder Militao, Fabinho, Alex Telles, Bruno Guimaraes, Gabriel Jesus, Antony, Rodrygo, Everton Ribeiro, Bremer, Pedro, Martinelli.

Serbia (3-4-2-1) V Milinkovic-Savic; Veljkovic, Milenkovic, Pavlovic; Zivkovic, Lukic, Gudelj, Mladenovic; Tadic, S Milinkovic-Savic; A Mitrovic.
Substitutes: Dmitrovic, Rajkovic, Erakovic, Maksimovic, Radonjic, Jovic, S Mitrovic, Babic, Kostic, Vlahovic, Racic, Djuricic, Lazovic, Ilic, Grujic.

Judge Alireza Faghani (Iran).


What’s next in this order: 4, 8, 24, 8, ?

Her 4, Right? No, of course not. Roberto Carlos stood up at the wrong time and Brazil failed to win the 2006 World Cup. We don’t know what will happen next, but anyone with a connection to Seleção will hope it does. 20. The ranking – as you already know, you’re a fan of heritage – is the number of years between Brazil World Cup victories since their first victory in 1958.

They also won in 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. Since then: nada. Zilch. Damn it. There isn’t even a final. They’re late.

This is Thiago Silva’s last chance, possibly Casemiro and Neymar too, to win the World Cup. Tite’s side are favorites to win Qatar 2022 – but they were also favorites in 1982, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2014, so I’m not sure what the lesson is to learn from this particular story.

The offensive options are such that the great Vinicius Jr is not a guaranteed start. Tite has to choose between Fred and himself, which isn’t the obvious wrong decision you’d expect. If he chooses Vinicius, Casemiro will be the only water bearer in the city, and Brazil generally favors pragmatism since Tele Santana’s idealists failed to win the World Cup in 1982 and 1986.

Brazil has been scoring goals lately, even with a relatively pragmatic system – but then so is Serbia, which has ticked most of the black horse boxes. This is a really strange first game for Brazil. Serbia finished qualifying ahead of Portugal and has serious offensive options like Dusan Vlahovic and Aleksandar Mitrovic. They will not be afraid of Brazil; they are not afraid of anyone.

This is the last game of the first round fixture and it could be a cracker.

To start 19:00 GMT, 16:00 Rio de Janeiro, 20:00 Belgrade.