Roberto Carlos backs surprise Brazil player to impress

GK Alisson

Like Neymar, El Fenomeno sported a freakish new cut for the 2002 World Cup, which prompted plenty of mocking, but it did him no harm as Brazil won their fifth world title and he finished the tournament as top scorer with eight goals.

Tite has gained a reputation of building a team uncharacteristically compact for a South American side while bringing back goal-scoring flare with young players like Gabriel Jesus, a Manchester City striker who scored the most goals in qualifying.

Brazil coach Tite has rebuilt his team since 2014 to ease the burden on star forward Neymar. Neymar has been brilliant during team's training sessions and in the two friendly matches played ahead of the World Cup.

Brazil would go on to lose 7-1 to Germany in the semi-final without Neymar - one of the most humbling defeats in the competition's history.

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Wilfredo Caballero , Nahuel Guzman and Franco Armani of Argentina warm up prior to their group D match with Iceland . Argentina fans booed and whistled when the giant stadium screen showed Halldorsson was named man of the match.

Brazil take on Switzerland later today in their opening clash of Group E.

When asked about who might light up the World Cup, Carlos wrote in his column for the Sunday Mirror: "People talk about Messi, Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Neymar, but for me, Willian is right up there".

The result means that Serbia lead Group E after beating Costa Rica 1-0 earlier in the day. "We got a draw but this is only the beginning for us".

"We're not as good as we're made out to be, or as some think we are, " midfielder Toni Kroos said.

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Kroos, who plays for Real Madrid, anchors an experienced midfield that also includes Juventus' Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Mueller and Marco Reus.

They know a thing or twoo about starting off the World Cup well, beating Spain in their opener in 2010 before the Spanish went on to win the World Cup.

The teams played past year in Russian Federation in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup, with Germany winning 4-1.

The Brazil team's fortunes have transformed under Tite, under whom they have only lost once in 21 games and were the first team to qualify for the World Cup, after hosts Russian Federation. For the first time, he'll be joined by his younger brother and LA Galaxy teammate, Jonathan dos Santos.

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Tatchell has been to Russian Federation several times to protest for LGBT rights and has twice been detained in the country. "It's hard to predict the two teams that will qualify", Southgate told Al Arabiya satellite channel.

Brazil need to improve on dead balls, said Tite.

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