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Will Brazil reclaim World Cup title?
January 16, 2018, 3:31 pm

Can new Brazil coach Tite turn Brazil’s World Cup fortunes around? [Xinhua]

Three-time World Cup champion and football legend Pele is convinced that the Brazil national team is favorite to win the 2018 Russia World Cup.

In 2014, the Brazilian national team had great players but was criticized for being disorganized, which contributed to the overwhelming final match loss to Germany who went on to win the cup

But Pele told local media in Brazil that he believes that new team manager Tite (Adenor Bacchi) has turned the team around and brought much needed organization and managerial skills to ensure that Brazil win the World Cup for a record sixth time.

But online betting sites say nemesis Germany are favorites to win the cup. Brazil is a close second followed by France, Spain and Argentina.

Brazil is in group E along with Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Serbia and are expected to easily sail on to the round of 16.

While Russia will kick off the tournament opener at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14 against Saudi Arabia, Brazil’s first game will be against Switzerland on June 17.

Saudi Arabia is sure to be no serious challenge to the samba players, but when Brazil meet heavy hitters in the round of 16, Tite is likely to resort to Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar, but not to carry the burden alone.

Brazil’s mistake in 2014 was to rely on the then 22-year-old Neymar for wins; this time Neymar is as formidable as ever but also a part of an organized squad.

He is sure to have his mettle tested if Brazil meet Argentina again (they lost to the boys from Buenos Aires earlier last summer) and their star, Lionel Messi.

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