Brazil has faced Switzerland twice in World Cups and has not won any. It was the bolt of Austrian coach Karl Rappan, in 1950, at Pacaembu, in a 2-2 draw, and the hard-fought 1-1 in Rostov-do-Don. Swiss goal by Zuber, faulty marking on the set piece by Tite’s team.
An important reminder, because Tite’s Brasil conceded just 17 goals in 45 matches after the World Cup, but 11 were from set pieces.
The Brazil key was the only one that could be repeated in the entire history of the World Cup, if it had Serbs and Costa Ricans. It started to happen with the arrival of Serbia, to be the opponent of the debut of the Brazilian team. But came Cameroon, also a boring team, with Choupo-Moting, from Bayern, and Ekambi, from Lyon.
The Serbs are stronger than the Croatians, runners-up in 2018. They won Portugal in Lisbon and pushed Cristiano Ronaldo’s team into the playoffs. Today they have an attack made up of Tadic and Vlahovic. Rival of the selection in Russia and also in the 1950 World Cup, where Switzerland and Yugoslavia also played a key role.
For FIFA, the Serbs are heirs of the Yugoslavs, capital Belgrade and two world semifinals.
The Brazil group is the most difficult.
It is similar in difficulty to Argentina, not because of the presence of Saudi Arabia, but because of Mexico and Poland. Argentines are favorites, but they won’t have a simple life.
The life of Spain is also complicated, because they fell with Germany, from pot 2, and with Japan, in addition to the possibility of Costa Rica.
The imbalance of the draw is due to the presence of the owner of the house as the seed. Nothing changes when the World Cup takes place in Brazil, or in Germany. It changes when it’s in South Africa or Qatar. 12 years ago, FIFA still mixed the rankings with the tradition in World Cups, and, even so, France was not at the top of any group.
It seemed to rebalance when the French fell into the South African group. Surprisingly, the 1998 world champions fell in the first phase, losing the classification to Uruguay and Mexico.
This time, the Netherlands made the balance falling in the A bracket. Senegal is the second force. There’s Mane, from Liverpool, Dia, from Villarreal, Koulibaly, from Napoli, Guedes, from PSG. All Champions League players.
Important to look at the script, the complete table. The selection can face Uruguay in the round of 16, Spain or Germany in the quarterfinals, Argentina in the semifinals.
It’s true that everything has to go wrong. It is also a fact that no one has been champion facing world champions in all knockout stages.
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