Tite's five fresh samba starlets
- Five uncapped 21- or 22-year-olds are in Tite's squad
- Among them are a showman, 'the new Xavi' and 'The Little Onion'
- Brazils initiation process caused the shyest of the bunch to panic
Alisson 25 years old, Ederson 25, Marquinhos 24, Casemiro 26, Fred 25, Philippe Coutinho 26, Neymar 26, Roberto Firmino 26 and Gabriel Jesus 21 all have time on their side, and Tite has summoned a selection of uncapped gems for the initiation of a new cycle aimed at Qatar 2022. As A Seleo ready for friendlies against USA and El Salvador, FIFA.com presents the five new midfielders or forwards.
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Position: Defensive midifelder
Being likened to one of the greatest midfielders in history is a huge honour. Being likened to one of the greatest midfielders in history by one of the greatest players in history is a virtual cannonisation. Hes really surprised me, said the usually plaudit-prudent Lionel Messi of Arthur. Hes very similar to Xavi.
Arthur helped Gremio conquer the Copa Libertadores in 2017, joined Barcelona recently in a transfer that could rise to 41, and has already impressed his new coach, Ernesto Valverde: Hes intelligent, very comfortable in possession, an excellent passer. He reminds us of Xavi. Xavi himself commented that Arthur has Barcelonas DNA.
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Arthur suffered from severe homesickness after leaving his family behind to go and live in Porto Alegre as a 14-year-old. After returning home for Christmas, he decided he would rather work for the family business a womens clothing fabric rather than pursue a career in football. However, his father Ailton convinced Arthur to give it another shot, persuaded his mother to let him, and smoothed things over with Gremio he returned to the club three weeks late.
Position: Defensive or attacking midfielder
Club: Manchester United
Three of the semi-finalists have a player in central midfield De Bruyne, Modric, Pogba who are comfortable receiving the ball from the defence, carrying it, picking out passes, said iconic ex-wingback Junior. Brazil didnt have that. Is Pereira the fix for that flaw?
Born in Belgium, where his father, forward Marcos Pereira, was playing for KV Mechelen, he excelled as an attacking midfielder at the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 and during a loan spell at Valencia in 2017/18. Jose Mourinho nevertheless used Pereira as a holding midfielder during Manchester Uniteds recent tour of the USA and in the early part of this term, hailing his No15s performances as phenomenal, and the former Belgium youth international revelled: Its my best position. Blessed with an exceptional ability to pirouette away from opponents, quick feet, palatial passing and free-kick taking, Pereira also gets stuck in and could be the second defensive midfielder Brazil have so craved.
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If utilised by Tite, Pereira will become the fifth foreign-born player to represent Brazil and first in 76 years. Englishman Sidney Pullen, Portuguese Casemiro do Amaral, Italian Police and Russo, who was born in either what is now Afghanistan or Argentina accounts conflict, and won his solitary cap in 1942.Lucas Paqueta
Position: Attacking midfielder
Think 180 back-heels, elastic nutmegs, lambrettas. Think showmanship on the FIFA EA Sports video game. Think Djalminha, Denilson, Ronaldinho, Neymar. Welcome to Brazils latest entertainer extraordinaire.
Paqueta is also renowned for harrying opponents, exquisite through-balls and dead-ball mastery, though whether hell have the courage to challenge Neymar for free-kicks remains to be seen.
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Paqueta suffered from a growth hormone deficiency similar to Lionel Messi and was only 1,53m tall as a 15-year-old something for which Flamengo almost released him. Belatedly, his body responded to treatment and he grew 27 centimetres in just three years
Ok, Pedro and Richarlison may go at each like cat and mouse on social media the former gets called Chinny; the latter is Toucans Nose but theyre firm amigos. So, when injury forced Pedro to withdraw from the Brazil squad, Richarlison grabbed his mobile phone and began a sympathising dialogue only to have to pause it to receive a call from Seleo co-ordinator Edu Gaspar telling him he was his buddys replacement
Richarlison is an atypically Brazilian attacker. For while he possesses pace and skill, hes also strong, all-action, direct, good with his head, and the type of player who scores scrappy goals as well as stylish ones. He was signed by Watford for 11.2m in July 2017 and sold to Everton 11 months later for a fee that could rise to 50m. And if that figure raised eyebrows, his first two assignments in blue, which included three goals, dropped them. Will his patented pigeon dance celebration be on show Stateside?
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Richarlison had a tough, impoverished upbringing. He once had a gun held against his forehead by a favela drug lord, who threatened to kill him before he escaped, while Richarlison resisted persistent peer-pressure to become a drug trafficker. A lot of my friends are dead or in jail, he rued. Football saved me.