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Brazil

 

Matches

17th June - 7pm
Brazil v Switxerland

22nd June - 1pm
Brazil v Costa Rica

27th June - 7pm
Serbia v Brazil

 

Flag: With a green background and yellow rhombus, the Bandeiro do Brasil also features a blue circle wrapped in a band with the national motto, Ordem e Progresso, (Order and Progress) emblazoned on it, neither of which are particularly apparent in the way Brazil play.

Population: 207.7 million

Nickname: Try these on for size (and then take them back and get a refund): Canarinho (Little Canary), A Seleção (The Selection) and Verde-Amarela (The Green and Yellow).

Manager: Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, more commonly known as Tite, never played for Brazil but did find success as coach of Corinthians.  He took them to the Copa Libertadores de America title and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2012, where they beat Chelsea in the final.

Captain: It’s subject to change but last time out it was the ageless Dani Alves. His PSG colleague Thiago also skippers the side from time to time too and with Alves ruled out of the tournament he looks a main contender for the armband.

Star Man: PSG’s Neymar, although it’s still touch and go as to whether he’ll make the finals after breaking a toe recently.  With 53 goals in just 83 games for his country, they’ll certainly miss him if he doesn’t recover.

Rising star: Gabriel Jesus. OK, so he’s not exactly unknown to football fans in the UK but this is the Manchester City striker’s first chance to show the world the talent that’s taken him to seven goals in his first 13 caps.