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Brazil set to put dour World Cup performances behind them

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"I don't know if I can say that this will be the team at the start of the World Cup", he told reporters. Meaning that were Brazil to win the group as expected, they will probably meet Mexico in the first knockout stage. With pinpoint precision he curved the ball from the corner flag into an empty net.

Brazil has always been the juggernaut of worldwide soccer, having won six World Cups over the years - more than any other country on the planet.

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VIENNA-If anything summed up Brazil's new approach under coach Tite, it was his celebration of the fact that they committed only eight fouls in Sunday's 3-0 friendly win over Austria. Neymar's levity in movement and gaiety in the game befitted Brazil's talisman.

"It will depend on how far we go, how we're going to finish" at the finals, Messi said in an interview with Spanish daily Sport.

Neymar netted a goal in the Anfield victory seven days ago and is looking to prove his fitness to global head coach Tite ahead of the tournament. "His technical and creative ability is impressive. In the last third of the field, he is lethal". Neymar's foot injury had scared the team. Brazil's build-up play became stodgy and laboured.

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Some of their numbers probably didn't look as appealing to the outside-looker, but they were just - they were always locked in. And then when they were afforded the opportunity to take the reins of the team, you saw them take full advantage of it.

The question now is whether Tite can take Brazil all the way, banishing what he calls their "little ghost" - the lingering mental scars of the Germany defeat. Austria also employed a high press.

The soccer world gathers at 12 stadiums in 11 cities across the European portion of Russian Federation starting Thursday for a 32-day, 64-match championship.

Born into a family of modest means in Brazil's temperate south, Tite was first spotted by another future Brazil coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, on whose recommendation the youngster won a professional contract with Caxias. "Our ball possession, our movement, our triangulations, our game rhythm wears down opponents".

Of the 23 players that Tite has selected only five remain from the squad that was so severely dumped from the competition in 2014. You have to play with speed and compactness.

Drawn in Group E, Brazil, who are second behind defending world champions Germany in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, begin their campaign against Switzerland next Sunday, June 17, before also taking on Costa Rica and Serbia. The Austrians have geographic proximity to Switzerland, but their game style is different. The Brazil team partook in one of the most misguided acts in sporting history when walking out for the semi-final carrying Neymar's shirt. Chelsea's Willian and Juventus' Douglas Costa are also on hand. In Russia, they have the chance to turn it all around.

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