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The most important game of round 1 starts in a few hours.

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Lineups:

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Brazil have not lost their debut game since 1934, when Brazil were beaten 1-3 by Spain.  Brazil only lost the debut game twice (1930 and 1934) and have won the last 9 debut games.

All debut games (In Portuguese):

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1930 – BRASIL 1 x 2 IUGOSLÁVIA – Preguinho (62’)

1934 – BRASIL 1 x 3 ESPANHA – Leônidas (55’)

1938 – BRASIL 6 x 5 POLÔNIA – Leônidas (18’,93’ e 104’), Romeu (25’) e Perácio (44’ e 71’)

1950 – BRASIL 4 x 0 MÉXICO – Ademir Menezes (30’ e 79’), Jair (65’) e Baltazar (71’)

1954 – BRASIL 5 x 0 MÉXICO – Baltazar (23’), Didi (30’), Pinga (34’ e 43’) e Julinho (65’)

1958 – BRASIL 3 x 0 ÁUSTRIA – Mazzola (38’ e 89’) e Nilton Santos (49’)

1962 – BRASIL 2 x 0 MÉXICO – Zagallo (56’) e Pelé (73’)

1966 – BRASIL 2 x 0 BULGÁRIA – Pelé (15’) e Garrincha (63’)

1970 – BRASIL 4 x 1 TCHECOSLOVÁQUIA – Rivelino (24’), Pelé (59’) e Jairzinho (61’ e 83’)

1974 – BRASIL 0 x 0 IUGOSLÁVIA

1978 – BRASIL 1 x 1 SUÉCIA – Reinaldo (45’)

1982 – BRASIL 2 x 1 UNIÃO SOVIÉTICA – Sócrates (75’) e Eder (88’)

1986 – BRASIL 1 x 0 ESPANHA – Sócrates (62’)

1990 – BRASIL 2 x 1 SUÉCIA – Careca (40’ e 63’)

1994 – BRASIL 2 x 0 RÚSSIA – Romário (26’) e Raí (52’ penalty)

1998 – BRASIL 2 x 1 ESCÓCIA – Cesar Sampaio (5’) e Tom Boyd (74’ contra)

2002 – BRASIL 2 x 1 TURQUIA – Ronaldo (50’) e Rivaldo (87’ penalty)

2006 – BRASIL 1 x 0 CROÁCIA – Kaká (44’)

2010 – BRASIL 2 x 1 CORÉIA DO NORTE – Maicon (55’) e Elano (72’)

2014 – BRASIL 3 x 1 CROÁCIA - Neymar (29’ e 71’ penalty) e Oscar (90’)

 

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5 minutes ago, PMLF said:

2014 – BRASIL 3 x 1 CROÁCIA - Neymar (29’ e 71’ penalty) e Oscar (90’)

Ah yea, the ridiculous penalty and Naymar not getting a red card.

Good game.

 

I fully expect Brazil to win the group with 9 points and close to +10 goal difference.

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1 minute ago, GunmaN1905 said:

Ah yea, the ridiculous penalty and Naymar not getting a red card.

Good game.

 

I fully expect Brazil to win the group with 9 points and close to +10 goal difference.

Yes. I believe it will be something like:

Brazil 2-0 Switzerland
Brazil 4-0 Costa Rica
Brazil 3-0 Serbia

Then Brazil will be overconfident and probably lose at some point in the playoffs.

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Brazil's locker room:

 

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Never really seen Alisson play on a consistent basis but must be really good if he is keeping Ederson out.

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Expecting Brazil to win but Switzerland will be tough nut to crack. Watched them against Spain, they were well organized in defense although not at all threatening going forward. It was just lucky De Gea's blunder that gave them equalizer. 1-0, Neymar to score some wonder goal. 

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Spain were not incisive enough which is often the case despite them getting 3 against Portugal. Brazil will be a lot more ruthless. I am predicting 3-0.

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2 minutes ago, ReggaeBwoy said:

Never really seen Alisson play on a consistent basis but must be really good if he is keeping Ederson out.

He is better than Ederson for sure but I don't trust either of them. Alisson used to be pretty insecure and Ederson is reckless.

The main reason Alisson is a starter though is because goalkeeping coach Taffarel likes him. And Alisson also has the advantage of having played for a few years for Internacional while Ederson is relatively unknown in Brazil.

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6 minutes ago, Constantine said:

Expecting Brazil to win but Switzerland will be tough nut to crack. Watched them against Spain, they were well organized in defense although not at all threatening going forward. It was just lucky De Gea's blunder that gave them equalizer. 1-0, Neymar to score some wonder goal. 

 

3 minutes ago, ReggaeBwoy said:

Spain were not incisive enough which is often the case despite them getting 3 against Portugal. Brazil will be a lot more ruthless. I am predicting 3-0.

My guess is a 2-0 win for Brazil. Neymar and Gabriel Jesus will score the goals.

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The Swiss are very organised at the back but Brazil have enough quality to break them down. I'm going for a very nervy 1-0 to Brazil.

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Hopefully Gabriel Jesus will do well so all those Firmino fans on Twitter, etc will shut up.

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Have we had any predictable Joga Bonito compilations yet where British TV tries to convince us that every Brazilian player started out playing streetball in the favelas and they all play like a Ronaldinho YouTube video?

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Honestly think this is the best Swiss team we ever had. Group stage out would be a shock. I think we can win a point today.

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9 minutes ago, HOORAY HENRIK said:

Neymar hat trick please. My fantasy team so far has been shocking.

Can I have one as well? I've got an excellent defence, but the rest of my team's letting me down.

Considering how the last match turned out, I'll be more conservative with my prediction for this one... 2-1 Brazil.

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Keane always looks so unhappy to be there. Like he's being forced to. 

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22 minutes ago, mayihavecookie said:

Honestly think this is the best Swiss team we ever had. Group stage out would be a shock. I think we can win a point today.

Has Seferović improved his finishing? Because whenever I watched him play he was tragic in that depertment.

Edited by GunmaN1905

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Before today I would have considered there would have been more change of Switzerland beating Brazil than Mexico beating Germany  I Still think Brazil will win, but it won't be a walkover, and its not certain.

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4 minutes ago, Nordan said:

3-0 Brazil.

Unless Brazil going for 2nd place.

Brazil can't go for second place in the group or they will be crucified by the media and fans here.

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Just now, PMLF said:

Brazil can't go for second place in the group or they will be crucified by the media and fans here.

But....you've told me no one cares over there. :( 

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vor 3 Minuten schrieb GunmaN1905:

Has Seferović improved his finishing? Because whenever I watched him play he was tragic in that depertment.

I like Seferovic as he's a hard working player, but he's never been a good finisher and the last season where he has hardly played will not have helped him improve. 

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1 minute ago, Nordan said:

But....you've told me no one cares over there. :( 

No one cares during 99% of the time, but people care during the World Cup.

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Brazil's best route would be to play against Germany right after the group and exorcise those demons.

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Giving this one my full attention so i am expecting it to be boring as.. low scoring and possibly a late Swiss upset.

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Just now, GunmaN1905 said:

Brazil's best route would be to play against Germany right after the group and exorcise those demons.

The risk is losing and getting even more traumatized. :D 

But I think Brazil would be favorites this time.

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Well, you're Brazil.

If you don't win, nobody will care if you got to the finals or got knocked out in the group.

And getting rid of Germany right away would be the best possible outcome.

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7 of the players starting today (Allison, Casemiro, Coutinho, Neymar - Rodriguez, Xhaka, Seferovic) faced each other in the U17s World Cup in 2009. Switzerland won 1:0 on their way to the title back then. Wouldn't mind them repeating this today.

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2 minutes ago, PMLF said:

No one cares during 99% of the time, but people care during the World Cup.

World Cup and the World Club Championship....Cup.

3-0 it is then. :)

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1 minute ago, mayihavecookie said:

7 of the players starting today (Allison, Casemiro, Coutinho, Neymar - Rodriguez, Xhaka, Seferovic) faced each other in the U17s World Cup in 2009. Switzerland won 1:0 on their way to the title back then. Wouldn't mind them repeating this today.

It's kind of impressive how 7 out of 22 players today played that game. Moving from U17 to U20 to senior is not so easy.

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Is it in their contract that they have to look so down and depressed? Say what you want about Wright's opinions, he is at least happy to be there and smiles. It's supposed to be fun.... right???

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This tweet shows well how Silva is the most common surname in Brazil:

 

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Our anthem is so boring compared to others. Brazil's is a real foot tapper!

Though saying that the Swiss one is a bit dreary.

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1 minute ago, Weezer said:

Though saying that the Swiss one is a bit dreary.

Yeah, when there's like 3 Swiss players actually playing for the NT.

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Our anthem is so boring compared to others. Brazil's is a real foot tapper!

Why? I always thought it's the highlight of English NT performance at every big tournament. :D

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1 minute ago, Weezer said:

Our anthem is so boring compared to others. Brazil's is a real foot tapper!

Though saying that the Swiss one is a bit dreary.

If we win the World Cup, we should be allowed to change it to something better like Tubthumping by Chumbawamba

Edited by SteveUK

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Nothing wrong with Francisco Venancio, still he chose Casemiro ffs.

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****ing cliches about Brazilians already ffs.

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Just now, G-Man11 said:

****ing cliches about Brazilians already ffs.

Every WC this happens in foreign press, as if all previous 20 boring Brazilian squads never existed.

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Yeah, I'll take your commentators over mine who's saying Brazil didn't have a top keeper since Taffarel.

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Just now, PMLF said:

Every WC this happens in foreign press, as if all previous 20 boring Brazilian squads never existed.

Apparently Miranda would just never make a no-nonsense clearance because Brazilian CB's don't do that :rolleyes:

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Just now, G-Man11 said:

Apparently Miranda would just never make a no-nonsense clearance because Brazilian CB's don't do that :rolleyes:

It seems they really have never watched Brazilian football. We even have a colloquial word for this kind of no-nonsense CB: zagueiro-zagueiro

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1 minute ago, GunmaN1905 said:

Yeah, I'll take your commentators over mine who's saying Brazil didn't have a top keeper since Taffarel.

Yes, that's pretty silly, Brazil had good goalkeepers both before and after Taffarel. But it's a cliché that Brazil only have good attackers and (attacking) fullbacks.

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Not card for Xhaka?!

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