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In the Group G of the World Cup in Qatar, the selection of Brazil It is undoubtedly, by history and present, it is one of the candidates not only to go to the next round but to win the title, so the experts believe, including the Colombian coach Carlos Navarrete, who also recalled that in an event of this level anything can happen.

Brazil, who lead Neymar and Dani Alves, will debut in the World Cup on November 24 against Serbia. Group G is completed by Switzerland and Cameroon, who will seek to surprise.

“Brazil will always be a favourite, because of its history, football, because of what it showed in the tie, because of what it has taught in friendly games, because of the hierarchy of its players and the knowledge of the coach,” Navarrete said.

However, the strategist stressed that you don’t always win by shirt. “Brazil will have to endorse the potential it has on the field. The other teams know about the conditions of the Brazilians. Each one has some strong and weak points, but it is on the field of play where the truth of football lies”.

Brazil goes for the reconquest

In Pelé’s country, two decades seem too long for the fans of the Seleçao, who won their last World Cup crown in Korea and Japan with a team led by Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo. Since then Brazil has chained disappointments in the big tournament, particularly in 2014, in the semifinals of ‘their’ World Cup, when they fell 7-1 against Germany, finally victorious. His group, G, similar to the one he had in 2018, promises strong emotions with rivals like Switzerland and Serbia.

Serbia arrives without pressure

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Football has always been the number one sport in Serbia. People love it. This was recalled by the coach of this team, Dragan Stojkovic, who expects surprises at the World Cup in Qatar. “Of course, sometimes we have unrealistic expectations, such as playing permanently in the world championships. For us, qualifying for the World Cup is a success that encourages us to continue our efforts to build a better future”, added the coach. Serbia finished top of their qualifying group in the Europe zone.

Switzerland emerges with greater prominence

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Unbeatable in eight games, Switzerland finished top of group C in the Europe zone standings, earning a double draw against Italy, European champions, who were eliminated in the playoffs. Also facing Northern Ireland, Bulgaria and Lithuania, the men of Murat Yakin they scored 15 goals and conceded just two goals to qualify for their fifth consecutive World Cup finals.

They have good support on the porch: Yann Sommer, who has saved five consecutive penalties with the national team.

The Indomitable Lions return

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Quarterfinalist of the 1990 World Cup, Cameroon will participate in this competition for the eighth time. Jean-Eric Choupo-Moting and Vincent Aboubakar lead the list of 26 summoned by the coach Rigobert Song. The ‘Indomitable Lions’ also include footballers who are causing an impact, such as Zambo Anguissa in Italian Naples, or the striker Karl Toko Ekambi, French Lyon attacker who was the author of the agonizing goal against Algeria that gave them qualification for the final phase of the World Cup.

Five-time champions Brazil seeks to respond to favoritism in Group G