Brazil favorite to win tournament

Brazil has managed to qualify for the knock-out stage by beating Serbia 2-0 and has now become the favorite to win the tournament. Indeed with the elimination of Germany, the Brazilian side seems to be the strongest side in this tournament and it will be a surprise that they do not lift the trophy in July.

However, the road to the final will not be easy and they will first have to beat Mexico in the next round. The Mexican has been impressive since the start of the tournament and they will be a tough opponent for the Brazilian side.

Roma Goalkeeper Happy To Be Associated With Liverpool

Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson has admitted that the ongoing transfer link with Liverpool makes him happy. The 25-year-old has caught the eye of several elite clubs after impressing for AS Roma this term and the shot-stopper is undecided where his future would lie beyond this summer’s transfer window.

Monchi: The Transfer Market Has Gone Crazy Because Of Neymar

AS Roma sporting director Monchi believes the transfer market has gone crazy since Neymar’s world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain last summer. The Brazil international had achieved plenty of silverware during his time at Barcelona, but he opted for a surprise switch to Parc des Princes in order to enhance his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or title.

Roberto Carlos Backs Brazil To Win The 2018 World Cup

Roberto Carlos has backed Brazil to come up triumphs at this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. The South American nation suffered a shock 7-1 drowning at the hands of Germany in the semi-final stage four years ago, but the 44-year-old believes the current crop of players are capable of beating Joachim Loew’s side to the crown.

Frank Lampard praises Willian after Barcelona display

Chelsea favourite Frank Lampard was impressed with the performance of Willian during the Blues' 1-1 draw versus Barcelona in the first-leg of the Champions League round of 16. The Brazil international put in one of the best performances of his Blues career on the night, and he was unfortunate to have not bagged a hat-trick versus the Catalan giants.

Jamie Carragher want Liverpool to avoid winter sale of Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool would be making huge mistakes by cashing in on Philippe Coutinho during the winter transfer window. The Brazil international is currently nursing an injury, but sources suggest that he may have played his final game in the Reds shirt.

Carragher has often spoken about the qualities Coutinho brings to the Merseyside outfit, and writing on Twitter, the Reds great urged the club to finalise a pre-contract agreement similar to that of RB Leipzig's Naby Keita, he wrote: "Best thing @LFC is agree the BIG fee for Coutinho to go in the summer like we’ve done with Keita, not now. What do the club gain by doing it now? Top 4 & CL progression seriously risked if they sell in Jan, & difficult to replace him now. If he goes on strike he damages himself."

Tite Highlights Difficulty with World Cup Qualifying

Brazil’s national team coach Tite claims that the failure of Italy to reach the World Cup 2018 shows the scale of the issue for teams trying to reach the competition. Despite being former champions, Italy failed to reach the event for the first time since 1958. They were edged out by Sweden in a play-off game. This was a major disappointment for one of the big guns in the world. Even though Brazil did not face such issues during the current campaign, Tite has once again highlighted that even the big teams are not immune from being knocked out of the World Cup.

Italy have been doing rather poorly in terms of the international competitions. Only during a brief spell of Antonio Conte did the fortunes improve. Brazil are regarded as the top dog in South American football, but the national team has come under criticism for the recent poor performances at the Copa America and the 2014 World Cup. There is a lot of expectation on Brazil, who have been able to qualify as top of the table outfit in the South American qualification group, to perform well in Russia. Tite knows that it will not be easy especially with the team coming in with some mixed results over the last few months. Draws against the likes of Colombia and Bolivia have not raised confidence within the team.

Marquinhos relishing Brazil homecoming at Parc des Princes

Brazil international Marquinhos is excited by the prospect of playing for his nation in France. The centre-back has been plying his trade for Paris Saint-Germain since 2013, and he is now relishing the chance to play for Selecao in a country which is very much his home.

Speaking in the lead-up to the Japan friendly in Lille, Marquinhos is pleased to have his fellow teammates in the French capital, where they have been allowed to training Paris Saint-Germain home stadium, he said, “It’s quite something to bring your international teammates home. I’m really moved to have them here even if there are quite a few Brazilians in Paris. Coming back here with the other players is really something, I feel very emotional training with Brazil here at the Parc des Princes.”

Neymar's father urged him to stay at Barcelona

Brazil international Neymar has made a sparkling start to his Paris Saint-Germain career, but the move would not have happened, had he listened to his father's advice.

Neymar Sr. had urged his son to snub a world-record move to Les Parisiens in order to stay put with Barcelona.

Speaking on TF1's Telefoot, Neymar Sr admitted that he was reluctant to see his son leave the Camp Nou, but ultimately supported the forward's decision to move to the French capital, he said: "I was the one who hesitated until the last moment. I told him that the best choice was to stay but he wanted to take a risk. It was difficult, but Neymar wanted this challenge and we supported him. We were all proud when he was presented at PSG. To see Neymar projected onto the Eiffel Tower was incredible. He loves everything here."

Jurgen Klopp hints Philippe Coutinho could play versus Manchester City

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Philippe Coutinho is in line to make his first appearance of the season when the Reds take on Manchester City this weekend.

The Brazil international was desperate to seal a move to Barcelona during this summer's transfer window, but he was eventually forced to stay after the Reds turned down multiple bids from the Catalan giants.