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Unusually for Brazil, they go to a World Cup minus a plodding, disliked and distinctly average centre-forward. He scored his 55th global goal in Brazil's 3-0 warm-up win over Austria on Sunday. Neymar's levity in movement and gaiety in the game befitted Brazil's talisman. "I think this is the moment we'll see the best of Brazilian football again", the 45-year-old said. The advert, for a major bank, features a rousing patchwork of aphorisms delivered by the Brazil coach, Adenor Leonardo Bacchi. With the likes of Renato Augusto and Douglas Costa available to help provide pace and technical ability, Brazil's midfield will be effective. "When we get him in the last third of the field he is lethal".

The Brazilians made the journey with their confidence boosted after Neymar marked his first start in more than three months by scoring in the victory over the Austrians in Vienna. Without Neymar, the Selecão had struggled against Luka Modric's team, who pressed high in the first half.

Also, Brazil is playing for redemption. The distribution and transition in midfield, a trio of Casemiro, Fernandinho and Paulhino, Tite's preferred choices against stronger opposition, were non-existent.

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. The five-time world champions are feeling quite at home at the tourist destination by the Black Sea, enjoying warm temperatures and a private beach.

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.


Loew favors a fast-paced possession-based game, pressing opponents to recover the ball and switching quickly from defense to attack.

Of the 23 players that Tite has selected only five remain from the squad that was so severely dumped from the competition in 2014. By now, teams from Europe had begun to hear about the young trickster with quick feet and foreign scouts started turning up to watch the prodigy play. You have to play with speed and compactness.

"Eight fouls - that shows that we use aggressive marking to try and win the ball and then come out playing", he said after Sunday's game, the last before their World Cup Group E opening game against Switzerland on Sunday. The Austrians have geographic proximity to Switzerland, but their game style is different.

Despite Brazil's chances looking up, coach Tite remains little-known outside his own country where he has spent almost entire career, coaching more than 10 teams, and including three stints at domestic club Corinthians where he made his name. It's the formation Costa Rica also apply.

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