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Brazil could send 'least Brazilian' team of all time to World Cup in Russia

Brazil could send 'least Brazilian' team of all time to World Cup in Russia
From ESPN - March 21, 2018

Brazil could be sending the "least Brazilian" team of all time to the 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer, as manager Tite's reliance on foreign-based players continues to increase.

Of the current list of those called up by Tite for friendlies against Russia (March 23, in Moscow) and Germany (March 27, in Berlin), there are only three players that play in Brazilian clubs: right-back Fagner, of Corinthians, and centre-backsGeromel of Gremio and Rodrigo Caio of Sao Paulo.

This marks a huge contrast with the manager's first call-ups when he took over the national team, in June of 2016, after Dunga's departure.

Tite's Aug. 2016 picks featured eight players from Brazilian teams: goalkeepers Marcelo Grohe (Gremio) and Weverton (Atletico Paranaense), centre-backRodrigo Caio, right-back Fagner, midfielder Rafael Carioca (Atletico Mineiro), playmaker Lucas Lima (Santos) and forwards Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras) and Gabriel "Gabigol" Barbosa (Santos).

Tite's "forgetfulness" regarding players who work on Brazil soil could indicate that, in the World Cup which begins in June, Brazil might have its "least Brazilian" team of all time.

The forecast is that only two "Brazilian players" will go to Russia. Who has their place most guaranteed is Fagner, who worked with Tite in their time together at Corinthians. While in the other spot, the Brazil boss probably has to choose between Rodrigo Caio and Geromel.

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