Alisson focused on World Cup as transfer talk rumbles


Pele, nicknamed "O Rei" (The King), is still considered the greatest player of all time and is the only player to have won three World Cups, having been involved in all of Brazil's victories in 1958, 1962 and 1970. Look at the work done by the new coach, Tite.

Roberto Firmino and Brazil are heading into the World Cup in fine form after beating Austria 3-0 in their final pre-tournament friendly on Sunday. He also scored in the team's 3-0 win over Austria on Sunday.

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.

The Paris St Germain forward scored his 55th worldwide goal during the 3-0 win over Austria on Sunday to go level with Romario and sit joint-third in Brazil's all-time scoring charts.

On Brasil, Raísa Simplicio also noted Coutinho's importance in branding him the "ritmista" of the national team - a samba term given to one who dictates the rhythm of the beat and a specialist in percussion instruments - who "shone like a maestro" and is prepared for his role at the World Cup.

In less than two years on the job, Adenor Leonardo Bachi - better known as Tite - has turned Brazil from a flop into a title favorite.

Just like the last World Cup four years ago, many familiar teams such as Spain, Uruguay, Portugal, Japan, and defending champion Germany will be participating.

Sunday's match suggested that Brazil could start the World Cup in Russian Federation with the attacking quartet of Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Gabriel Jesus and Neymar.

The five-time world champions will live at the Swissotel Resort Sochi Kamelia and train at the the Yug-Sport stadium. "His technical and creative capacity is impressive. In the last third of the field, he is lethal".

Boss Tite will have been pleased to see the relaxed atmosphere at the session.

"The concentration and competitiveness of the team were laudable", he added. Today this team has set an example and is maturing.

"We're not as good as we're made out to be, or as some think we are", midfielder Toni Kroos said.

"But I do like our manager, I like our system and we have a couple of match winners in there".

Brazil has its own hotel wing and meetings rooms have been transformed into areas where players can meet with family members and friends on days off.

Brazil was heavily favored to win the title in Germany with a team that included Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Kaka and Adriano, but it was eliminated by France in the quarterfinals.

Argentina launch their campaign against Iceland on Saturday, with games to follow against Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.