Brazil names 23-man preliminary roster for 2018 World Cup, includes Fagner, Geromel, Taison
Most teams put out a 35-man preliminary roster ahead of the World Cup, Mexico only announced a 28-man roster, but Brazil took it a step further and publicly announced a 23-man preliminary roster. There is a full 35-man roster for Brazil, but manager Tite has said that it will not be publicly announced.
For now, the 23-man list includes some predictable names like Neymar, Marcelo, Thiago Silva, Willian, Roberto Firmino and Phillippe Coutinho. Tite’s squad also includes some surprises like Shakhtar Donetsk’s Taison, Gremio’s Geromel and Renato Augusto, who plays in China.
One of the major questions heading into the announcement of this preliminary roster was also, who would replace the injured Dani Alves. Tite decided to go for Fagner, who has played in Europe with PSV Eindhoven and Wolfsburg and has been with Corinthians since 2014.
The Provisional squad includes 19 players that play their football in Europe, including six that play in the English Premier League, five that play in La Liga and three that play in the Italian Serie A. The unofficial World Cup roster also includes three players that play with PSG in the French Ligue 1 and two players that are with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.
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The rest of Tite’s players all play domestically in Brazil with the exception of Renato Augusto, who as previously mentioned plays in China. It is unclear as to who is on the 35-man roster, but some of the players may include Alex Sandro, Luan, Arthur, Rafinha and Fabinho.
Brazil is one of the favorites to conquer the world in Russia this summer and will surely progress far in the competition.