The Brazilian Football Federation announced on Friday that the national team will face Ghana and Tunisia in September in preparation for the Qatar World Cup, with the players looking to secure their place in the 26-man squad that will take part in the tournament more late this year. The Brazilian federation, or CBF, said on its website that the matches will take place on September 23 and 27 at yet-to-be-announced venues in Europe.
Head coach Tite will announce his shortlist for the friendlies on September 9. Brazil top the FIFA World Rankings and are among the favorites to win the World Cup, which will be played in Qatar from November 20 to December 18.
Tite told Reuters last month he was excited about the rise of young players who shot to fame last season and will be available for the Qatar national team, easing the pressure on the Paris St-Germain superstar Neymar. Seeking to win a record sixth World Cup, Brazil are set to face Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G, which begins on November 24.
Ghana will meet South Korea, Portugal and Uruguay in Group H and could face Brazil in a possible Round of 16. Tunisia will be in Group D, facing Australia, Denmark and reigning world champions France.
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