The new World Cup cycle begins for the Brazilian Team. This Saturday night, Brazil faces Morocco, in a friendly to be played at the opponent’s home. The ball will roll from 7 pm (Brasília time), at the Ibn Batouta Stadium, in Tangier.
The national team returns to the field to start a new phase after the 2022 World Cup, in which it was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Croatia, on penalties. Revamped, Brazil begins the new cycle in search of renewal, starting with the technical command.
Tite and his assistants left office after the World Cup. Still without a defined replacement, the national team will have Ramon Menezes in the first appointment of 2023. The coach, who won the South American sub-20 last month, takes over on an interim basis.
The squad for the friendly match against Morocco is full of news. Without Neymar and other experienced names of the last generation, such as Alisson and Thiago Silva, the initial list of the Selection had only 11 athletes who played in the World Cup in Qatar. However, that number dropped to nine, with the cuts of Marquinhos and Richarlison, injured.
On the other hand, the number of players called up for the first time rose from nine to ten, with the call-up of Yuri Alberto, from Corinthians. In addition to him, the team has seven other players who play in Brazilian football. They are: goalkeepers Mycael (Athletico-PR) and Weverton (Palmeiras), lateral Arthur (América-MG), midfielders André (Fluminense) and Raphael Veiga (Palmeiras) and forwards Rony (Palmeiras) and Vitor Roque (Athletico-PR).
On the other side of the confrontation, Morocco meets the fans after a historic campaign in the last World Cup. Exceeding expectations, the Moroccans were the big surprise at the World Cup in Qatar and finished the competition in fourth place, after falling to France in the semifinals.
Also with an eye on a new cycle, Morocco continues with prominent names in European football, such as goalkeeper Bounou, winger Hakimi and striker Ziyech. Playing at home, the Moroccans try to surprise the Brazilian team to celebrate the good result in the last World Cup in a festive atmosphere.
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MOROCCO X BRAZIL
Local: Ibn Batouta Stadium, Tangier, Morocco
Data: March 25, 2023, Saturday
Time: 19:00 (from Brasilia)
Referee: Not disclosed
assistants: Not disclosed
MOROCCO: Bounou; Hakimi, Aguerd (Yamiq), Saiss e Mazraoui (Allah); Ounahi, Amrabat e Sabiri; Ziyech, En-Nesyri and Boufal.
Technician: Walid Reragui
BRAZIL: Ederson, Emerson Royal, Militão, Ibañez and Alex Telles; Casemiro, Andrey Santos and Lucas Paquetá; Vinícius Junior, Rodrygo and Rony.
Technician: Ramon Menezes (interim)
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