Tite announces first squad as Brazil boss for World Cup qualifying double-header
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Tite announces first squad as Brazil boss for World Cup qualifying double-header

There is no room for either of Oscar or Lucas Moura as Brazil's manager reveals his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifying against Ecuador and Colombia.

Najeeb Ibrahim

Newly-appointed Brazil manager Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, better known as Tite, has announced his first 23-man squad for his side's next two World Cup qualifiers.

Tite became Brazil manager in June 2016 after former coach Dunga was fired following Brazil's below-par performance at Copa America Centenario, where they crashed out in the group stages.

In a press conference before he made the team announcement, Tite took a time to congratulate Selecao Olympica coach Rogerio Micale and the technical committee who have worked hard to delivered the country its first ever Olympic gold medal in men's football.

The 55-year-old coach added seven of the Olympic-winning squad to his selection and told the press: "My list was submitted seven days ago. FIFA rules were strict. So I could not make changes depending on players performance in later stages of the Olympics."

Brazil will face Ecuador on September 1 at Quito before they travel back home where they will play against Colombia just six days later, both in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. 

Marcelo, Miranda, Dani Alves and Filipe Luis were among those to make the cut, while Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Silva, David Luiz and Lucas Moura were left out.

When asked whether Thiago Silva has the opportunity to be back in the squad for the World Cup, Tite answered: "The players I didn't select from Europe are either not fit or injured."

He also added:" The list is for only next two games, I choose players who I believe are ready. the list could be different in other rounds."

Tite's list features three players from different Chinese clubs, including former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho who fell out of favor in the national team since 2014. But his immense form for his current club Guangzhou Evergrande has earned him a recall. 

Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, Tite.
Tite was formerly manager of Corinthians. (Picture: Getty Images)

Nevertheless, Tite clarified to the media that his selection is based on players who are in form, not the best players generally. He declared that he wants "the team to play well and win" so he "gave the chance to players who are currently in form at their respective clubs" even if not "the best players in general."

He continued: "I choose the best players in their position depending on many factors. I don't want who's the best, I want who is in form."

Brazil squad in full:


             Player                       Club
Alisson Roma
Marcelo Grohe Gremio
Weverton Atletico Paranaense


           Player                     Club
Gil Shandong Luneng
Marquinhos Paris Saint-German
Miranda Internazionale
Rodrigo Caio Sao Paulo
Dani Alves Juventus
Marcelo Real Madrid
Felipe Luis Atletico Madrid
Fagner Corinthians


        Player                    Club
Casemiro Real Madrid
Giuliano Zenit Petersburg
Lucas Lima Santos F.C
Renato Augusto Beijing Guoan
Paulinho Guangzhou Evergrande
Philippe Coutinho Liverpool
Rafael Carioca Atletico Mineiro
Willian Chelsea


         Player                   Club
Neymar Barcelona
Gabriel Barbosa Gabigol Santos F.C
Gabriel Jesus S.C Palmeiras
Taison Shakhtar Donestk

Olympic champion Renato Augusto and teammates Gil, Fagner, Guiliano, Taison and Paulinho all previously trained under Tite at different clubs.

Chelsea's Willian is included in the squad. (Picture: Getty Images)

Chelsea forward Willian has an injury but it is unknown whether he will be fit in time for the games or not. In case he can't make the squad, Tite has insisted that he can be replaced.