Six years ago, Titi announced his first-choice list.  See the fate of every athlete

Six years ago, Titi announced his first-choice list. See the fate of every athlete

On August 22, 2016, coach Tite made his first call-up as head coach of the Brazilian national team. Amidst the lack of confidence after the elimination in the group stage of the Copa America Centenario, 2016, and the poor campaign in the Russian Cup qualifiers, in sixth place, the coach called up 23 athletes for the matches against Ecuador and Colombia, for the qualifiers.

The list was released two days after the unprecedented victory for Olympic gold at the Rio 2016 Games. Of the champions, Weaverton, Renato Augusto, Neymar, Marquinhos, Rodrigo Caio, Gabigol and Gabriel Jesus. Other names such as Gil, Fagner and Paulinho were chosen, as well as Renato Augusto, who worked with Tite in the Corinthians.

Tite on the day of the 2016 National Team Presentation Conference – Photo: Brazilian Football Confederation

Check in the list below the fate of each athlete in clubs and the national team:

Alison – Standing from the very beginning of the tournament, he was the goalkeeper in Rome, and already earned a prominent place in the Italian championship. Then he went to Liverpool where he won the Premier League and the Champions League and was named the best goalkeeper in the world. He’s the right name in Qatar and he should be the first player in another cup tournament.

Alisson and Tate talking during training with the Brazilian national team – Photo: Lucas Figueiredo / Brazilian Football Confederation

Marcelo Grohe – Prominent in Brazilian football, Grohe has been called before. In 2016 and 2017, he lived the peak of his career, winning the Copa del Rey and Libertadores with Grêmio. But she did not go to the World Cup, and at the end of 2018 she was sold to the Arab world, where she remains today.

Weaverton – It was the goalkeeper of Atletico – PR, when Fernando Brass was injured on the eve of the Olympics and dismissed from the national team. After making an appearance at Rio 2016, and taking a penalty in the final, he was called up for the first time to the main event. In 2018, he went to Palmeiras, where he won two Libertadores and Brazilian titles and the Copa del Rey. It is also the correct name for the upcoming cup.

generation – One of the shortlisted names in Chinese football, Jill had won the 2015 Brazilian League title with Tite at Corinthians, months before the coach took charge of the national team. He has returned to Corinth.

Marquinhos – At the age of 22, he was already prominent in Paris Saint-Germain. After the Olympic gold medal, he earned another spot in the selection and was a key player during the qualifier race. In Russia, it was the Miranda Protectorate. Today he is one of the best defenders in the world, and a staple in the Tite system.

Marquinhos in Japan vs Brazil – Photo: Lucas Figueiredo / CBF

Miranda – He was one of the most experienced players on the list. Called a regular before, the defender established himself as a key player in the 2018 World Cup and was part of the Copa America squad in 2019. He then went to Chinese football and returned to Sao Paulo in 2021.

Rodrigo Cayo – age 23, He had a start at Rio 2016 and was called up to the first list. After a period of instability in São Paulo, he had the best stages of his career at Flamengo, where he was the champion of the Libertadores and the Brazilian duo. Had it not been for the injuries, he would have been strong on the radar for Qatar.

Jeromel – He was called up to this list after Rodrigo Caillou was cut, due to injury, the Grêmio defender played only two games for Tite, but cemented himself as the fourth choice defense in the World Cup squad due to his good seasons at Grêmio. After Russia, it is no longer called. Geromel remains in Gremio.

Daniel Alves – At Juventus, Danny had just left Barcelona. He missed the 2018 World Cup due to injury. After a period in Paris Saint-Germain, he came to Sao Paulo after being elected as the best player in the Copa America 2019. Tricolor Paulista’s tenure did not miss the fans. Today he is in Mexico and is not having a good time.

Wagner – Plus Jill, the Brazilian champion in Corinthians and Tate’s trusted man. He was first called up to the national team on that list and was a key player at the last World Cup, after Danilo was injured. He’s been at Timão since 2015, but left on the full-back list and hasn’t been remembered since 2019.

Philippe Lewis – With a boosted career in Europe with spells at Atletico Madrid and Chelsea, he was suspicious of fans on Brazilian soil. He even participated in some matches in Russia. With the victory period at Flamengo, all doubts have been resolved, but since the 2019 Copa America he has not been called up again.

Marcelo – A multi-champion at Real Madrid and considered one of the best defenders in the world, Marcelo lived with injuries until Russia. Elimination against Belgium was the team’s last game for Brazil. No club.

Casemiro – He established himself as the absolute holder of the selection with Titi, after his arrival. Over time, he became one of the leaders of Brazil and won the cups at Real Madrid, making history with Modric and Kroos in the middle. Now, he has gone to Manchester United in search of challenges.

Casemiro goal Brazil Ecuador – Photo: Rodrigo Buendia / EFE

Paulinho – The return of the steering wheel was one of the most important novelties on the list at the time. In China, after an unsuccessful visit to Europe, Paulinho was Tite’s trusted name, working with him from 2011 to 2013 in Corinthians. He was a regular fixture in Russia in 2018, but lost space in renewal after the Cup.

Renato Augusto – Another trusted name for Tite, the midfielder was a regular fixture throughout the entire tournament until 2018, even in China. He did not go to Russia 100% due to physical problems and injuries. He also lost space after the renovation, and returned to Corinth, like Paulinio.

Rafael Carioca – With a prominent position in Atlético-MG, he was called up for the first time for selection on this list. However, he never made it to the field. He has been playing Mexican football since 2017.

Giuliano – The midfielder has not been called up for selection in four years. A newcomer to Zenit, coming from Grêmio, was called up several times in Tite’s first year, but never had much fame. He played for Turkish and Arab football before returning to Brazil, where he plays in Corinthians.

Lucas Lima – On a fantastic stage at Santos, he was called up by Tite in the first half of the national team. He didn’t have many minutes, as he had done with Dunga before. After going to Palmeiras, he did not play the good football that he expected. It is in the castle.

Coutinho – Shining at Liverpool, he played a leading role with Tite in the attacking trio with Neymar and Gabriel Jesus enchanted. In Russia, and in another role, he was one of the best players in the cup. After leaving for Barcelona, ​​he suffered through ups, downs and injuries, was loaned to Bayern, and sold to Aston Villa. He regained confidence in the last qualifiers and he is the right name in Qatar.

Philippe Coutinho celebrates a goal in Brazil’s 4-0 victory over Paraguay – Photo: Lucas Figueiredo / CBF

William – He was a key player in the beginning of Tite’s qualifying campaign and reached Russia among the 11, especially after the injury of Renato Augusto, when Coutinho played more in the middle. Without much fame, he became a reserve in renewal until the Copa America in 19 and then lost space, especially after Chelsea left Arsenal. He returned to Brazil in 2021, but disappointed Corinthians fans. No club.

Tyson – As he was first called up, the striker came from regular seasons in Shakhtar Donetsk. He was among the 23 at the World Cup, but he did not enter the field in Russia. He returned to Internacional, where he was revealed, in 2021.

Gabriel Jesus – The Brazilian’s top scorer (and future champion) for Almairas, the 19-year-old striker has been called up for the first time on this list. He’s the Tite Era’s deputy scorer, but was marked by the void in the cup. After his hesitation, he left Manchester City in search of more minutes and is in a great stage with Arsenal. In recent friendlies, he broke the fast for three years without scoring for the national team. It’s the right name in Qatar!

Gabriel Jesus, Brazil, South Korea – Photo: Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images

Gabigol – Starting as the top scorer in Santos, Gabriel left the Olympics directly to the first team, where he was called up for the first time. After a frustrating passage through Europe, he returned to Santos, took the title of top scorer again, and reached Flamengo, where he became an idol, with decisive goals in the victories of the Libertadores and the Brazilian Championship twice. It’s on Qatar’s radar, but the odds are low.

Neymar – From the very first moment of Tite, he was the technical reference of choice. The player with the most goals and assists for Amarlinha in these six years, Neymar was at Barcelona in 2016. The move to Paris Saint-Germain, injuries, World Cup delays, off-field controversy later… Neymar remains the national team reference and begins an amazing season in PSG, more focused than ever. Hope for a title in Qatar is Neymar in good health and 100% happy.

Neymar celebrates the goal in Japan v Brazil – Photo: Lucas Figueiredo / CBF

  • 74 matches
  • 55 wins
  • 14 draw
  • 5 losses
  • 158 goals scored
  • 26 goals conceded
  • use 79.56%

With the Seleção, Tite reached sixth place in qualifying. Brazil had ten wins and two draws in 12 matches and took first place in the competition. At the World Cup, she fell in the quarter-final against Belgium. He won the Copa America in 2019, over Peru, and was runner-up in 2021, for Argentina, in the Maracana.

In qualifying for Qatar, Brazil finished first without defeat, with 14 wins and three draws in 17 matches. The national team is in Group G in the World Cup with Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.

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