BRAZIL were stars of the late, late show in their matchCosta Rica last Sunday.
And fans of the Selecao will be desperate for a more comfortable viewing tonight against Serbia with Tite’s side still having work to do to secure a place in the knockout stages.
Who is Brazil captain against Serbia?
Inter centre-back Joao Miranda will lead the Brazil side out into the Otkrytie Arena tonight for their crunch game against Serbia.
He commented: “It is an honour for me to be a captain in a team of many captains.
“If I will wear the armband in case we reach the final? If I do and we win, I will be very happy. And if I don’t and we win, I will also be very happy.”
In defence of his decision to name the defender skipper, Tite said: “You will see for yourselves why I chose Miranda as captain.”
Do Brazil have a permanent captain?
It has been Brazilian tradition to rotate the captaincy since Neymar stepped down as permanent national team captain in 2016.
No nonsense centre-back Thiago Silva – who considered retiring from football aged 21 – has 73 caps and has captained Brazil several times, including at the World Cup 4 years ago; but the 33-year-old has had a rough ride since their infamous 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany.
Silva was controversially stripped of Brazil’s captaincy and dropped completely from the squad in the aftermath of that embarrassing exit.
Neymar assumed the role until 2016, stepping down following Brazil football’s gold medal-winning campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Miranda is the third man to captain Brazil at this World Cup, keeping up Tite’s record of naming a different captain in every game of the competition.
He is also the 17th Brazil captain since the former Corinthians boss took charge.
Marcelo was the skipper against Switzerland with Thiago Silva wearing the armband against Corinthians.
Since Tite took over in 2016, the armband has been worn by at least 17 different players in an unofficial capacity.
Marcelo was given this honour for Brazil’s opening World Cup 2018 group game against Switzerland; while Silva wore the armband against Costa Rica for the first time since June 2017.
Miranda – who chose to play in defence after his brother, a promising defender himself, tragically died aged 6 – will be the bearer of leadership tonight against Serbia.
He said: “It is an honour for me to be a captain in a team of many captains. If I will wear the armband in case we reach the final? If I do and we win, I will be very happy. And if I don’t and we win, I will also be very happy.”