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Ghana is the best possible opponent for Brazil in the preliminary cup

Tite will surely prefer to see the Brazil crew face France, England, Spain, Belgium, Portugal or one other main crew on the European stage earlier than the World Cup.

But with the UEFA Nations League calendar stopping us from dealing with groups from the outdated continent, there actually wasn’t a greater contender than Ghana for the five-time world soccer champions at the second.

The African crew has been chosen by the CBF for at present’s pleasant beginning at 15:30 (GMT) in Le Havre (France) as a consequence of their similarity to Cameroon, Brazil’s solely non-European rivals in the group stage. Qatar-2022.

The first issue of the proximity of the two picks is, after all, geographical.

Ghana and Cameroon should not solely on the similar continent but additionally in the similar area. The international locations are separated by lower than 2,000 km and are situated south of the Sahara desert. Because of this, their gamers have related biotypes, which actually impacts the sort of soccer they play.

In addition, each grew to become necessary forces on the worldwide stage in the transition from the Nineteen Eighties to the Nineteen Nineties (the Cameroonians with the senior crew and the Ghanaians with the under-17 and under-20 groups).

At the time, each had a really daring model of play, centered on the use of particular person abilities and improvisation, which finally remained in use after a long time and a long time of European teaching.

Although each are actually in the palms of African coaches (Rigobert Song is in cost of Cameroon and Otto Addo is in cost of Ghana), each groups at the moment play soccer primarily based on tactical rigour, bodily power and exploration of velocity.

These two international locations achieved the most necessary outcomes in the historical past of Africa at the World Cups. Brazil’s Qatar 2022 opponents had been four-finalists in 1990. The pleasant rivals equaled the feat in 2010.

The distinction is that Cameroon’s second is higher. Song’s crew, ranked thirty eighth by FIFA, was third at the final version of CAN (2021) and had the competitors’s high scorer Vincent Aboubakar, who defends Al-Nassr, from Saudi Arabia.

At the final continental match, Ghana didn’t even make it previous the group stage and is solely in sixtieth place in the rating of the best nationwide groups in the world. But in order to not do badly in Qatar, he accepted a number of European reinforcements at the final second, equivalent to the Spanish ahead Iñaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao) and the English right-back Tariq Lamptey (Brighton).

In addition to the undeniable fact that at present’s pleasant match will function a type of “luxurious coaching” for the showdown with Cameroon, it is additionally a chance to fulfill a possible opponent in the spherical of 16 of the cup.

The high two in Group G will meet the groups from Group H, which incorporates Portugal, Uruguay, South Korea and Ghana to be exact, in the first spherical of the decisive play-off.

The recreation in opposition to Cameroon, scheduled for December 2 at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, shall be Brazil’s final in the World Cup qualifiers in Qatar. Before that, Tite’s protégés have matches with Serbia (November 24) and Switzerland (November 28).

The 2022 Cup shall be held exterior of the regular schedule as a consequence of the warmth that is in the center of the yr in the Middle East. Therefore, it should begin on November 20, and the remaining shall be on December 18.

This shall be the final version of the FIFA match in the format used since 1998 in France. From the subsequent World Cup organized by the USA, Canada and Mexico, 48 members will compete for the title.

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