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 By Tim Vickery

Neymar and Brazil teammates get chance at redemption vs. Switzerland

ESPN Brasil's Rubens Pozzi breaks down Brazil's opponents in Group E of the World Cup: Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.
The ESPN FC crew break down Brazil's Group E which contains Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.
Jorge Ramos breaks down each of the five qualified South American teams' groups following the World Cup draw.

Neymar promises to be one of the big stories of Russia 2018. The Brazil star will be 26 at the time the competition is played and will be looking to create brighter memories than four years ago. This is the World Cup that comes closest to catching him at his peak, the tournament when he will seek to make his definitive statement as an international footballer. And it could hardly get off to a more intriguing start.

Brazil open their campaign on June 17 against Switzerland -- wonderfully...

SPI: Brazil most likely to win World Cup 2018 ahead of Spain, Germany

ESPN FC'S Gab Marcotti and Craig Burley each make cases for Spain and Portugal to win Group B.
Dan Thomas and the FC crew believe the top-seeded countries will all be delighted with their matchups at the World Cup.
The ESPN FC crew break down Brazil's Group E which contains Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.
Following the draw for the 2018 World Cup, Gary Lineker explains why he thinks Group B is the toughest group.

The FIFA World Cup draw was held Friday and the 32 teams found out their groups for the tournament next summer. Let's take a look at the draw results with assistance from FiveThirtyEight's Soccer Power Index (SPI):

Two groups contain multiple teams in the top 10 of SPI. Group B has No. 7-ranked Portugal and No. 2-ranked Spain, who will face off in their opening match. Spain eliminated Portugal in the round of 16 of the 2010 World Cup and the semifinals of Euro 2012. This is the most difficult group...

World Cup Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia

The ESPN FC crew discuss the World Cup draw.
The ESPN FC crew discuss the World Cup draw.

This has the feel of a pretty competitive group. Brazil, the second seeds, come up against the third-best teams in pot 2 and 3 and the best-ranked side in pot 4. Considering Brazil's history and tradition, and their form under Tite, they probably won't be worried, but it could have gone better.

Predicted finish

1. Brazil -- The Selecao qualified top of the toughest confederation with four games to spare and look the real deal under Tite.

2. Switzerland -- Below Brazil it's really...

 By Tim Vickery

England's handling of selfish Neymar a blueprint for slowing down Brazil

While the first meeting between Coach Tite's Brazil squad and a European opponent was a low-key game, it was, nevertheless, a valuable experience -- for both sides.

This was not the kind of test that Germany, Brazil's opponent in March, will provide. England did not look to dominate possession. England's manager Gareth Southgate confessed that his players were so wary of Brazil's attack that their first thought was to defend.

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In fact, this strategy may be frequently used during next year's World...

 By Nick Miller

Inexperienced England stifle, earn admirable draw vs. full-strength Brazil

LONDON -- Here are three points from Wembley as England and Brazil played out a 0-0 draw in an international friendly.

1. Goalless draw uneventful but not pointless

Two friendlies, 180 minutes, 20 players used and no goals. Those bare facts might lead you to conclude that England's two games over this last week have been a waste of time. That would be the negative spin, but the positive is that Gareth Southgate's severely depleted side have not lost to two of the favourites for next summer's...

 By Chris Wright

Neymar nutmegs Brazil teammate Gabriel Jesus on Wembley sideline

As well a trophy-laden career and a claim to being the most expensive footballer in the entire history of the sport, Neymar can now also boast that he's successfully managed to nutmeg Jesus.

Gabriel Jesus, that is.

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Oblivious to the ruse, the Manchester City striker found himself on the wrong end of a stealthy nutmeg from his international teammate while Brazil warmed up at Wembley ahead of their friendly against England on Tuesday evening.

What a lark.

Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.