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 By Chris Wright

Neymar, Costa, Silva, Coutinho and Brazil flying high before World Cup

To help prepare for the World Cup, the Brazilian national team have set up a training camp high up in the mountains above Rio de Janeiro.

However, with the Granja Comary training centre being some 800 metres above the city with just a narrow winding road connecting the two, the Brazilian football federation have laid on some rather lavish transport for their players.

Neymar, Douglas Costa, Thiago Silva and Philippe Coutinho have all been spotted being helicoptered directly into the town of Teresopolis,...

By ESPN Staff

Neymar cannot escape fame in Brazil, no matter where he goes

Neymar's face is pretty much inescapable across Brazil.
Neymar's face is pretty much inescapable across Brazil.

This is a profile of Neymar, who is part of ESPN's World Fame 100.

Neymar is the biggest celebrity in Brazil. He's bigger than any other actor, singer or sportsman. Neymar is the guy when you're talking about fame.

No one there has more followers on social media. Neymar dominates on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. One picture of him, and there are millions of likes. One video and more millions of hearts appear.

Fame begets fame, right? In the case of Neymar, yes. After all, between breakups...

Brazil's Dani Alves enjoys fame, gets people talking, liking and sharing

Dani Alves does a lot to get people talking, liking and sharing.
Dani Alves does a lot to get people talking, liking and sharing.

This is a profile of Dani Alves, who is part of ESPN's World Fame 100.

Dani Alves likes fame. And he does a lot to get people talking, liking and sharing.

The social-network pages belonging to the Paris Saint-Germain defender are a paradise for his followers. There, Dani Alves shows his fashionable side through his new clothes and shoes. To some, he dictates fashion. To others, he is a little extravagant. For everybody, he is fun.

And that is not all. It is there that Dani Alves shows his artistic...

Brazil's Philippe Coutinho is famous because of his football

Philippe Coutinho's fame derives entirely from how he plays football.
Philippe Coutinho's fame derives entirely from how he plays football.

This is a profile of Philippe Coutinho, who is part of ESPN's World Fame 100.

He does not have the fame of Neymar, nor the charisma of Daniel Alves or Marcelo.

Philippe Coutinho's fame is nearly entirely associated with football.

The youngster first appeared in Vasco showing promise. He went to Inter Milan without a lot of fanfare, and later in much the same fashion to Espanyol. But it was in Liverpool where he exploded.

He became famous as a football player, and that made him a celebrity. The elite...

By ESPN Staff

Is Marcelo Brazil's best, most charismatic left-back?

Marcelo has established himself as one of the great left-backs in Brazil's history.
Marcelo has established himself as one of the great left-backs in Brazil's history.

This is a profile of Marcelo, who is part of ESPN's World Fame 100.

The curly-haired boy who showed great promise with the youth sides at Fluminense has won over Europe. Make that, the world. Marcelo is charismatic, with an easy smile that has led nearly 25 million fans to follow his photos on Instagram.

Marcelo has established himself as one of the great left-backs in Brazilian history. Many think he has eclipsed Roberto Carlos, who immortalized himself in that position.

Both had great success...

Brazil are more than Neymar as Selecao seek to avenge 2014 woe

Brazil have won a record-breaking five World Cups. Can Tite's men make it six in Russia?
The ESPN FC panel are joined by Raf Honigstein to dissect Brazil's chances of winning the World Cup following the release of their 23-man squad.
After humiliation on home soil for Brazil in 2014, Ian Darke and ESPN's expert panel feel redemption could be in the cards for Neymar and company.
Neymar will have help in Russia. Meet the players who can carry him and Brazil all the way to the final in Moscow.
Ian Darke leads the ESPN panel in predicting the 2018 World Cup winner with names of Germany, Brazil, France and England among the list.

The 2018 World Cup is just over a month away, and all 32 teams are preparing in earnest for their shot at the trophy in Russia. ESPN FC is previewing every team ahead of the opening game on June 14. Find all 32 teams here.

Who they are

Captain: Neymar
Manager: Tite
Nickname: Canarinho
FIFA rank (as of April 12, 2018): 2

How they qualified

Qualification began when Dunga was coach, and Brazil were not playing good soccer. When the coach was sacked, the team was in sixth place and...