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David Luiz in, Neymar out of Brazil's friendly squad to face Argentina

The FC panel debate the best team in international football and highlight Brazil's impressive resurgence.
Gab Marcotti and Alejandro Moreno enthusiastically debate whether Brazil can be called the world's best team right now.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Neymar was left off the Brazil squad that will travel to Australia for a pair of friendly matches next month.

Brazil coach Tite said Friday that the Barcelona striker will instead take some much-needed vacation to be better prepared for next year's World Cup in Russia.

"I heard that whatever was best for Brazil we should do, regardless of names," Tite said at Brazil's headquarters. "[Neymar] needs an interruption so he can be in top physical form in 2018."

Brazil will play Argentina...

Kaka: 'Tite is doing a great job for the Brazilian national team'

The FC panel debate the best team in international football and highlight Brazil's impressive resurgence.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno delves into Neymar's role for Brazil, focusing in on how he's matured on and off the pitch.
Gab Marcotti and Alejandro Moreno enthusiastically debate whether Brazil can be called the world's best team right now.

SAN JOSE, California -- Orlando City and former Brazil national team midfielder Kaka has lauded the work of Brazil national team manager Tite.

Thanks to an eight-game winning streak in World Cup qualifying, the Selecao sit atop the standings in South America, a whopping nine points ahead of second-placed Colombia. Qualification to Russia has already been clinched.

"Tite is doing a great job for the Brazilian national team," Kaka said in an exclusive interview with ESPN FC. "I think Brazil will arrive...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Ronaldinho academy won't open in Singapore after company shuts down

Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts highlight Singapore's high-profile June friendly against Argentina, and the pending FA election.
Tampines chairman Krishna Ramachandran and Ronaldinho
Ronaldinho with Tampines chairman Krishna Ramachandra, who says the club has cut ties with the Brazil legend.

A Singapore junior academy, led by former Brazil star Ronaldinho, has closed down without conducting any training sessions.

It was the subject of a media frenzy and lavish launch in December 2015, with Ronaldinho flying into the island nation. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed to partner S.League club Tampines Rovers.

But International Football Group (IFG), who were supposed to set up the academy, ended operations in January after staff complained that their wages were not being paid.

Tampines...

Neymar makes Time Magazine's 100 most influential people list

The ESPN FC panel debate if their quarterfinal loss to Juventus signals the end of Barcelona's reign over Europe and Spain.
Barcelona's front three produced very little against a resolute Juventus defense and bow out quietly from the UEFA Champions League.
The crew answer your tweets on refereeing decisions at the Bernabeu and whether or not Juventus could beat Real Madrid.

Barcelona and Brazil forward Neymar is the only football player who has been named in Time Magazine's 100 most influential people on the planet.

Neymar is included in the "Icon" section of a list which also includes fellow sports stars LeBron James and Tom Brady.

Having joined Barcelona from Santos in 2013, Neymar's reputation has grown steadily alongside five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi.

Now 25, he is widely viewed as the player most likely to take over from Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Barcelona's Neymar: Gabriel Jesus, Griezmann among 'new Neymars'

Man City's Gabriel Jesus discusses playing in the International Champions Cup, adapting to the Prem and playing for Pep Guardiola.

Barcelona and Brazil forward Neymar has professed his "love" of countryman Gabriel Jesus' play, and counts him along with Antoine Griezmann as the next generation of superstars. 

At just 19, Gabriel has already taken over striker duties for five-time world champions Brazil, and his sensational opening spell with Manchester City, in which he briefly relegated Sergio Aguero to the bench, validated the lofty expectations upon moving to City from Palmeiras in the winter window.

His rise at City...