Brazil to play Ghana and Tunisia in pre-World Cup friendlies

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Brazil’s football federation on Friday said the national team will face Ghana and Tunisia in September in preparation for the Qatar World Cup, with players looking to secure their spot in the 26-man squad playing in the tournament later this year.

The Brazilian federation, or CBF, said on its website that the matches will take place on Sept 23 and 27 at yet-to-be-announced venues in Europe.

Head coach Tite will announce his shortlist for the friendly matches on Sept. 9.

Brazil leads FIFA’s world ranking and are among the favorites to win the World Cup, which will be played in Qatar from Nov 20 to Dec 18.

Tite said last month he was excited by the rise of young players who surged to stardom last season and will be available for the national team in Qatar, easing the pressure on Paris St-Germain superstar Neymar.

Looking to win a record-extending sixth World Cup, Brazil are drawn to play Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G, debuting on Nov 24.

Ghana will meet South Korea, Portugal and Uruguay in Group H and could face Brazil in a potential round of 16 match. Tunisia will be part of Group D, playing Australia, Denmark and reigning world champions France.

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