Neymar Jr. is a new man in his country since the summer. The Barcelona superstar literally won the first Olympic gold medal in Brazilian football history, and after years of struggling to be a loved figure in his country, he's now an idol to the Brazilian people, and hopes to grow his legend from now on.
The Brazilian national team is finally starting to erase the image of the 7-1 humiliation at the hands of Germany two years ago. That loss should have sparked a revolution in the national team, but the terrible Dunga came in and helped that mediocre team from 2014 be even worse. Thankfully the mistake was corrected, Dunga was fired an in came Tite, the absolute best Brazilian manager around.
Tite's first two games in charge led to two convincing victories against very tough opponents, and the Brazilian coach now hopes to win big in two games again very weak opposition over the next five days. The first challenge is Bolivia, and the Seleção should comfortably win on Thursday with Neymar leading the pack.
Date/Time: Thursday, October 6, 2016, 9:45pm local time, 2:45am CET (Europe, next day), 1:45am BST (UK, next day), 6:15am IST (India, next day)
Barcelona player: Neymar Jr.
Venue: Arena das Dunas, Natal, Brazil
Referee: Wilson Lamoroux (COL)
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