Selecao boss, Tite, has been reportedly upset with the upcoming friendly fixtures in Asia for Qatar 2022 preparation. He and the entire team was expecting to face off African and European teams instead, which are more suitable for World Cup final rounds since they are grouped with them.
The failure to set up the friendly games against African and European teams in June signified CBF's failure to anticipate the congested fixtures ahead before the world cup finals begin. UEFA has started their upcoming Nations League 2022/23 in the same month, which even make it harder for them to spare another friendly match next month. What's worse, African sides are also scheduled to play their AFCON qualifiers too.
Not to mention that their scheduled game against Argentina in MCG, Australia on June 11 was called off as well due to Argentina's refusal to travel there. It might have been related to FIFA's final decision on their delayed match in the qualifying round in 2021. At that time, their fixture was halted by the local authorities out of the blue as four Argentine were deemed violating the health protocol. This delayed match must be staged in September, which even make them difficult to spare the date for another friendly game.
Selecao team coordinator, Juninho Paulista, stated their disappointment regarding the cancellation of Superclasico clash in Australia. He is still hoping for a replacement opposition from either Africa or Europe.
"We were ready, with all the necessary logistics for this game, because we understood that we had to fulfil this contract. Discussions are just beginning, we will probably find an African opponent. Our wish is to play in Europe."
Brazil has been seeded in a fairly tough group in Qatar 2022, surprisingly with rather similar opponents to four years ago, Switzerland and Serbia, while the third one is even more challenging, Cameroon, compared to the weaker side in 2018, Costa Rica. Tite's men are bound to regroup in Europe for their early training camp before setting off to Qatar.
Juninho also exposed this updated plan recently to public. The former Middlesbrough and Atletico Madrid man made a statement on this in the podcast interview.
“We will gather in Europe so players based there can arrive more quickly. We only have a week of preparations this time, any time we can save will help.”
Here are Neymar and Co's upcoming temporary fixtures prior to World Cup 2022:
- June, 2: vs South Korea in Seoul
- June, 6: vs Japan in Tokyo
- September, 22: vs Argentina in TBD
Here is Tite's squad for those games:
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras)
Defenders: Dani Alves (Barcelona FC), Danilo (Juventus), Alex Telles (Manchester United), Guilherme Arana (Atletico Mineiro), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Gabriel Magalhaes (Arsenal), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle), Danilo (Palmeiras), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fred (Manchester United), Lucas Paqueta (Olympique Lyon), Philippe Coutinho (Aston Villa)
Forwards: Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Neymar (PSG), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid), Raphinha (Leeds Utd), Richarlison (Everton), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Matheus Cunha (Atletico Madrid)