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Christian Schäfer - Der Professor

Can the librarian from Dresden revolutionise football?
Started on 3 April 2016 by Justice
Latest Reply on 25 June 2018 by Justice
So you will win the next world cup?
Next World Cup is yours........
But uh-oh there is one obstacle, You must beat Germans to this cup....
Some great results there, especially against those Argies ;)
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6 yearsEdited

Copa América Pits Brazil Against Colombia

Brazil Will Face Colombia In Next Year's Copa América


The groups for Copa América 2023 have today been drawn. Brazil, Argentina and Chile were the three top seeded teams, meaning they had no chance of being drawn against one-another. Mexico and Honduras were invited to the tournament, where their 'B' teams will compete against South America's finest.

For Christian Schäfer, this will be his managerial debut in a major international competition. The German took the reigns of Brazil in July following a seven year spell as manager of Dynamo Dresden, which culminated with an impressive victory in an all-German UEFA Champions League final. Schäfer was sure to be hoping for an easy group to give his side the best possible chance of progressing.

However, of the three groups drawn, Schäfer can certainly say that his side's group will prove to be the most competitive. The Seleção will face Peru, Honduras B and, finally, Colombia in Group B. The average FIFA World Ranking of the sides drawn in Brazil's group is an impressive 35th, while the average rankings in Group A (45th) and Group C (37th) are lower.

Colombia (FIFA World Ranking: 23rd) are expected to be Brazil's main challengers for the top spot in the group. Their record in the most recent Copa América competition does go against them, however, having failed to progress from a group which contained Argentina, Mexico B and Japan B in 2019. They did, however, reach the semi-finals in 2016, where Brazil themselves defeated them. Colombia then ran out victorious in the third-place play-off.

Colombia's squad contains plenty of attacking talent in the shape of Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodríguez, SL Benfica attacking midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero and Borussia Dortmund star striker Daniel Dionisi. Leicester City's Éder Álvarez Balanta and Paris Saint-Germain's Jeison Murillo will be tasked with breaking down opposition attacks, and will be Neymar & Co.'s toughest match in the group stage.

Honduras B (FIFA World Ranking: 62nd) are one of the two invitees to the competition. There really isn't much to say about Honduras themselves, except that they finished in 4th place in this year's Copa Centroamericana competition. Star players include Deportivo Toluca striker Anthony Lozano, and FC Sion midfielder Mario Rodriguez.

Peru (FIFA World Ranking: 48th) will be looking to snatch a top two finish in the group, and certainly have the potential to do so. Peru reached the semi-finals last time out, losing to Argentina, but then went on to win the third-place play-off against Venezuela.

Peru's prized players come in the form of Marseille holding midfielder Renato Tapia, Galatasaray winger André Carillo and Manchester City winger Oscar Huerta. These players have plenty of talent between them and could cause serious problems for opposition in the tournament.

Previous Update: #21 - Debut Goal Secures Superclásico For Brazil
Next Update: #23 - Brazil Squad: November 2022
Is not going to be too much of a test except for Colombia but you'll still need to have your wits about you!
Watch out for Honduras!
Honduras are going to cause a shock just you wait :P
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6 yearsEdited

Brazil Squad: November 2022

Christian Schäfer Named His Squad For Brazil's November Friendlies

Christian Schäfer has made just two changes to his Brazil squad for November's friendly fixtures against Mexico and Jamaica at London's Emirates Stadium. Goalkeeper William misses out due to a broken finger, meaning Lucão has been drafted in as a replacement. Barcelona attacking midfielder Rafinha has been dropped for fellow Barcelona team-mate Matheus Pereira, who has played just once previously for Brazil.

The average age of the squad is 26.22, a slightly lower figure than that of the previous squad (26.35). Neymar (136 caps) is now just eight appearances away from breaking Cafú's appearance record (143) for Brazil, and his 94 Brazil goals to date is just six off a centenary.

Key Players

For Wesley Santos, it is important to continue what has been an exhilarating start to his Brazil career, scoring in each of his first two appearances. Wesley's debut goal against Argentina in Superclásico has left critics leaving rave reviews about the Bayer Leverkusen striker, who has scored nine times in seventeen appearances for his club so far this season. He has pace and power to his game, controls the ball very well, can take his chances, and even works hard in closing down defenders. In many ways, he is the striker which Brazil needs to lead their line.

Philippe Coutinho has struggled to cement a regular starting role for his country as of late, and these two fixtures will be the perfect opportunity for the thirty year-old attacking midfielder to rectify this. Coutinho has been in excellent form for Liverpool this season, scoring five times and creating four goals in fifteen appearances. The Brazilian's sheer creativity sets him apart from others and he has the ability to unlock any defence at any moment of time, but needs to do so more consistently if he is to impress his manager.

For Casemiro, it is now or never if he wants to earn a starting role. The Lazio midfielder is now thirty years of age and has done little to impress Christian Schäfer in recent fixtures. With Thiago Maia, Bruno Paulista and Lima in the squad, Casemiro will have his work cut-out to find away in to the starting eleven before next year's Copa América, but the upcoming friendlies presents the perfect opportunity to do so.

International Fixtures

Our opening game in this series will be against a strong Mexico outfit, before we then face a significantly weaker Jamaica side. Here's to hoping we win both games and our players perform well!

Previous Update: #22 - Copa América Pits Brazil Against Colombia
Next Update: #24 - Brazil Strike Lucky In Narrow Victory
Quality oozing throughout that squad mate, and two fixtures where victory should be relatively easy!
Great to see today's stars still an integral part of the squad in 2022!
Santos looks a right sort
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6 yearsEdited

Brazil Strike Lucky In Narrow Victory

Brazil Required A Large Amount Of Luck To Overcome Mexico

Christian Schäfer's Brazil required a great deal of fortune to overcome a valiant Mexican team at the Emirates Stadium. Brazil's second fixture against Jamaica was abruptly cancelled due to Jamaica's commitments in the Caribbean Cup. As a result, Brazil played just one fixture in this international window.

vs Mexico (09/11/2022)

*NOTE* The date of the fixture was 09/11/2022.

Christian Schäfer fielded a much-altered side for the friendly fixture against Mexico. Matheus Pereira, Oscar and Malcom completed an experimental front three, with captain Neymar on the bench. Ederson continued his run of starting in goals for every single game under the German manager.

Malcom proved to be the most threatening player on the pitch in the first half and he was at the heart of the first real piece of action of the game, and he struck the post when one-on-one with Mexican goalkeeper Hugo Menes.

Malcom opened the scoring moments later when Thiago Maia put him on his way with a curled pass in to the box. The forward made no mistake as he powered a first-time effort past the helpless goalkeeper.

Oscar came close to adding to the scoreline when his left-foot effort cannoned off the crossbar, and the ball was cleared before the midfielder could attempt a second effort on goal.

Mexico then leveled the game just before the break as Brazil's defence was exposed from a set-piece. Gabriel Xavier's left-side free-kick was met by the unmarked Allano who completed a simple tap-in to bring Mexico level.

Minutes in to the second half, it looked as if Mexico would then take go on to take the lead when Marlon brought down Antonio Osorio inside the box to concede a penalty. Up stepped Raúl Jiménez to take the spot-kick, but his effort was saved by Brazilian shot-stopper Ederson.

The introduction of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Wesley Santos brought more flair to Brazil's attack, and the three were at the heart of the winning goal. Neymar's skillful backheel pass fed Coutinho down the right-hand side. The midfield magician crossed the ball to Wesley Santos who's volley took a major deflection off of Ésteban Noriega and in to give Brazil the decisive goal.

Brazil nearly scored a third when some expert rear-guard action by the back-tracking Neymar saw Brazil steal possession. The Seleção's greatest ever goalscorer picked out Wesley Santos in an advanced position and the striker in-turn fed the onrushing Jonathan in to a dangerous area inside the box. The wing back's drive was expertly tipped away by Hugo Menes to deny Brazil a third.

Thiago Maia (Brazil) 9.0

Brazil Milestones:
  • Christian Schäfer was in charge of Brazil for the 5th time, and still boasts a 100% win record.

  • Next International Break

    Our next fixtures will be in the new year of 2023, when we face a trip to Australia before hosting the Democratic Republic of Congo in international friendlies during the March international window. It is from now until the summer when players must perform in order to in with a chance of earning a call-up for next summer's Copa América competition.

    Previous Update: #23 - Brazil Squad: November 2022
    Next Update: #25 - Gayà Claims Golden Globe
    Close match there
    Strange to think Coutinho isn't a key star considering how much an impact is expected of him!
    Get ready to be f**ked up by the Socceroos

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