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Neymar and Brazil targeting World Cup glory at Russia 2018

Neymar and Brazil targeting World Cup glory at Russia 2018

Neymar, PSG's £200million man, will look to avenge the 7-1 2014 semi-final loss to Germany in the Maracanã which he missed with a fracture in his lower back after a challenge by Colombia's Juan Camilo Zúñiga in the quarter-final. "It is one of those cases where you put the popcorn in the microwave, fall your family and friends to come over and sit in front of the television".

"We have to prepare our own tactical variations and adapt them to our opponents".

For the first time since 1990, Egypt will be part of the World Cup finals, and Mohamed Salah can expect to star as they face off against Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay in Group A.

It seems likely that Serbia, Switzerland and Costa Rica will battle it out for second position - this is Serbia's second World Cup as an independent country. Celso Borges, a 29-year-old who also plays in La Liga, also needs to have a tremendous tournament for Costa Rica if the Ticos are going to get out of the group. I think you can expand the top three to include teams like France, who have got more experience than before and a different kind of strength with the likes of [Antoine] Griezmann, [Kylian] Mbappe and [Alexandre] Lacazette.

"Other groups are tougher, ours is more straightforward. Simply, you have to be prepared".

Brazil's 2014 semi-final exit to Germany back saw their home World Cup become a nightmare
Brazil's 2014 semi-final exit to Germany back saw their home World Cup become a nightmare

"Everyone's confident and happy looking ahead to the World Cup". Another factor, and perhaps the most important one, is mental strength, the ability to handle pressure and the mental demands of getting a result, which are always there. "The others are circumstances of the competition". The strengthening and growing of the team.

Last year's run to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals, knocking out England on a memorable night in Nice, showed the talent and determination in Iceland's team.

This has the feel of a pretty competitive group. With a new generation of players including Wahbi Khazri and former Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour, their main goal will be to win a game in Russia. There are some very strong teams around. It was a fantastic day and it's nice to be able to relive that.

Slavoljub Muslin was removed as coach despite the successful qualifying campaign, with Mladen Krstajic placed in temporary command. Success hinges on these four things. Only Europe can have two teams in the same group.