Brazil Squad Headlines Group E, Big Stars Snubbed
Brazil 2018 FIFA World Cup Squad Headlines Group E, Big Stars Snubbed
Next up in our 2018 FIFA World Cup preview is Group E, in which Brazil's final 23-man squad made the headlines after several big stars were snubbed.
Click through the gallery above to see the biggest stars who were snubbed for Brazil's Russia 2018 squad.
Group E kicks off on Sunday, with Costa Rica against Serbia at 14:00, and the Selecao and Switzerland locking horns at 20:00.
Brazil have lost only one of their 21 games under coach Tite, conceding just five goals throughout this run leading up to the World Cup. Switzerland, meanwhile, have also been in good form as they, too, were defeated only once in their past 17 games, even though they had to go through the European play-off qualifiers to book their ticket to Russia.
Serbia lost only one of their 10 games during the qualifiers, but have since been defeated twice in six preparations games, while Costa Rica's form has been horrible leading up to the tournament. The team, built around Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, have only won two of their last 10 matches.
Selecao coach Tite's squad announcement made the headlines with players such as Alex Sandro and Fabinho being left out, but superstar Neymar has returned to fitness in time, and scored in both of Brazil's final two friendlies.
First round of fixtures:
17 June, 14:00 – Costa Rica vs Serbia, Cosmos Arena
17 June, 20:00 – Brazil vs Switzerland, Rostov Arena
Full squad listings
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Cassio (Corinthians)
Defenders: Danilo (Manchester City), Fagner (Corinthians), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Thiago Silva, Marquinhos (both PSG), Miranda (Inter Milan), Pedro Geromel (Gremio)
Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Fred (Manchester United), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea), Douglas Costa (Juventus)
Forwards: Neymar (PSG), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Patrick Pemberton (Liga Deportiva Alajuelense), Leonel Moreira (CS Herediano)
Defenders: Cristian Gamboa (Celtic), Ian Smith (Santos de Guapiles FC), Ronald Matarrita (New York City), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland), Oscar Duarte (Espanyol), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Johnny Acosta (Rionegro Aguilas)
Midfielders: David Guzman (Portland Timbers), Yeltsin Tejeda (FC Lausanne-Sport), Celso Borges (Deportivo de La Coruna), Randall Azofeifa (CS Herediano), Rodney Wallace (New York City), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon), Daniel Colindres (Deportivo Saprissa), Christian Bolanos (Deportivo Saprissa)
Forwards: Johan Venegas (Deportivo Saprissa), Joel Campbell (Real Betis), Marco Urena (Los Angeles FC)
Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan Belgrade), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar)
Defenders: Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Dusko Tosic (Guangzhou R&F), Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina)
Midfielders: Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Filip Kostic (Hamburg SV), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade)
Forwards: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Salonika), Luka Jovic (Benfica)
Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Roman Burki (Borussia Dortmund), Yvon Mvogo (RB Leipzig)
Defenders: Stephan Lichtsteiner (Arsenal), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor), Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan), Fabian Schar (Deportivo La Coruna), Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Michael Lang (Basel), Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Udinese), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City), Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht Frankfurt), Blerim Dzemaili (Bologna), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Steven Zuber (1899 Hoffenheim), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Forwards: Haris Seferovic (Benfica), Josip Drmic (Borussia Monchengladbach), Breel Embolo (Schalke 04), Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb)
Which two teams do you think will advance from Group E? Have your say in the comments section below.