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Manchester City and Brazil international midfielder Fernandinho has praised the influence of his club and national team coaches, Pep Guardiola and Tite. The 31-year-old credits Manchester City coach Guardiola and Brazil counterpart Tite for helping him recapture his best form this season.

"To tell the truth, I feel fortunate to be working with two high-level coaches," Fernandinho told a press conference in Natal on Wednesday.

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Bayer Leverkusen left-back Wendell has vowed to continue Brazil's tradition of attack-minded full-backs as he prepares for his international football debut next week.

The 23-year-old was drafted into the Selecao squad after Real Madrid's Marcelo suffered a calf injury on Saturday. He is expected to slot straight into Brazil's starting line-up for their home World Cup qualifier against Bolivia on Thursday and the trip to Venezuela five days later.

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Injured Real Madrid pair Casemiro and Marcelo have been excluded from Brazil's squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Venezuela, national coach Tite confirmed.

Casemiro is expected to miss up to a month with a fractured fibula while Marcelo is sidelined with a calf injury.

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Brazil international centre-back Rodrigo Caio could move to the new club in January as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Napoli are in a battle to sign the Sao Paulo FC player.

The French champions and the Italian club have both offered 13 million euros to sign the 23-year-old from his current club Sao Paulo, the Sambafoot news portal said on Saturday.

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Paris Saint-Germain central defender Thiago Silva has returned to Brazil's football squad for their 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Venezuela next month. Apart from Silva, Manchester City's Fernandinho, Chelsea's Oscar, Bayern Munich's Douglas Costa and Liverpool's Robert Firmino were also recalled in a 24-man squad announced by Selecao chief coach Tite on Friday.

Former Brazil captain Silva has been in international exile since last year's Copa America, when he gave away a penalty with a handball in the team's quarter-final loss to Paraguay.

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The large number of qualification matches for continental competitions (26) and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (61) means that the September edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking contains significant movement and change.

Despite the shifts up and down the ranking however, Argentina and Belgium remain in first and second place respectively, cementing their positions at the summit of the ranking for another month. Elsewhere in the top five, Germany (3rd, up 1) and Colombia (4th, down 1) have traded places while a rejuvenated Brazil, under new coach Tite, have moved into joint fourth place thanks mainly to victories against Colombia and Ecuador in World Cup qualifiers.

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Star striker Neymar scored one goal and set up another as Brazil defeated Colombia 2-1 in their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Manaus. This victory was Brazil's second in as many matches under new manager Tite, who replaced Dunga after the Selecao's group-stage elimination from the Copa America in June.

The five-time World Cup winners now have 15 points from eight matches, just one point behind leaders Uruguay.

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