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Inside the never-ending relay that is the Brazilian captain’s armband

Gabriel Jesus is the latest in a long line of Brazilians to wear the captain's armband under Tite

A problem shared is a problem halved.

That’s the approach Brazil coach Tite has taken when it comes to the captain’s armband, although he’s gone a lot further than halving it.

When Gabriel Jesus took the armband in the win against Croatia he became the 16th player to captain Brazil since Tite’s first game back in September 2016.

So how have they all got on?


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Captain, leader, 16th most influential player in Brazil

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Captain, leader, 16th most influential player in Brazil

Best performer: Renato Augusto (Brazil 5-0 Bolivia, 5 October 2017)

Brazil’s best performance came in stuffing Bolivia 5-0 under the captaincy of Renato Augusto.

While nowhere near the most stellar name in the squad, the Chinese Super League nomad plays a vital role in Tite’s tactics, linking Brazil’s functional midfield trio with their electric front three.

Philippe Coutinho pushed Augusto close when he captained Brazil to a 4-0 win over Australia, while Miranda, Dani Alves, Neymar, Marquinho and Alisson all oversaw three-goal winning margins.

The floor is keeping Brazil’s captain’s armband

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The floor is keeping Brazil’s captain’s armband

Worst performer: Thiago Silva (Brazil 0-1 Argentina, 9 June 2017)

PSG centre-back Silva holds the unfortunate distinction of being the only captain to lose a game under Tite’s stewardship.

Gabriel Mercado scored the only goal of the game in Jorge Sampaoli’s first game as Argentina boss, although it was only a friendly.

Unsurprisingly, Silva hasn’t had the armband back since.

A flair choice of armband colour

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A flair choice of armband colour

Teacher’s pet: Dani Alves

Dani Alves has captained Brazil on four different occasions- leading the team to victory against Colombia, Argentina and Germany.

The only team to deny Alves three points? Gareth Southgate’s Barmy Army, who held Brazil to a goalless draw in November.

Sharing the pitch with Dominic Solanke and Tammy Abraham must have been a proud milestone in Alves’ international career.

Genius. They’ll never see you there

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Genius. They’ll never see you there

The sympathy vote: Robinho (Brazil 1-0 Colombia, 25 January 2017)

Tite’s clearly a sentimental man.

He handed Robinho a 100th Brazil cap and made him captain for the occasion. Nearly enough to bring a tear to the eye.

Only local players were selected in the friendly, which Brazil won through a Dudu goal. Robinho hasn’t been capped since.

100 and out

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100 and out

The baby: Gabriel Jesus (Brazil 2-0 Croatia, 3 June 2018)

If you’re good enough you’re old enough, as Jesus proved when he captained Brazil at the age of 21.

In leading out the team for the 2-0 win against Croatia he became the sixth-youngest player to captain Brazil, and the youngest since Ze Elias in 1995.

Experience clearly comes naturally to the Man City forward. He was captaining Palmeiras as far back as 2016.

Classic ‘smallest man leads the team’ approach

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Classic ‘smallest man leads the team’ approach

Full list of captains since Tite took over (in order of appearance): Miranda, Dani Alves, Renato Augusto, Filipe Luis, Dani Alves, Fernandinho, Robinho, Miranda, Neymar, Thiago Silva, Philippe Coutinho, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Marquinhos, Willian, Dani Alves, Alisson, Dani Alves, Gabriel Jesus


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