Before the World Cup, Brazil will play against Ghana and Tunisia

RIO DE JANEIRO: The Brazilian Football Federation said on Friday the national team will face Ghana and Tunisia in preparation for the World Cup in Qatar in September, with players looking to secure their place in the 26-man squad to be announced later this year on tournament participates.

Brazilian federation CBF said on its website that the matches will be played on September 23 and 27 at undisclosed venues in Europe.

Head coach Tite will announce his shortlist for the friendlies on September 9th.

Brazil tops the FIFA World Rankings and is among the favorites to win the World Cup, which will be held in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December.

Tite told Reuters last month he was excited about the rise of young players who rose to stardom last season and will be available for the Qatar national team, easing the pressure on Paris St-Germain superstar Neymar.

In their quest for a record-breaking sixth World Cup, Brazil meet Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G, who debut on November 24.

Ghana meet South Korea, Portugal and Uruguay in Group H and could face Brazil in a possible round of 16. Tunisia play in Group D against Australia, Denmark and reigning world champions France.