Wearing the captain’s armband against Serbia, Inter man Joao Miranda is a rock in Brazil’s defence, writes Daryl Hammond.
The centre-back had previous failed attempts at European club football when young, but found his confidence at Atletico Madrid and went from strength to strength at Inter.
Brazil have always struggled at the back and the 7-1 World Cup defeat on home soil hammered home the need to change that.
Miranda went from stand-by player to key figure in Tite's back line.
Click here for the full Joao Miranda player profile.
Or have a look round our 2018 World Cup Guide, with features, more player analysis and match reports.
Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/