Despite the quality of the 26 called up by coach Tite for the dispute of the World Cup in Qatar, there is always one or another name that could have been called to wear hopscotch and ended up not being. This is the case of goalkeeper Cássio, Corinthians – at least in the opinion of one of his former defense teammates.
“He was elected the best goalkeeper in the 2022 Brazilian Championship, he reached the Copa do Brasil final, he did very well in the Libertadores. “, began the former defender Chicão to the Sports Gazette🇧🇷
Cássio was the winner of the Silver Ball, awarded by ESPNand also the Mesa Redonda trophy, a traditional award from the TV Gazette🇧🇷
“I think he could have been looked at with different eyes, but unfortunately he wasn’t called up, because there are three good goalkeepers there”, he added.
Those chosen by Tite for the position were Alisson, from Liverpool (starter); Ederson of Manchester United; and Weverton, from Palmeiras, as occurred in almost all of Russia’s recent post-World Cup cycle.
This Thursday, the Brazilian team debuted in the Qatar Cup with a 2-0 victory over Serbia, with two goals scored by Richarlison. The next appointment will be on Monday, at 1 pm (Brasília time), against Switzerland, who beat Cameroon by 1 to 0.
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Cássio played in 64 matches for Corinthians in the 2022 season, having direct importance for the club’s arrival in the Libertadores quarterfinals, when he took two penalties against Boca Juniors, in the middle of Bombonera.
Before that, he had already defended a penalty in the quarterfinals of the Campeonato Paulista, against Guarani.
In the Copa do Brasil, he also actively collaborated for Timão to reach the grand final, when he ended up losing to Flamengo, in Maracanã. In the Brazilian Championship, the team finished in fourth place, with a direct vacancy for the next Libertadores.
In the Brasileirão this year, he played 34 games, conceded 28 goals and made 106 saves, with 83% of the balls defended and 41% of the games without being leaked. Finally, he did not add any serious error that led to an opponent’s goal. The data is from SofaScore.
In addition, the goalkeeper became the second player who most wore the shirt of Corinthians in history, with 628 games, behind only Vladimir, who adds up to 806 games. He was even honored for it at various times during the season.