Thiago Silva receives a second chance with the Brazil team

The centre-back had been frozen out by Dunga, but new coach Tite has recalled the PSG man and he will look to make up for lost time in a revamped Selecao side
After more than a year out of the Brazilian national team, Thiago Silva has received a call-up from Tite to take on Bolivia and Venezuela in the next World Cup 2018 qualifiers.
The 'Monstro', as he is known throughout the world of football, has a rather curious record with the Selecao. The centre-back was called up for the first time by Dunga, the same manager who froze him out after the 2015 Copa America in Chile.

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After taking part in the qualifying competition for the 2010 World Cup, Thiago Silva was picked for the tournament in South Africa but failed to play a single game as Dunga's men exited at the quarter-final stage.
His club career, meanwhile, speaks for itself. After shining in the middle of Fluminense's defence, Thiago Silva was signed by Milan, where he established himself as one of the finest central defenders around.

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And after the World Cup in South Africa he enjoyed his finest form to date. In 2011 Alessandro Nesta stepped aside and Thiago Silva became the cornerstone of the Rossoneri backline, becoming one of the best defenders in European football. 
Blessed with pace, agility, a strong shot and precise distribution, he won over the football world and became an automatic choice in the Brazil team. His talents did not go unnoticed over the Atlantic either: in 2012 Paris Saint-Germain parted with no less than €46 million to take the centre-back to the French capital.

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It did not take long for Thiago Silva to seduce PSG supporters, and he is now considered one of their all-time idols for his part in their golden period over the last five years. He boasts four Ligue 1 titles, two Super Cup trophies as well as four Coupes de France.
After taking part in the Olympics of 2008 and 2012, the defender skippered his nation as they romped to Confederations Cup glory in 2013. The stage appeared to be set for a great World Cup on home soil. 

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But it was in that World Cup that Thiago Silva endured the most bitter disappointment of his career. The captain was criticised for staying away from his team-mates and for crying prior to the last-16 match against Chile, and in the next clash picked up a yellow card against Colombia that ruled him out of the now infamous semi-final. 

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After humiliation at the hands of Germany ended Brazil's 2014 adventure, the CBF welcomed Dunga back as coach. One of his first measures in the job was to strip Thiago Silva of the captaincy in favour of Neymar. That move did not sit well with the 'Monstro', who was visibly upset and found himself in the eye of the storm once more at the 2015 Copa America. 
He was accused of conceding a childish penalty in the quarter-final against Paraguay, who went on to win and send the Brazilians home from Chile. 

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From that point onwards Dunga declined to pick the centre-half, and went as far as to publicly affirm it would be difficult for him to return. But a new coach means a new beginning for Thiago Silva. 
Now he will have the chance to shine once again, and prove to all that he is worthy of being named among the best defenders in the world while wearing the Brazilian shirt. At 31 he has received a second chance, and he can still be a vital piece of the Brazil machine on the road to Russia.