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Coutinho returns to Brazil squad for World Cup qualifiers******
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho has been recalled to Brazil's national squad for 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Argentina.
The 29-year-old has not represented the Selecao since October last year because of a left knee injury that twice required surgery.
He has made just seven starts for Barcelona across all competitions this season.
"He's a midfielder who creates things, a great player regaining his form," Tite told a news conference on Friday.
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino also returned to the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury.
But there was no place for 21-year-old attacker Vinicius Junior, despite his impressive form for Real Madrid this season.
Everton forward Richarlison was also left out as he returns to full fitness following a knee injury.
Brazil will host Colombia in Sao Paulo on November 11 before meeting Argentina in Buenos Aires five days later.
The five-time Word Cup winners currently lead the 10-team South American qualifying group with 31 points from 11 matches, six points ahead of second-placed Argentina.
Following is the Brazil squad:
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool/ENG), Emerson (Manchester City/ENG), Gabriel Chapeco (Gremio)
Defenders: Danilo (Juventus/ITA), Emerson Royal (Tottenham/ENG), Alex Sandro (Juventus/ITA), Renan Lodi (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Eder Militao (Real Madrid/ESP), Lucas Verissimo (Benfica/POR), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Thiago Silva (Chelsea/ENG)
Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid/ESP), Fred (Manchester United/ENG), Fabinho (Liverpool/ENG), Gerson (Marseille/FRA), Lucas Paqueta (Lyon/FRA), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona/ESP)
Forwards: Antony (Ajax/HOL), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool/ENG), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City/ENG), Matheus Cunha (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Raphinha (Leeds United/ENG). Enditem
Chinese shares close higher Monday******
BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese stocks closed higher on Monday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 0.4 percent, at 3,681.08 points.。
The Shenzhen Component Index closed 0.67 percent higher at 15,212.49 points. Enditem。
Domestic comedy "Be Somebody" continues to lead Chinese box office******
BEIJING, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Domestic comedy-suspense film "Be Somebody" stayed on top of the Chinese mainland box office chart on its second day of screening Friday, data from the China Movie Data Information Network showed Saturday.。
The film, which follows a group of frustrated filmmakers who gather to plan on a new film about a notorious criminal case, raked in 21.33 million yuan (about 3.33 million U.S. dollars) on Friday.。
"Anita," a biopic that recounts the life story of legendary Hong Kong singer and actress Anita Mui, finished its opening day with 11.4 million yuan and took second place on the chart.。
The latest James Bond film "No Time to Die" generated 6.4 million yuan in revenue on Friday, raising its total box office to 346 million yuan. Enditem。