Mano Menezes has announced a provisional list of 52 players for the Olympic Games in London later this year. Full list below. Also in the piece, the latest news including one of the funniest things I’ve seen for a while: a player celebrating a goal scored by the opposition.
Players age at start of this year in third column
|Douglas Costa||Shakhtar Donetsk-UKR||21|
|Dudu Rodrigues||Dinamo Kiev-UKR||19|
|William José||São Paulo||20|
This mammoth list will ultimately be cut in two more stages until a final squad of 18 is announced on the 6th of July. Of this 18, only three players born before the 1st of Jan 1989 (or older than 22 at the start of this year) are allowed . In this list of 52, 16 are older than this which means that only three out of Julio César, Jefferson, Diego Alves, Dani Alvez, Adriano, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Dedé, Fernandinho, Hernanes, Elias, Ronaldinho, Jonas, Hulk, Luisão and Marcelo will be going to the games. Kaká, Robinho and Ramires were not called up and definitely won’t be going.Of these overage players, who would you take?
Most members of Brazil’s 2011 u20 World Cup winning team are there while there is also some space for newcomers like Wellington Nem. Some lad called Marquinhos (who I’ve never heard of) from Corinthians has been called up. Anybody heard of him? So, thoughts on the squad? Is there anybody missing? Leandro from Grêmio, perhaps? Fabio (Man Utd)? Share your thoughts and leave a comment.
CBF president Ricardo Teixeira resigned after 100000 years in charge of Brazilian football’s governing body. Good riddance!
José Maria Marin – a man recently accused stealing a medal – has been named as his replacement until 2015. Ronaldo has said he would be interested in the job once Marin’s term is up in 2015.
Ronaldo has said Neymar needs to play in Europe to keep improving as a player.
Muricy Ramalho said he doesn’t (well, he would do wouldn’t he).
The Brazilian media, public and politicians were outraged when a Fifa boss called for them to be kicked up the bum and get on with building WC stadiums instead of worrying about winning the World Cup. Apparently his comments were lost in translation and verbally kicking people up the bum in France is perfectly acceptable.
São Paulo beat a full strength Santos team 3-2 with Lucas in inspired form
Botafogo beat Vasco 3-1 in the classico in Rio. Some bloke called Fellype Gabriel scored a hatrick. Anybody know anything about him?
Flamengo drew 3-3 with Olimpia in the Libertadores last week. Internacional beat the Strongest 5-0 in the same competition (hat-trick for Spurs target Leandro Damião).
Check out the state champs goals of the week.
Cheering on the opposition
Last but definitely not least…. a player from a club called Comerical (a small club in the São Paulo state) was caught on camera cheering an opposition goal (Corinthians). Have a look for yourself in the video below. Look out for the number 9 in white.
Even funnier is the player’s justification: “I was cheering because the keeper dived the right way”.
HAHAHAHAHA!!! Gets funnier every time I think about it….