Brazil play Colombia in a friendly match this evening in New Jersey. Manoâ€™s squad includes most of the team that did so well in the last couple of games against Iraq and Japan. That means KakÃ¡ keeps his place alongside the likes of Neymar, Hulk and Oscar. Basically, out go Alex Sandro, DedÃ©, Fernando and Victor and in come Arouca, FÃ¡bio Santos and Arouca.
Jefferson (Botafogo), Diego Alves (Valencia), FÃ¡bio Santos (Corinthians), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Adriano (Barcelona), David Luiz (Chelsea), Leandro Castan (Roma), RÃ©ver (AtlÃ©tico-MG), Thiago Silva (PSG), Arouca (Santos), Paulinho (Corinthians), Ramires (Chelsea), Sandro Ranieri (Tottenham), Giuliano (Dnipro), Thiago Neves (Fluminense), KakÃ¡ (Real Madrid), Oscar (Chelsea), Hulk (Zenit), Lucas Moura (SÃ£o Paulo), Neymar (Santos), Leandro DamiÃ£o (Internacional)
Mano has also named a squad for next weekâ€™s rearranged SuperclÃ¡ssico das Americas against Argentina. Only locally based players have been called up and one of the biggest surprises was Durval, the Santos defender. For those of you who do not know him, lets just say he is not what you would expect of your typical Brazil international â€“ not particularly elegant. Not very good either for that matter. Honest, hard-working professional though so itâ€™s not entirely fair to take the piss out of him completely (he was trending on twitter earlier today for mainly the wrong reasons).
Mano Menezes did actually hint that he may not have originally been in his squad: â€œItâ€™s a position that Iâ€™ve been careful with. DedÃ© is out injured. I thought about Rhodolfo but SÃ£o Paulo are in the Sul-Americana. We needed somebody with experience and who has had a good seasonâ€. Meia-culpa Mano? Making excuses alreadyâ€¦?
Here is the full squad for that game. Fluminenseâ€™s magic duo Fred and Diego Cavalieri were deservedly, and finally, called up by Mano. Jeanâ€™s good form for Flu has also paid off and the defensive midfielder gets a call. So does Carlinhos and Thiago Neves (both Flu). AtlÃ©tico-MG had four players called up: Marcos Rocha, RÃ©ver, Bernard and Leonardo Silva. Â Notably, no Ronaldinho. What does a man need to do? Honestlyâ€¦?
What does Durval have that Ronaldinho doesnâ€™tâ€¦.?
Here is the full squad for that game. Itâ€™ll be played next Wednesday 21 November. Not sure of the time but since its in Argentina, probably around 10pm local time, 12am UK time.
Cavalieri (Flu), Jefferson (Botafogo), Carlinhos (Flu), Marcos Rocha (AtlÃ©tico-MG), FÃ¡bio Santos (Corinthians), Lucas Marques (Botafogo), Durval (Santos), Leonardo Silva (AtlÃ©tico-MG), RÃ©ver (AtlÃ©tico-MG), Arouca (Santos), Jean (Flu), Paulinho (Corinthians), Ralf (Corinthians), Bernard (AtlÃ©tico-MG), Fellype Gabriel (Botafogo), Thiago Neves Fred (Flu), Neymar (Santos), Leandro DamiÃ£o (Inter)
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