Luiz Felipe Scolari is back in charge of Brazil and takes on England at Wembley tomorrow (Wednesday 6 Feb) in his first game back in charge.
Although he was terrible at Palmeiras, Chelsea and that team from Uzbekistan (whose name I can’t be bothered to look up on the internet), Scolari was the first choice to replace Mano Menezes who got the boot last year. The timing of Menezes’ sacking was a surprise although it was something I had been advocating for some time.
Anyway, Scolari has named an interesting first squad. Old timers like Ronaldinho, Júlio César and Luis Fabiano were recalled. As was Fluminense’s Fred – the star of last year’s Brasileirão – along with a few younger and interesting names like Henrique, Hernanes and Filipe Luis. Dante, the Bayern Munich defender is in line for his seleção debut aged 29.
He has also named his starting line-up for tomorrow’s game:
Júlio César; Daniel Alves, David Luiz, Dante, Adriano; Ramires, Paulinho, Ronaldinho Gaúcho, Oscar; Neymar and Luis Fabiano
When Ronaldinho takes the field it will be his 100th appearance for the seleção. When asked about his other appearance against England, in the 2002 World Cup quarter-final, he said: “I’ve got wonderful memories from that game because it was one of those that marked my life. Until today they asked me if I tried to shoot or cross for that goal. I hope that England keep giving me good luck.” So did he mean that goal: “(laughing) without any doubt”.
So, who is going to win tomorrow then? Happy days for Ronaldinho?
Diego Alves (Valencia), Julio César (QPR)
Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Adriano (Barcelona), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid)
Dante (Bayern Munich), David Luiz (Chelsea), Leandro Castán (Roma), Miranda (Atletico Madrid)
Arouca (Santos), Hernanes (Lazio), Paulinho (Corinthians), Ramires (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Ronaldinho Gaúcho (Atlético-MG)
Neymar (Santos), Lucas (PSG), Luis Fabiano (São Paulo), Fred (Fluminense), Hulk (Zenit)
Kick off 19:30 UK (17:30 Brazil).
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