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 canâ€™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 Menezesâ€™ 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, JÃºlio CÃ©sar and Luis Fabiano were recalled. As was Fluminenseâ€™s Fred – the star of last yearâ€™s BrasileirÃ£o â€“ along with a few younger and interesting names like Henrique, Hernanes and Filipe Luis. Dante, the Bayern Munich defender is in line for his seleÃ§Ã£o debut aged 29.
He has also named his starting line-up for tomorrow’s game:
JÃºlio CÃ©sar; Daniel Alves, David Luiz, Dante, Â Adriano; Ramires, Paulinho, Ronaldinho GaÃºcho,Â Oscar; Neymar and Luis Fabiano
When Ronaldinho takes the field it will be his 100th appearance for the seleÃ§Ã£o. When asked about his other appearance against England, in the 2002 World Cup quarter-final, he said: â€œIâ€™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.â€ So did he mean that goal: â€œ(laughing) without any doubtâ€.
So, who is going to win tomorrow then? Happy days for Ronaldinho?
Diego Alves (Valencia), Julio CÃ©sar (QPR)
Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Adriano (Barcelona), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid)
Dante (Bayern Munich), David Luiz (Chelsea), Leandro CastÃ¡n (Roma), Miranda (Atletico Madrid)
Arouca (Santos), Hernanes (Lazio), Paulinho (Corinthians), Ramires (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Ronaldinho GaÃºcho (AtlÃ©tico-MG)
Neymar (Santos), Lucas (PSG), Luis Fabiano (SÃ£o Paulo), Fred (Fluminense), Hulk (Zenit)
Kick off 19:30 UK (17:30 Brazil).
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