A few weeks ago it was an all local affair, now it is an all international affair as Mano Menezes named his squad for Brazil’s upcoming friendly matches against Gabon and Egypt.
Brazilian clubs have been furious with recent national team friendly matches, losing their key players for important league matches. The Brazilian fixture calendar is a joke (waaaay too many games) and unlike Europe, it does not stop for international fixtures. So, with the Serie A season coming to a dramatic finale common sense prevailed and Mano Menezes called up foreign based players only for these two matches.
The pick of the bunch is Kaká who, thanks to his sparkling form for Real Madrid, earns his first call up in the Mano Menezes era. Dudu (ex-Cruzeiro), Alex Sandro (ex-Santos), Willian and Bruno César (both ex-Corinthians) were all called up for the first time. Robinho was the surprise exclusion.
Keepers: Neto (Fiorentina), Diego Alves (Valencia)
Full-backs: Alex Sandro (Porto), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Adriano (Barcelona), Fabio (Manchester United)
Defenders: Thiago Silva (Milan), David Luiz (Chelsea), Luisão (Benfica)
Midfielders: Lucas Leiva (Liverpool), Luiz Gustavo (Bayern de Munique), Sandro (Tottenham), Fernandinho (Shakhtar), Elias (Sporting)
Midfielders: Bruno César (Benfica), Hernanes (Lazio), Kaká (Real Madrid), Willian (Shakhtar), Dudu (Dínamo de Kiev)
Forwards: Hulk (Porto), Jonas (Valencia), Kléber (Porto)
So, what are peoples thoughts on that?
I’m pleased to see Kaká back. He deserves it with his start to the season for Real. I’m looking forward to having another look at the likes of Luiz Gustavo, Hernanes and Hulk too. Alex Sandro is liability defensively if ever there was one, definitely not seleção material. Interesting decision to leave out the fit-again Robinho. I guess Mano is trying to make sure he stays on his toes. I’m not quite sure why Maicon continues to be left out.
The match with Gabon will be played on 10th of November in Gabon. The Egypt game is on the 14th of November in Doha.