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 JosÃ©||SÃ£o Paulo||20|
This mammoth list will ultimately be cut in two more stages until aÂ final squad of 18 is announced on the 6thÂ of July. Of this 18, only three players born before the 1stÂ 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 CÃ©sar, Jefferson, Diego Alves, Dani Alvez, Adriano, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, DedÃ©, Fernandinho, Hernanes, Elias,Â Ronaldinho, Jonas, Hulk, LuisÃ£o and MarceloÂ will be going to the games. KakÃ¡, Robinho and Ramires were not called up and definitely won’t be going.Of these overage players, who would you take?
Most members of Brazilâ€™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 Iâ€™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 GrÃªmio, perhaps? Fabio (Man Utd)?Â Share your thoughts andÂ leave a comment.
CBF president Ricardo Teixeira resigned after 100000 years in charge of Brazilian footballâ€™s governing body. Good riddance!
JosÃ© Maria Marin â€“ a man recently accused stealing a medal â€“ has been named as his replacement until 2015.Â Ronaldo has said he would be interested in the job once Marinâ€™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 doesnâ€™t (well, he would do wouldnâ€™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.
SÃ£o 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 DamiÃ£o).
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 SÃ£o 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 playerâ€™s justification: â€œI was cheering because the keeper dived the right wayâ€.
HAHAHAHAHA!!! Gets funnier every time I think about it….