Monday, 26 July 2010

New Faces Galore as Menezes Names Squad

Mano Menezes performed his first duties as coach of the seleção today, picking a squad of 24 players (to be trimmed to 23) for the friendly with the USA on August 10th. As expected, the majority of the World Cup squad has been left out, meaning that the group includes an intriguing set of new faces.

There was a first senior call-up for former U-17 star Rafael.

The full list is as follows;

Victor (Grêmio)
Renan (Avaí)
Jefferson (Botafogo)

Rafael (Manchester United)
Daniel Alves (Barcelona)
André Santos (Fenerbahce)
Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Thiago Silva (Milan)
Réver (Atlético-MG)
Davis Luiz (Benfica)
Henrique (Racing Santander)

Lucas (Liverpool)
Jucilei (Corinthians)
Sandro (Internacional)
Hernanes (São Paulo)
Ramires (Benfica)
Carlos Eduardo (Hoffenheim)
Éderson (Lyon)
Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos)

Robinho (Santos)
Neymar (Santos)
André (Santos)
Alexandre Pato (Milan)
Diego Tardelli (Atlético-MG)

Most notable, perhaps, is the selection of four Santos attackers; strikers André, Neymar, and Robinho, and midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso. Surprisingly (to me at least), Menezes has picked only one of his former Corinthians charges - energetic utility man Jucilei. Elias, Jorge Henrique, and Dentinho will be disappointed not to make the list. Either Sandro or Hernanes will be left out of the group to travel, depending on whether it's Inter or São Paulo who progress to the final of the Copa Libertadores.

Avaí goalkeeper Renan, excellent in recent weeks, has earnt his first call-up, as have a host of others. Éderson, an attacking midfielder with Lyon, and ex-Wolfsburg defender Réver count as the main surprises of the selection, along with Henrique, currently with Racing Santander in Spain. Call-ups for Rafael da Silva, Manchester United's young right-back, and Benfica defender David Luiz could provide indications of the future shape of Brazil's defence.

5 comments:

  1. Convocou 4 jogadores do Santos teoricamente, porque o Robinho pertence ao Manchester City e deve deixar o Santos após a Copa do Brasil e o André também já foi vendido para o exterior.

    O melhor jogador da seleção é o Hernanes do São Paulo. =D

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  2. Fiquei feliz que o Hernanes foi convocado!

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  3. Hey man, could you help me? I'm trying to post a comment on Roberticus' latest article on santapelota.com, but apparently I gotta have a Goggle Account to do it. Is there any other way?

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  4. Hmmm, strange. Maybe you can use 'Open ID,' whatever that is?!!

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  5. I used the same URL that I use in here but it didn't work. It says 'Erro do OpenID'.

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