Brazil’s new coach Mano Menezes announced his 24-man squad for his team’s friendly against the US.
And of course the good news is Mano’s squad has twice as many Milan players as Dunga’s!
Okay, now that does not sound as good it as it should, simply because Dunga’s squad had 1 Milan player, while Mano’s has 2! (Yes I know, you can now accuse me of sensationalist journalism, what with the headline ‘Milan factor doubles!’)
This is how Mano’s team looks like:
Goalkeepers: Victor (Grêmio), Jefferson (Botafogo) , Renan (Avaí)
Full backs: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Rafael (Manchester), André Santos (Fenerbahçe), Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Central defence: David Luiz (Benfica), Henrique (Racing Santander), Réver (Atlético Mineiro), Thiago Silva (Milan)
Defensive midfield: Hernanes (São Paulo), Jucilei (Corinthians), Ramires (Benfica), Sandro (Internacional), Lucas (Liverpool)
Midfield: Carlos Eduardo (Hoffenheim), Éderson (Lyon), Ganso (Santos)
Forwards: Robinho (Santos), André (Santos), Neymar (Santos), Pato (Milan), Diego Tardelli (Atlético Mineiro)
Mano has called up Pato to the squad, which I think is fantastic but not surprising. Pato is mature and experienced enough by now to become a regular on the national roster and he deserves a decent shot at that no.9 jersey. The
guy boy is just 20 years old and has a lot to offer Brazil and Milan in the coming years.
The other Milan player called up is Thiago Silva. Nothing surprising there again, I really like Thiago and if he continues his good form with Milan and remains consistent, well who knows…
Lots of domestic players in the squad and Mano has made it pretty clear that European based players won’t be chosen simply because they play in Europe. Santos’ Robinho and Andre make it to the squad, along with their 2 stars of the future, Neymar and Ganso.
Ronaldinho does not get a call up, which I think is fair enough. Yes I know, I was ranting about how Dunga should have called him up for the WC, but that was based on last season’s exploits and if ‘Dinho wants to make it to Mano’s squad, he’s going to have to prove himself all over again. ‘Dinho did say that he wants to play for Brazil in the 2014 WC, so let’s see how that works out.
Talking about the 2014 WC, Brazil are the hosts and thus do not have to qualify. That’s not entirely good news, because as Mano outlined, it means less competitive matches for his team, thus making his job of choosing the right players harder.
That said, he does have the Copa America and the London Olympics to prepare his team for the grand event.
All said and done, Brazil’s squad in the coming years will be interesting, what with the likes of David Luiz, Ganso, Neymar and so many others who have fantastic potential for the future!
And i hope Mano throws caution to the wind and really serves up some interesting football (read that as ‘screw you Dunga’)!