Brazil have been largely heralded as one team that could lift the World Cup in Russia. Since Pele helped them to their first ever title in 1958, the Samba boys have grown from strength to strength. They won the titles in 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. They were touted to lift the title for a record sixth time and they cruised to the semis only for the Germans to cause them a national embarrassment by defeating them 7-1.

This time, they are led by Tite. They would be hoping the recovering Neymar does not get injured and that the rest of the team does not get way over their heads. The Selecao have the name that startles opponents. They also have the players from Alisson to Marcelo to Philippe Coutinho to Willian to Gabriel Jesus.

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Brazil will fight to get Neymar to play both at the Copa America and the Olympics

The Brazilian football confederation has vowed to fight to get Neymar to participate in both the Copa America as well as the Olympics.

Barcelona has sent a letter to the Brazil confederation where they have recommended that Neymar should be given adequate rest during the summer ahead of the start of the new season. As a result, they are asking that Neymar participates in the Olympics and not in the Copa America.

Dunga, the current Brazil manager, has stated that Neymar is an important player for his team and that he will like to have him in both the Copa America team as well as the Olympics team.

However, Neymar has proposed a solution to this issue. He has offered not to play in the group phase of the Copa America and then play as from the quarter-finals. After that, he will be leaving for the Olympics. But with the current form of Brazil, it is very likely that he will have to be in the team as from day one in the Copa America if ever they want to qualify for the quarter-finals. (more…)

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Dunga has rubbished the claims that he is showing reluctance in picking those who are parts of the Italian top tier clubs.

In the Selecao squad that Dunga named yesterday for the games to be played in the coming weeks, the name of Hernanes was missing and it’s Kaka who was preferred over him.

Apart from Hernanes, the other player whose exclusion sparked a bit of surprise was Alex Sandro.

Some of the experts reckon both Hernanes as well as Sandro deserved to have found themselves in.

As per Dunga though, it is not possible for him to select everyone. He can only finalize 23 names. But, if somebody is not there, it doesn’t mean he has any grudges against him or the league that he is taking part in.

Speaking to a news channel the previous evening, the boss said, “There are talks that I am not paying attention to the players in Italy. I can assure you there is nothing like that. You see Miranda is there. Which league he plays in? Doesn’t he play for a Serie A team? And, he is one of the most vital cogs in our line up.”

“You know when you sit to finalize the squad; you can only pick a certain number of guys. So, a few would always miss out, but, they are not forgotten. I always keep in touch with all of them.”

“As far as Alex is concerned, he has got a lot of natural ability and if he continues doing the hard yards, there’s very little doubt that he will be a huge success at the international level in the time to come.”

Sandro has had the chance to feature for Brazil in only 6 games till now.





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