Manchester United’s Anderson out of Brazil squad

May 28, 2009 at 20:20 3 comments

Kleberson and Miranda

Kleberson and Miranda

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has announced that Flamengo’s Kleberson will replace Manchester United’s Anderson for the World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay in Montevideo on June 6th and Paraguay in Recife four days later.

Anderson injured himself in the EPL’s sides defeat against Barcelona on Wednesday and is set to undergo surgery.

His replacement, Kleberson, is a former Manchester United player who had an unhappy time in England before moving to Turkey’s Besiktas. The defensive midfielder has already played for Brazil and was a World Cup winner in Japan/Korea in 2002.

The call-up has surprised many in Brazil but it came as an even bigger shock to the 29-year-old. “When I heard the news I couldn’t control myself and started to jump around the house. I’m euphoric and very happy. I’d say it was one of the happiest days of my life” said the midfielder.

São Paulo centreback, Miranda, has been called up to replace Chelsea’s Alex who withdrew from the squad on Wednesday. Miranda was linked with a move to Tottenham earlier this year.

See Brazil’s squad in full here

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jzlim11  |  May 28, 2009 at 23:01

    What!! Kleberson!? Dunga!! Why not Hernanes!

  • 2. Flavio  |  May 29, 2009 at 00:50

    ‘What!! Kleberson!? Dunga!! Why not Hernanes!’

    Hernanes has been rubbish for the entire year.

  • 3. jbh  |  May 29, 2009 at 19:36

    What does Denilson of Arsenal need to do to get into the squad? No 1 ranked defensive midfielder in the Eng Prem League this past year (in which Arsene Wenger replaced Gilberto with Denilson). Leads the league in passing, pass intercepts, no 4 in tackling (best in top 4 teams). No 2 in passing and tackling in the Champions league. Has easily outperformed Anderson and Gilberto this season?


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