Brazil announce squad for international friendly vs USA 10th August 2010 – Man Utd’s Rafael & Liverpool’s Lucas included

July 26, 2010 at 16:41 33 comments

Mano Menezes

See the possible starting line-ups for the Brazil x USA match here

Less than a day in the job, new Brazil coach Mano Menezes has unveiled his first squad for the friendly against the United States in the Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey.

Menezes has acknowledged that following their failure in South Africa, Brazil have to change. However, the coach has already said that this will be a gradual process and that the Brazilian public should not expect any radical changes. But his initial squad is very encouraging as Santos trio Paulo Henrique Ganso, André Ribeiro and Neymar all get their first call ups alongside Manchester United’s Rafael and Liverpool’s Lucas.

Menezes has three years to prepare for the Confederations Cup. And then the pressure will really be on when Brazil host the World Cup in 2014. Before then, Brazil will be in action in next year’s Copa America in Argentina.

Brazil squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Renan (Avaí), Victor (Grêmio)

Wingbacks: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Rafael (Manchester United) André Santos,  (Fenerbahce), Marcelo (Real Madrid)

Defenders: David Luiz (Benfica), Henrique (Racing Santander), Réver (Atlético-MG), Thiago Silva (Milan)

Midfielders: Hernanes (São Paulo), Jucilei (Corinthians), Lucas (Liverpool), Ramires (Benfica), Sandro Ranieri (Internacional), Carlos Eduardo (Hoffenheim), Ederson (Lyon), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos)

Forwards: Alexandre Pato (Milan), André Ribeiro (Santos), Diego Tardelli (Atlético-MG), Neymar (Santos), Robinho (Santos)


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33 Comments Add your own

  • 1. karann  |  July 26, 2010 at 17:21

    another snub for ronaldinho…….wat in the world izz he thinking….how can he snub him now….no miacon…no lucio…no kaka…

  • 2. Thomas  |  July 26, 2010 at 23:26

    Relax… This is a “house” team meaning he is taking only local players plus a couple of the trial players. Elano Fabian and Kaka will be back when it counts!

  • 3. ALI  |  July 27, 2010 at 09:21

    yo thomas are you defo sure that they will bring back kaka fabiano elano etc

    • 4. Thomas  |  July 28, 2010 at 00:43

      yes. This is a caseira, house team meaning they will use this ‘scrub’ team especially for amistisos…. Menezes better not bring back o fenomeno… He has a hard on for that guy. Corinthians will fire him soon. Watch.

  • 5. mensah  |  July 27, 2010 at 10:31

    oh why, has Ronaldinho done anything to u Brazilians?

  • 6. Anon  |  July 27, 2010 at 14:45

    Kaka, Fabiano, Elano, Maicon, etc. will all most likely return to the national team. Menezes wanted to give the players from the World Cup a rest. He stated that in an interview. One player specifically asked to not be called up for the friendly even. Plus, this is just a friendly. Friendlies, especially 4 years from the World Cup, are a good opportunity to start testing and preparing players for the national team later on.

    As for Ronaldinho, he shouldn’t be anywhere near the national team. He is out of form and isn’t at the level he used to be. There are far better options out there than him that are more consistent and involved in the game.

  • 7. Daniel Powell  |  July 27, 2010 at 15:48

    can we do the world cup again, with this squad!! least hes picked some players who have that unpredictability about them i hope they take there chance.
    why marcelo wasnt in the world cup squad ill never know! how was bastos a left back, still things are looking good from my point of view after day one at least.

  • 8. rajiv USA  |  July 27, 2010 at 20:58

    Fact is, not many great players for him to choose from. All these new “next peles” will be lucky to end up as even good as robinho who SUCKS! Ronaldo was the last truly great player for brazil and i dont see anyone in Brazil as good as that right now. In four years? maybe they can find someone. They will have to if they want to win on home soil. I also hope this guy will retain dunga’s discipline and tactical strengths or in four years a “pragmatic” European team will knock brazil same as holland did. and then what will the dunga haters say? who will they blame? Time to realize Brazil talent pool is not as good as it once was or more likely, other nations are catching up. GO USA!

  • 9. narek  |  July 28, 2010 at 00:46

    Elano MUST MUST MUST be back !!!! He IS essential and is a Menezes type of player

  • 10. narek  |  July 28, 2010 at 00:50

    ohhhhh about Kaka …..i have NO doubt that he will be back and of course will play the next world cup with the same number

  • 11. Daniel  |  July 28, 2010 at 04:35

    Shows your knowledge of the game when you come out with a quote of ‘robinho sucks’ up until brasil got knocked out he was probably one of the better players in the world cup as well as man city spending 30 million to get his signature.As for them being next pele’s well that’s the idea of menezes calling up unproven but potential superstars in a ‘friendly’ against usa, hence why some big names won’t be there.

  • 12. Lamin.S.bojang  |  July 28, 2010 at 05:53

    I think meneze has started a new plan trying to experiment the players in order to come out with the very best of brazil as that of their 1994 world cup squad i USA.for the time being less gives mano a time for him to build a promising winning team for next world cup in brazil .But let him be carefully of players likes maicon,juan, elano,kaka and lucio for experience purposes .Because there are kind of player who can demonstrate on the pitch for the young one to learn .

  • 13. narek  |  July 29, 2010 at 12:05

    brazils new coach has a mission to build a young team which would be ready to play the next world cup thats why i think they should call 3 players from internacional:Nei ,Tyson,Giuliano

  • 14. JR  |  July 29, 2010 at 15:55

    Menezes wants to make tests with different players in friendly matches. Most likely Kaka(28), Maicon(29), Elano(29) will be part of the lineup in 2014. Maicon is the BEST right-wing player in the planet, Mourinho wants him in Real Madrid. While Kaka is still getting in shape since last season injuries. Elano was badly injuried during WC against Ivory Coast and definately need some time for recovery.

  • 15. toni  |  July 29, 2010 at 20:38

    its time for a change, a new brazil, look to the future, start the next world cup campaign from now, so there must not be any player in d squad over 26
    no disrespect to the boss robinho or anyone that is over 26

  • 16. Mita Somoyeeta  |  July 30, 2010 at 04:23

    I am angry with menezes.why did he change the team????

  • 17. toni  |  July 30, 2010 at 13:37

    he change it because by 2014 those person would be very old for football
    brazil is never short of talent so WE should use upp d maney we hav so no persons over 26 year old should be allowed

  • 18. Jonathan  |  July 30, 2010 at 16:13

    Lets be realistic here, many of these players are just being tested while some of the stars are rested (Kaka, Maicon, Fabiano etc).

    Having said that, a lot of those established stars are getting on in years, and this upcoming friendly is a real chance for some of these players listed above to make a name for themselves. I’m really looking forward to watching the game.

  • 19. JR  |  July 30, 2010 at 18:01

    How could Menezes left Fabio(Cruzeiro) out of the team? He’s certainly one of the best goalkeepers in Brazil. cheers, JR

    • 20. pitacodogringo  |  July 30, 2010 at 19:41

      maybe it’s his age? Fábio’s 29. i think the oldest in the squad is Jefferson who is 27. but of course, 29 is not old for a keeper. perhaps Fábio will get a chance in the next squad?

  • 21. neil  |  July 30, 2010 at 18:43

    I think it’s a good ply to start looking 2 2014
    Hence the youngsters in the squad.this is not a
    An easy job 4 anyone I wish menezes well

  • 22. Patrick05  |  August 2, 2010 at 04:58

    nice squad…surely they will be good in World cup 2014
    …and they don´t bring back fabiano and them,…maybe Kaka as captain but not the others

  • 23. marion  |  August 2, 2010 at 09:25

    why Ronaldinho is not in the team!!!!!!!!!!

  • 24. Kwesi  |  August 3, 2010 at 17:58

    Great approach by Menezes, giving younger players the international experience required to become a world class player…… Hoping all the best for future Brazilian football.

  • 25. ahmed  |  August 5, 2010 at 03:09

    pato will be next ronaldo ….

  • 26. ahmed  |  August 5, 2010 at 03:18

    i want see ronaldinho n kaka best form n soon in brazil squad ….

  • 27. Darmo  |  August 7, 2010 at 17:21

    It was surprising not to see Pato at the world cup, I think he is a great player and will become a great player for Brazil

  • 28. Ali  |  August 10, 2010 at 12:55

    I think by choosing this new squad for int’l friendly Menzes is testing new talent and some of the players who weren’t called for the 2010 WC such as Pato so he could get a chance to play.
    As well as those who are in the Brazilian farm system. They need new and energetic talent as well as players who are world class that have experience such as Kaka,Maicon,Julio Cesear,etc.
    I hope that by 2014 Brazil will have a new faces mixed with old ones, and who knows : I’m looking forward to see Scalotti as head coach.
    Hopefully, it can be a repeat of the 2002 WC where they won the Cup with him.
    Go Brazil, Jogo Bonito!

  • 29. JG  |  October 19, 2010 at 18:09

    rajiv are you an ediot or do you just pretend to be one? do you even know what you are talking about? I think not. The fact that you said Robinho sucks, tells me you know nothing about soccer. To even say the US is catching up (in soccer) is absurd. Brazil has plenty of players to choose from. The problem becomes, who should they choose. Rising, young players, like neymar, ganso, andre, pato, Coutinho, douglas costa, hernanes, lulinho, are going to be great in four years. Add veteran players to the mix and you have a great team. BTW, kaka is hurt which is why he is not being called. Luzio and the WC’s defense line is all old. I would suggest you think about what you say before opening your mouth.

  • 30. delwar  |  December 3, 2010 at 16:22

    The new Brazil history is going to start today.Brazil will happened a new history today on their international friendly match.The greatest soccer live match will happened today between Brazil vs USA.After EL clasico today is going to the most fight soccer match between USA vs Brazil match.Brazil lost their previous match with Argentina.So this match ot the most important match for Brazil.So stay your eyes on your PC & enjoy Brazil vs USA live international friendly match.

    The new Brazil history is going to start today.Brazil will happened a new history today on their international friendly match.The greatest soccer live match will happened today between Brazil vs USA.After EL clasico today is going to the most fight soccer match between USA vs Brazil match.Brazil lost their previous match with Argentina.So this match ot the most important match for Brazil.So stay your eyes on your PC & enjoy Brazil vs USA live international friendly match.

  • 31. vishal  |  January 26, 2011 at 04:15

    hey yo have to get kaka fabiano elano julio cesar ronaldinho
    lucio maicon,etc you have to get’em all yo understand dis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 32. Jags  |  February 26, 2011 at 22:30

    Why Fabio da silva is not included ! It would have been s wonderful to see Fabio and Rafael playing togather! Brazil always rocks !!!!!

  • 33. Raj kumar giri (Rajnho)  |  March 22, 2011 at 23:02

    Ronaldinho, Robinho, Luis fabianho, maicon great player must give chance in every game..


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