Brazil squad for October 2010 friendlies: Liverpool’s Lucas, Tottenham’s Sandro Ranieri & Chelsea’s Ramires & Alex included but Neymar is dropped

September 23, 2010 at 11:54 3 comments

Mano Menezes says sack me if you can after dropping Neymar

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Brazil coach Mano Menezes has named 23 players for two friendlies to be held between 6th to 13th October. The opposition has yet to be announced but the matches will be played in Europe.

The main talking point is the exclusion of Santos forward, Neymar. The player was at the centre of controversy this week when the Vila Belmiro club fired coach Dorival Júnior after he wanted to drop the teenager from last night’s game against Corinthians. Santos lost the match 3-2 but Neymar seemed unperturbed by the week’s events and as if we couldn’t have predicted scored Santos’ second.

This time round, Menezes has given first caps to Atlético Paranaense keeper Neto, Fluminense rightback Mariano, Internacional’s Giuliano, Corinthians Elias and Werder Bremen’s Wesley.

Brazil squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Victor (Grêmio), Jefferson (Botafogo), Neto (Atlético PR)

Wingbacks: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Mariano (Fluminense), André Santos (Fenerbahçe), Adriano Correia (Barcelona)

Centrebacks: David Luiz (Benfica), Alex (Chelsea), Thiago Silva (Milan), Rever (Atlético MG)

Defensive midfielders: Lucas (Liverpool), Ramires (Chelsea), Sandro (Tottenham),
Elias (Corinthians)

Attacking midfielders: Carlos Eduardo (Rubin Kazan), Philippe Coutinho (Inter Milan), Wesley (Werder Bremen), Giuliano (Internacional)

Forwards: Alexandre Pato (AC Milan), Robinho (AC Milan), André (Dynamo Kiev), Nilmar (Villarreal)


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  • 1. Jimmy  |  September 23, 2010 at 15:48

    Neymar is as promising a player there is in Brasil or any country for that matter. Unfortunately that goes from the neck down. Correctly so, Menezes is drawing a line in the sand right off the bat with Neymar, the Federation and the Brazilian public. He is not and will not tolerate immature an distracting behavior regardless of the talent level. He not only expects more from Neymar, he is demanding it and if not, will pay for his deficiencies.

    Menezes knows Neymar is young and is at that age where he will either mature into a professional on and off the pitch or, if left unchecked, turn into a controversial, devisive character who will never fufill his true potential. Neymar is not my favorite player in the world but I fell strongly what we are seeing is more youth immaturity than anything else but he better grow up before his act grows old and turns into another self-absorbed player.

    This type of tough love may rub against the grain initially but Neymar, if he has any sense will be the beneficiary and those who support Brasil will appreciate the strength and commitment of Menezes convictions.

    We will see in time how good a coach Menezes is but right out of the gate he is proving to be a strong, decisive leader. This is the time not so much for results but more to mold and shape the squad in the reflection and ideals of the coach. I like what I see so far. I am optimisitic that Neymar will soon get the message and is very much in the 2014 mix.

    • 2. pitacodogringo  |  September 23, 2010 at 20:18

      Despite all his faults, i still would have picked him. Neymar is simply a class above anything else around. i really can’t recall a player with so much poise and natural talent.

      i think we have to remember that he’s only 18 and still has a lot of growing up to do and perhaps we should give him a break. of course, if he doesn’t learn from his mistakes, then that’s a different story.

      i have a sneaking suspicion that by dropping Neymar, Menezes is also showing a bit of solidarity with Dorival Júnior.

  • 3. RICHARD MARTIN  |  October 18, 2010 at 17:24



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