Brazil squad for the Copa America Argentina July 2011
Brazil coach Mano Menezes has finalized the 23 players that will be heading to Argentina for the Copa America. The announcement came directly after Brazil’s 1-0 win over Romania in a friendly international at the Pacaembu on Tuesday night. From the 28 man squad that were included for the games against Holland and Romania out go Fábio and Jefferson (keepers), Henrique, Anderson and Thiago Neves (midfielders) and Leandro Damião and Nilmar (forwards).
The coach, though, has gambled on the fitness of Paulo Henrique Ganso and Alexandre Pato in the hope that they will be ready for Brazil’s start in just under a month. If Ganso or Pato fail to be fit in time or any other player gets injured, Menezes does have the option of changing his squad before the competition gets underway.
Brazil are in Group B along with Venezuela, Paraguay and Ecuador. Menezes’ men start their campaign versus Venezuela in La Plata on 3rd July.
The squad in full
Keepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Julio César (Inter Milan), Victor (Grêmio)
Wingbacks: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Inter Milan), André Santos (Fenerbahçe), Adriano (Barcelona)
Centrebacks: Lúcio (Inter Milan), David Luiz (Chelsea), Luisão (Benfica), Thiago Silva (Milan)
Midfielders: Ramires (Chelsea), Lucas Leiva (Liverpool), Sandro (Tottenham), Elano (Santos), Elias (Atlético Madrid), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Jadson (Shakhtar Donetsk), Lucas (São Paulo)
Forwards: Neymar (Santos), Robinho (AC Milan), Fred (Fluminense), Alexandre Pato (AC Milan)