Brazil squad for the Copa America Argentina July 2011

June 8, 2011 at 00:50 62 comments

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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)

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  • 1. amilcar lewis  |  June 8, 2011 at 03:16

    not even sure fred is better than rafael he-man moura much less damiano. and now that kaka is fit he could have taken a flyer on him but mano has the right to pick his squad let us hope they don’t let him down

  • 2. Anonymous  |  June 8, 2011 at 03:41

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  • 3. Justice Pope  |  June 8, 2011 at 09:13

    The exclusion of Marcelo still baffles me. He must’ve upset someone. I think he’s easily Brazil’s best option at left-back.

  • 4. هلالي  |  June 8, 2011 at 15:12

    والله حرام لاعب كبير

  • 5. wesdo  |  June 13, 2011 at 02:47

    I love watching Brazil because they are my favorite team….but why did kaka and ronaldinho are not included in the squad…?

  • 6. wesdo  |  June 13, 2011 at 02:51

    pato is the top young player….

  • 8. MC  |  June 13, 2011 at 17:57

    i dont see why people are still talking about Kaka and Ronaldhino. They are great players but you got to understand the younger players need their time . Kaka and ronaldhino will prob not play in the next world cup so they have to prepare the next players.

  • 9. Giovany  |  June 15, 2011 at 03:44

    Why dropping marcelo,i think he is one of the best in that role

  • 10. likhon  |  June 15, 2011 at 07:31

    leaving players like kaka & ronaldinho brazil will fail coz a team also need experience.

  • 11. Daniel Powell  |  June 15, 2011 at 11:49

    Kaka has hardly reached top form from recovering from his injuries and still needs time a good pre-season will sort that.And come on Ronaldinho has hardly showed the hunger to get back in the selecao, shame not to see Hulk in the squad not many Brazilians have had a better season, also Hernanes of SS Lazio… And Marcelo plays at left back for one of the best squads in the world strange hes still not included especially when i don’t see what andre santos offers???

    Leandro Damião really impressed me when i went to the scotland game here in London so thats a shame.Is Fred really the number 9

  • 12. MC  |  June 15, 2011 at 12:32

    Thats the all point, he wants the young onse to learn from their mistake now and not in important thing like the world cup. The reason i think he took andre Santos is because Santos is more reliable in defense than Marcelo. I mean if you already have Alves or Maicon going up and down in the right there is no need for that in the left.

  • 13. Daniel Powell  |  June 15, 2011 at 22:47

    course theres every need in the leftside being strong….
    remember Cafu and roberto Carlos??? Branco and Jorginho of 94
    And the generations of overflanking attacking wingbacks brasil have had before my time.
    And andre santos isnt on the young side, more worth takiing filipe Luis of Atletico if your making a point…

  • 14. Mohammed Rishad Kuttippuram  |  June 17, 2011 at 03:29

    we are the best we will win the game.we are always all position.wait & see our matches.

  • 15. ELIE  |  June 17, 2011 at 06:22


  • 16. Daniel Powell  |  June 17, 2011 at 19:43

    Great input Mohammed ‘not’ i do watch our matches but were not the best, we couldnt beat the netherlands and I believe Spain are on another planet right now. MR menezes has alot of work to do, I believe hes doing the right things with the youngsters but maybe missing a few experienced players that really should be definites.

  • 17. Azeez Balogun  |  June 20, 2011 at 09:31

    The coach should be aware that a brasilian team without a free kick specialist. defenders that are not good in areal balls can not win any tornament. Again if the team lacks a point man, a prolific striker the team cannot win .so the coach should be aware of this fact. This is what the 2010 squad lacked and that is why the team lost

  • 18. Naaffzz  |  June 20, 2011 at 17:29

    Marcelo is better than Adriano in the position of left wing back.,he is excellent in sprint he can also make some counter attacking situation.He proved in real Madrid in the last season.
    why coach doesn’t consider our great play maker k aka in this tournament?

  • 19. Mihretu  |  June 22, 2011 at 16:23

    The coach, why don’t include Kaka coze he has xperienc shoting out of the box. Anyways brazil will be the winer. For those who write & admire Ronaldiniho, his time is completed with not good performanc. Now a day i xpect Pato, Neymar for 2014.

  • 20. pranub  |  June 25, 2011 at 13:02

    where fabiano,nilmer&marcelo?but I’m waiting 2 see the match of brazil still we miss ronaldinho,kaka…..GUD LUCK BRAZIL.

  • 21. Sharif Alamin  |  June 25, 2011 at 23:11

    Marcelo and Coutinho should have been included…..Good luck Brazil

  • 22. Yuvraj  |  June 26, 2011 at 12:16

    Love the “Brazil” whatever the team composition they have made for Copa America…bt will be missing Ronaldinho and Kaka…!! Gudluck BRAZIL…!!!

  • 23. Aminu nasara  |  June 26, 2011 at 14:45

    i love Brazil but why kaka,fabiano and marcelo are not in the squard good luck

  • 24. zahid reza shimul  |  June 26, 2011 at 17:53

    Brazil is Brazil no matter whether who is there or who is not there.Just give us the traditional Jago Bonito……….
    Bring the Cup home that is what we all expect.

  • 25. Shagaizz  |  June 27, 2011 at 00:05

    Where is kaka? why

  • 26. Chonny pomp  |  June 27, 2011 at 13:06

    I don’t see kaka, Marcelo and Ronaldinho in this squad I hope Menezes make the difference Gud luck Mano Menezes.

  • 27. debojyoti roy  |  June 28, 2011 at 04:16

    may be kaka isn’t fit at all… but ronaldinho is so much willing as he kmows he can do better in selecao shirt… and why marcelo out???

    • 28. debojyoti roy  |  June 28, 2011 at 04:18

      anyway good luck brazil……

  • 29. Michael  |  June 28, 2011 at 09:17

    Where is Hulk ???

  • 30. kaka  |  June 28, 2011 at 17:26

    where’s ronaldinho,luis fabiano and kaka?? they are the best player!!!!!

  • 31. kaka  |  June 28, 2011 at 17:44

    rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllldddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

  • 32. Tanmay  |  June 30, 2011 at 03:48

    Where is Ronaldinho????? Where is the best player???

    • 33. AleJandro Diesel  |  July 2, 2011 at 16:31

      melhor jogador is Neymar da silva… ronaldhino ta velho

  • 34. Subhadeb Chatterjee  |  June 30, 2011 at 06:29

    brazil again champ of copa 2011 … no doubt abt that … just wait and watch how much magic they have in there feets…… god bless them or dem e pogresso … being INDIAN i love brazil football …..

  • 35. Felix de tactician  |  June 30, 2011 at 15:31

    Brazil is a force to recogne with as far as the game of football is concern bcos of her abundant talent and PEDIGREE (the yellow and blue colors always very intimidating).It is very glaring that Marcelo, Hulk, Nene, Bastos and kaka are missing. In terms of performance last season, alves, luiz, sylva and marcelo with jefferson in goal will be cool for a defence line.The mid-field needs Bastos, kaka’s presence, Nene and others. Hulk could have brought back good memories of Adriano. Neymar, Robinho and Pato are endorsed. A sick Fabiano is far better than Fred who cannot be compared with Ronaldo. Ronaldinho’s exclusion is not a suprise. Well, every coach has his reasons as selection is always a problem in teams filled with stars, as in Argentina and Brazil in 2002 and 2006 world cups. Brazil is a force to recogne with as far as the game of football is concern bcos of her abundant talent and PEDIGREE (the yellow and blue colors always very intimidating).It is very glaring that Marcelo, Hulk, Nene, Bastos and kaka are missing. In terms of performance last season, alves, luiz, sylva and marcelo with jefferson in goal will be cool for a defence line.The mid-field needs Bastos, kaka’s presence, Nene and others. Hulk could have brought back good memories of Adriano. Neymar, Robinho and Pato are endorsed. A sick Fabiano is far better than Fred who cannot be compared with Ronaldo. Ronaldinho’s exclusion is not a suprise. Well, every coach has his reasons as selection is always a problem in teams filled with stars, as in Argentina and Brazil in 2002 and 2006 world cups.

  • 36. Sunil s.k  |  July 1, 2011 at 06:43

    I luv brazil,bt whr r kaka,he’s one of the best play maker of the world. Bt best of luck brazil……………..

  • 37. Junaid  |  July 1, 2011 at 11:04

    i love brazeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllll…………………….

  • 38. akshyat  |  July 1, 2011 at 11:09

    where is kaka’ man

    • 39. Luis Ayala  |  July 1, 2011 at 16:46

      they really need Kaka!!!!!!

  • 40. SHAHABAS  |  July 1, 2011 at 12:36

    no doubt, this copa america for prove their power and new generation palyers like neymer pato…..

  • 41. fan OF BRAZILIA  |  July 1, 2011 at 14:38

    there are many players not included coach ur kidding me????????????????????????????????????????????????
    where’s, carlos eduardoCAM 23 years,douglas 23 CB,Luiz Gyatavo CDM,luca 19 years old cam aaaaaaaand walter 21 years ST or andre 20years old STor Diego costa 22 years old ST those 3 BATTER then Fred . aaaaaaaaaaaand why why why there’s no Marcelo and Hulk ????????????????????????/
    damn if i were the coach let these players included 😀

  • 42. Luis Ayala  |  July 1, 2011 at 16:45

    Brazil is going to beat Argentina on Argentina’s stadium but it would be better if Brazil had Kaka but steel Brazil is way better. 🙂 !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 43. 987654321  |  July 2, 2011 at 00:06

    i loveeeeeeeeeee brazil with i hate arjanteana by sheed and sinan and imthiyas

  • 44. IMTHIYAS MK 9947010719  |  July 2, 2011 at 00:08

    ilovvveeee KING of COPA BRAZIL

  • 45. louis adjei oduro  |  July 2, 2011 at 10:29

    why is marcelo at fault?

  • 46. philip pato  |  July 2, 2011 at 15:27

    The likes of this players Hulk,kaka,macelo.would make alots of me santos,Lieas,fred.dont wot it

  • 47. Solo engine  |  July 2, 2011 at 16:44

    I will miss kaka,marcelo nd dinho.. I wish selecao all d best… Show urslf NEYMAR & GANSO D WORLD ARE WAITING 2 SEE BOTH OF U..

  • 48. Shaheem Ahamed  |  July 3, 2011 at 01:46

    Very power team for don’t select kaka ,i am very sad ! Its ok Good luck brazil ,brazil king for copa

  • 49. shahzad  |  July 3, 2011 at 07:34

    well one selction was wrong…..includinn lucas…instead u can include some otha one coz…..he s not a stron player ..nd too marcelo..will miss him he far betta dan santos and adriano……..nd y no

  • 50. hollargold  |  July 3, 2011 at 21:29

    The coach of brazil got all wrong,choosen mainly base on the league he understand n overlooking few potentials is wrong again.
    Brazil r blessd with bunch of talent in d game no doubt about that but to left out players like
    Hulk (porto),
    Kaka n marcello (madrid),
    Bastos (lyon),
    Fabiano (sevilla),
    Nene n so on makes me question d ability of d coach.
    Finger cross ,we see hw far is new look brazilian team goes

  • 51. Abhimanyu  |  July 4, 2011 at 13:29

    Why the hell coach of brazil think he can defeat argentina with a squad like this with no light of kaka the best is the coach is crazy cuz he pick player but not magician like kaka and dhino i want to know that but any way best of luck brazil.

  • 52. Parimal  |  July 8, 2011 at 04:01

    oh! man where is kaka,without him brazil’s team incomplite……

  • 53. ISTIMO  |  July 8, 2011 at 14:12


  • 54. hulk plays 4 colombia  |  July 8, 2011 at 16:18

    hulk plays 4 colombia, viva brazil

  • 55. Jordan  |  July 10, 2011 at 01:42

    for me, the coach took 3 of the same player in ramires, lucas, and sandro. Anderson or Kaka would have been a better selection. Also, Marcelo, Fabio Da Silva, and Bastos are all better options for the left back position. And lastly, WHERE IS HULK!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 56. Bashir Ahmad  |  July 10, 2011 at 06:28

    Menezes you’re totally wrong, we missed playmakers like, Kaka and Ronadinho. Left-back like Marcelo, Fabio and Bastos. Is very hard to win this trophy but still wish so. I love Brazil, I wish them goodluck.e missed playmakers like, Kaka and Ronadinho. Left-back like Marcelo, Fabio and Bastos. Is very hard to win this trophy but still wish so. I love Brazil, I wish them goodluck.

  • 57. steven  |  July 15, 2011 at 13:35

    why Kaka and Ronadinho not in brazil sguad ?????

  • 58. Pratik Paul  |  July 17, 2011 at 13:33

    i want to see samba football

  • 59. Brazil CopaAmerica 2011  |  July 17, 2011 at 20:58

    the squad was too young. ideal squad…


    Neymar Ganso/Kaka Hulk

    Casemiro Sandro

    Marcelo Lucio T. Silva Maicon

    Julio Cezar

  • 60. juan contreras  |  July 19, 2011 at 18:13

    jucilei should of been there cdm
    and bastos for left back even tho santos did a great job

  • 61. Mr.Danish  |  August 22, 2011 at 00:19

    Fabiano is a goal scorer of brasil and kaka is fabulous player. i dont know why tis 2 players are not in copa america

  • 62. fez  |  June 4, 2012 at 14:36

    you need kaka`, ronaldinho, and luis fabiano to help make and finish plays.


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