By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Seleção (Brazilian national team) coach Carlos Dunga has announced his squad for the upcoming friendly games against France and Chile, the last games before the Copa America. The call-up of players had no major surprises, as all team members named had played under the coach before.

Brazil coach Dunga announces his squad for two friendly games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil News
Brazil coach Dunga announces his squad for two friendly games, photo image recreation.

The players called up by Dunga on March 5th will dispute two friendly games, the first against France in Paris on March 26th and the second in London on March 29th against Chile. These are the last games before the Copa America, the South American championship in June, where Brazil is in group C and will face Peru, Colombia and Venezuela.

Diego Tardelli, who had recently moved from Atlético-MG to Shandong Luneng, remained in Dunga’s squad, even though doubts about the quality of the Chinese championship had arisen. Tardelli had been in the starting eleven in the first four games under coach Dunga and had scored two goals.

The other two players who had transferred to less traditional football (soccer) markets Éverton Ribeiro (Al Ahli ) and Ricardo Goulart (Guangzhou Evergrande) were no longer included in the squad.

“The situation is unique; some players are still in the pre-season. Therefore it is normal that one or the other player is not in top condition. We opted for an athlete who was among the starting eleven and had been playing with the national team. This reduced the risk of bringing players that are not in top physical condition,” Dunga explained his choice.

Returning to the team will be Marcelo from Real Madrid and Robinho from Santos. Next to Robinho, four other players from the Brazilian championship were named as well: Elias (Corinthians), Jefferson (Botafogo), Marcelo Grohe (Grêmio) and Souza (São Paulo).

Since Dunga has taken over the Brazilian national team after the World Cup in 2014, he remains unbeaten in six games with fourteen goals scored and just one conceded. Half of the goals were scored by Neymar, Diego Tardelli and Willian scored two each and David Luiz and Roberto Firmino marked one, while another one was an owngoal by Turkish player Kaya.

Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Marcelo Grohe (Grêmio), Diego Alves (Valencia)

Center backs: David Luiz (PSG), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (PSG), Miranda (Atlético de Madrid)

Fullbacks: Fabinho (Monaco), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Danilo (Porto)

Wingers: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Elias (Corinthians), Souza (São Paulo)

Midfielders: Oscar (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Douglas Costa (Shakhtar Donetsk), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

Strikers: Neymar (Barcelona), Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim), Diego Tardelli (Shandong Luneng), Robinho (Santos)

1 COMMENT

  1. Dunga does not have a team to win the world cup yet. The team has long way to go. David Luiz is a rough player.Thiago Silva, pick up a yellow card during the wc (not smart player). Neymar is not physically strong, etc…. I do not see the Dunga, very strong midfielder, Romario strong striker, the technicians of Futball such as Ronaldo, Junior, Zico, Falcao, Jair and the list goes on. With the new vague of Brazilian players, Brazil does not scare any team anymore out there. Sorry, the last WC team put together by Filippe couldn’t scare Germany. It takes a lot to scare Germans. Dunga, you are going to make it I wish you all the best of any fun can wishes. I am 63 years old, this tell you that I have been following the Brazil futball for many years. Good luck Dunga. The midfield makes a strong team all the time.

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