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By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian national football (soccer) team coach Dunga has called up 24 players for the next friendly games in September, the last tests ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifying games. The squad contains several surprises, as Kaká, Hulk, Gabriel Paulista and Lucas were included, but Thiago Silva, Philippe Coutinho and Marcelo were left out.

Brazil is set to play two friendly games ahead of the first qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup against Costa Rica and the United States on September 5th and 8th. For these games, coach Dunga . . .

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