Brazil were humiliated in their home World Cup 7-1 by eventual winners Germany. That Semi-Final loss will no doubt go down in history and was the end for head coach Luis Felipe Scolari. Now, with Dunga re-instated as manager, there has been 13 changes to his first squad.
The most notable addition from the Premier League is Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho who has one previous cap. He joined the Reds in January 2013 and has been very impressive in his 47 Premier League appearances since. There were calls for him to go to the World Cup but now he has his chance under a new regime.
There are 3 uncapped men in the Brazil selection: defender Gil from Corinthians and midfielders Ricardo Goulart and Everton Ribeiro from Cruzeiro. Once capped PSG defender Marquinhos is another player who makes a return to try and bolster the defence that was so embarrassing.
The notable omissions from the side are full-backs Dani Alves (Barcelona) and Marcello (Real Madrid), both of whom were carriers of blame at times through the tournament. The much lambasted striker Fred has since retired from international football whilst Jô is another forward player left out. Lucas Moura, as well as former greats Kaka, Ronaldinho and Robinho still haven’t done enough to impress their new boss and will have to miss the friendlies against Colombia and Ecuador.
Neymar will return to the squad after his back injury and will face Juan Zuniga, the man who ended his World Cup when they play Colombia on 5th September. The strike-force will be an interesting combination to watch with Hulk also returning and Diego Tardelli of Atlético Mineiro the third forward in the team.
Will the likes of Coutinho help return Brazil to their heights of greatness? Or has Dunga not revamped the squad enough?
By Gareth Thomas | August 20th, 2014