Brazil's new manager, Mano Menezes, has just released the list of call-ups for Brazil's next upcoming friendly versus the United States in August.
There were several surprises and I will touch upon them as much as possible after I put the list up.
David Luiz (Benfica)
Henrique (Racing de Santander)
Thiago Silva (A.C. Milan)
Andre Santos (Fenerbahçe)
Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Dani Alves (Barcelona)
Rafael (Manchester United)
Hernanes (São Paulo)
Carlos Eduardo (Hoffenhein)
Alexandre Pato (A.C. Milan)
Diego Tardelli (Atletico-MG)
There were a few surprises, such as Jeferson & Renan as well as Rever, Henrique, David Luiz, Ederson, and Carlos Eduardo.
There are four players who played in the 2010 World Cup: Robinho, Dani Alves, Ramires, and Thiago Silva.
There are also four players who received their first call-up: Andre, Ederson, Rafael, and David Luiz.
It was originally said that he would only call up players currently in Brazil, but he wound up calling 11 of the 24 from Europe. Most, however, did not play in the World Cup last month.
In the case of Hernanes (São Paulo) and Sandro (Internacional), only one will travel with the team. Those two squads are currently playing each other in the Libertadores semifinals this week and next week and so only the player on the losing side will travel, as the winner will have to participate in the Libertadores final (hence there being 24 and not 23 call-ups).
I wrote a sneak-peek article yesterday where I guessed his call-ups, claiming I would get at least half of them correct. However, that was with the idea he was only calling up players in the Brazilian domestic league. Even so, I still got nine players correct. You can check out my sneak-peek list from yesterday by clicking the following link: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/425283-mano-menezes-annonces-call-ups-for-brazil-usa-friendly
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