Sambafoot Sunday: Seleção hopes of Brazilians in England's Premier League

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A look at some of the Premier League's Brazilians, who still have slight hopes of national team selection.

Sambafoot Sunday by James Nalton. The beat goes on...

As 2013 draws to an end, the English Premier League is reaching the busiest and most gruelling part of the season. There are a few Brazilians playing in the league who are almost guaranteed a place in Scolari’s World Cup squad, but for those on the fringes, the flurry of games in the next month could be their last chance to shine.

David Luiz and Oscar of Chelsea, and Paulinho of Spurs look to have Seleção places nailed down, and you could probably say that Chelsea’s Ramires has a good chance of being selected as he offers a dynamic alternative in the Brazilian midfield.

Elsewhere there are places up for grabs, and there are several Premier League players amongst Brazil’s best who still need to convince Scolari that they fit into his plans.

Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva has been called up to recent squads, as the Brazil manager looks for a number five who will sit deep, dictate the tempo in attack, and win the ball back quickly in defence. At his best Lucas would be ideal for this, as he’s a great passer and has an eye for an interception in defence. The only problem is that when his concentration drifts he can be caught on the ball, and can also have a tendency to give away unnecessary free kicks in dangerous areas when trying to win the ball back. A solid Christmas period for the Liverpool star could see him cement a place in the squad and make the number five shirt his own.

Another Premier League player vying for this jersey is Sandro of Spurs. Potentially one of the best in the world in a deeper lying role, Sandro’s development was halted by an injury at the start of 2013, which affected his positional development as well as his national team chances. However, now he’s getting regular games in the Spurs starting XI, he’ll be hoping that performances of the type he gave against the United side of Manchester, will be more common than the miserable display he and his team-mates gave against Manchester City.

Speaking of Manchester City, their £30m signing Fernandinho seems to have little chance of adding to his five caps, especially when you consider the amount of competition for these midfield roles. Whilst the 28-year-old plays as the deeper lying of a midfield pair for Manchester City, his best position is probably the number eight Paulinho role, where he can burst forward and influence the attack. Unfortunately for Fernandinho he’s up against two of the best in this position at both club and international level, but could surely do a job for Brazil as back-up for Paulinho, though a call-up this late in the day seems unlikely.

The biggest wildcard of them all could be Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho. His performances since joining the Anfield club must have put him on Scolari’s radar, and his displays of guile and creativity with the ball at his feet could make him the perfect back-up for Neymar and/or Oscar. However, with only one cap to his name the 21-year-old’s inclusion would have to be considered a surprise, especially as he hasn’t played in any of Brazil’s friendlies during their World Cup preparations. The Liverpool number ten starred alongside Oscar in Brazil’s impressive 2011 U-20 World Cup winning side, and it would be a treat for fans to see them link up again. Coutinho will probably have to force Scolari to pick him, but if he continues his form with Liverpool he’ll be difficult to ignore.

If we go back down the M62 to Manchester, we have an outstanding right back who hasn’t got a look-in at national level since he was partly blamed for Brazil’s failure to win Olympic gold in 2012. Rafael of Manchester United was one of the stand-out right full backs in the league last season, perhaps second only to Argentine Pablo Zabaleta over at rivals City, but despite the lack of quality behind Dani Alves for Brazil Rafael still can’t get a look in. A stuttering start to the 2013/14 season under new coach David Moyes won’t have helped his chances, and a call-up looks increasingly unlikely as the weeks pass by.

A player who might have more optimism when it comes to his chances of a call-up, is Chelsea attacking midfielder Willian. He impressed in Brazil’s recent friendly against Honduras where he was amongst the goals in a 5-0 win, linking up well with his team-mates in what was his first appearance for Brazil in just over two years. He’s also impressed for Chelsea when selected, and could be one of the more reliable players for Mourinho during the Portuguese’s less than perfect start to his second stint at Chelsea.

There won’t be many (if any) chances between now and the World Cup for fringe players to impress in a Brazil shirt. They’ll need to do their best for their clubs in order to convince Scolari to take a chance on them when it comes to picking his all-important final squad.

 

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February 01, 2015
18:47Fluminense forward Matheus Carvalho joins Monaco on loan
18:36Report: Former Cruzeiro midfielder Everton Ribeiro turned down Arsenal and Manchester United to sign for Al Ahli Club
18:11David Luiz: Chelsea have to offer John Terry a new contract
17:15Wenger - Arsenal: "Gabriel Paulista is not David Luiz"
14:16Manchester United's Anderson will sign for Internacional on monday
13:12Daniel Sturridge hails Phil Coutinho after Liverpool success
12:12Diego Costa - Chelsea: "I will not change"
January 31, 2015
18:23Dante’s Bayern hammered at Wolfsburg
17:28Thiago Silva happy with return for PSG
17:19Liverpool's Lucas Leiva explains celebrations against Aston Villa
17:09Corinthians in negotiations with Vagner Love
16:05Internacional to sign Manchester United's Midfielder Anderson
13:13Wenger reveals Arsenal’s methods over Gabriel Paulista signing
13:08Manchester City's Fernandinho banned for six months for speeding
12:57Tite ignores interest from Boca and wants Lodeiro to stay at Corinthians
12:53Muricy Ramalho says Alexandre Pato will get his chances in the team
12:49Barcelona president says Neymar is a footballing magician
09:10Fred renews his contract with Fluminense
January 30, 2015
21:46Carlos, the next Brazilian on his way to Shakhtar Donetsk?
21:33Sao Paulo have a deal with Racing's Adrian Centurion
17:10Manchester City midfielder Fernando respects and admires Matic
16:41Paolo Guerrero has other offers but priority is to stay at Corinthians
16:37Fluminense don't want to sell Gérson and denies Juventus link
16:31Walter says he has lost weight; also revealed three offers
16:25Atletico Madrid players condemn Neymar
14:19Gabriel Paulista set for Arsenal debut
12:03Lucas Leiva: 'I am enjoying my football with Liverpool'
11:58Internacional reaches agreement with Anderson who left Manchester United
11:55Tottenham reject AC Milan's loan offer for Paulinho
11:53Fernandinho: 'Manchester City can beat Chelsea without Toure'
11:42Manchester United's Anderson a target for Internacional
11:33Gabriel Paulista: 'Arsenal should be competing for title'
11:27Chelsea's Cahill defends Costa
January 29, 2015
22:30Report: Manchester United midfielder Anderson close to sealing Internacional switch
22:19Report: Schalke 04 defender Felipe Santana set to join Olympiacos
22:09Grêmio forward Júnior Viçosa joins Swiss Challenge League side FC Chiasso on a free transfer
15:41Guerrero seeks Europe return
15:10Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho taking Ronaldinho inspiration
14:00Lucas Lima explains why he decided to stay at Santos
13:52Wolfsburg make bid for Fluminense's Kenedy; an English club also enquired
13:41Neymar dreams about first Olympic Gold medal
13:38Cruzeiro have a deal in place to sign talented youngster Pará from Bahia
13:34São Paulo's offer for Éder Álvarez Balanta has been rejected
11:42Manchester United's Rafael takes up golf while recovering
11:27Chelsea's Willian: 'There was more pressure at Corinthians'
11:17Chelsea's Diego Costa handed violent conduct charge
11:09Willian desperate for a trophy with Chelsea
January 28, 2015
20:41New Arsenal signing Gabriel Paulista has "huge desire to play in the Premier League"
18:11Pereira could be on way out at Manchester United
18:02Chelsea: Mourinho backs Diego Costa
January 31, 2015
13:13Wenger reveals Arsenal’s methods over Gabriel Paulista signing
13:08Manchester City's Fernandinho banned for six months for speeding
12:57Tite ignores interest from Boca and wants Lodeiro to stay at Corinthians
12:53Muricy Ramalho says Alexandre Pato will get his chances in the team
12:49Barcelona president says Neymar is a footballing magician
January 30, 2015
16:41Paolo Guerrero has other offers but priority is to stay at Corinthians
16:37Fluminense don't want to sell Gérson and denies Juventus link
16:31Walter says he has lost weight; also revealed three offers
11:58Internacional reaches agreement with Anderson who left Manchester United
11:55Tottenham reject AC Milan's loan offer for Paulinho
January 29, 2015
14:00Lucas Lima explains why he decided to stay at Santos
13:52Wolfsburg make bid for Fluminense's Kenedy; an English club also enquired
13:41Neymar dreams about first Olympic Gold medal
13:38Cruzeiro have a deal in place to sign talented youngster Pará from Bahia
13:34São Paulo's offer for Éder Álvarez Balanta has been rejected
January 28, 2015
14:43Atlético-PR's Marcos Guilherme wanted by Bayern Munich and Shakhtar
14:09Manchester City's Fernandinho chosen by Shakhtar fans as the best Brazilian in their history
14:06Roma's offer for Luiz Adriano considered low by Shakhtar
12:22Cruzeiro want Felipe Gedoz from Brugge but a transfer is difficult
12:17Alexandre Pato interests Everton
January 27, 2015
14:50São Paulo to sign Adrián Centurión from Racing
14:41Brazil U20's Marcos Guilherme says Uruguay's Facundo Castro called him a 'monkey' several times
12:05Luiz Adriano will only leave if the offer satisfies Shakhtar
12:00Éverton Ribeiro is in London to have his Al-Ahli medical
11:56Neymar thinks Cristiano Ronaldo should be punished
January 26, 2015
16:41Douglas Costa will be happy to continue at Shakhtar if they reject Chelsea's offer
12:04Darío Conca will earn more than Neymar at Shanghai Dongya
11:53Luiz Adriano sees advantage in playing in Italy and admits AS Roma interest
11:47Paulinho wants clarification over his Tottenham future
January 24, 2015
13:45Santos trying to sell Patito Rodríguez
13:40Tite says he wants Jádson to stay at Corinthians
13:35Fluminense coach Cristóvão says Fred is close to renewing his contract
13:30Cruzeiro reveals other offers for Éverton Ribeiro
13:26Cruzeiro president says Real Madrid paid what they asked for Lucas Silva
January 23, 2015
12:46Internacional might find it difficult to hold onto Aránguiz
12:42Álvaro Pereira to leave São Paulo and join Estudiantes
12:40Santos sign Marquinhos Gabriel on loan
12:37Cruzeiro will unveil De Arrascaeta today
12:33Douglas Costa confirms Shakhtar rejected Chelsea's initial offer
January 22, 2015
13:47Douglas Coutinho will go to Holland, says Doyen Group's representative
13:43Fluminense striker Fred has an offer from China and can leave soon
13:25Bernard again says he's unhappy at Shakhtar
13:17Lucas Silva's father confirms the rapprochement of Real Madrid
13:11Real Madrid willing to meet Cruzeiro's demands for Lucas Silva
January 20, 2015
15:12Jádson wants to continue at Corinthians
15:07Flamengo wants Cícero and Walter from Fluminense
14:46Fluminense coach Cristóvão also admits Conca is on his way out of the club
14:12Agent says De Arrascaeta went to Cruzeiro because of Internacional's delay
14:05Brazil U20 recover from the loss against Uruguay and overcomes Venezuela
January 19, 2015
13:35Montillo intends to return to Brazil and has an offer from Flamengo
January 19, 2015
20:37Willian: 'Chelsea controlled the game'
January 11, 2015
19:49Coritiba confirm the signings of Negueba and Pedro Ken
17:17De Arrascaeta to Internacional can be announced any time now, says Defensor president
January 04, 2015
16:03Mircea Lucescu: Tour of Brazil will become part of Shakhtar history
15:08Lucescu: Shakhtar’s Brazil tour will be part of the history
January 03, 2015
12:16Sergei Palkin: It’s important for us to play with the top teams of the Brazilian league
January 02, 2015
16:49Cruzeiro confirm survey from Mexico regarding Anselmo Ramon
15:28Internacional have competition from Europe for De Arrascaeta
14:16No contacts with Internacional, says Sandro's agent
14:13Shakhtar goes on tour across Brazil
December 30, 2014
17:18Fluminense director says no offer for Darío Conca
December 25, 2014
14:37Leandro Damião to Cruzeiro is back on
June 26, 2014
14:33Report: Flamengo one of eight clubs who have enquired about loaning Internazionale midfielder Rubén Botta
June 16, 2014
11:35Brazil Head Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari backs Portugal to recovery from heavy Germany defeat
June 09, 2014
23:18Italy forward Lorenzo Insigne insists Italy’s poor defending in victory against Fluminense is “not important”
23:12Italy forward Ciro Immobile “excited” with hat-trick against Fluminense
22:56Italy Head Coach Cesare Prandelli pleased with Fluminense victory
22:52Italy Head Coach Cesare Prandelli delighted with Brazilian support
June 07, 2014
23:32Italy line up confirmed for Fluminense friendly
May 19, 2014
22:13Portugal Manager Paulo Bento names his 23-man 2014 FIFA World Cup squad
May 18, 2014
19:09Sambafoot Sunday: Botafogo's Shaky Start to 2014
April 13, 2014
08:34Sambafoot Sunday: Brazilian Clubs' Libertadores Numbers Game
April 06, 2014
09:20Sambafoot Sunday: Atlético Mineiro's Anelka Interest Should be the Norm
February 14, 2014
12:23Shakhtar Donetsk: President decided to support Maicon’s family
February 09, 2014
09:25Sambafoot Sunday: Where’s Wallyson? Botafogo find their new hero post-Seedorf
January 26, 2014
10:09Sambafoot Sunday: Cruciate curse affects Seleção hopes of three midfielders
December 01, 2013
13:36Sambafoot Sunday: Could Éverton Ribeiro Crack Europe?
November 25, 2013
11:39Brasileirão Week 36 round up: Vasco shock champions to stay in contention while defeat leaves Ponte Preta on the brink
November 24, 2013
10:17Sambafoot Sunday: Palmeiras Promoted with Chapecoense in Tow
November 17, 2013
12:00Palmeiras secure Brasileirão Série B title with 3-0 win against Boa Esporte
November 12, 2013
08:42Relegation threatened Fluminense sack head coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo
November 10, 2013
12:59Sambafoot Sunday: Atlético Paranaense's hurricane season
November 09, 2013
10:05Drummer angers Flamengo fans
November 04, 2013
13:04Brasileirão week 32 round-up: Big win for Vasco as in-form Goiás maintain top four push
November 03, 2013
17:31Sambafoot Sunday: Surprise Packages in the 2013 Brasileirão
October 28, 2013
11:31Brasileirão Week 31 round up: Vital win for Ponte Preta while Goiás maintain top four push
October 21, 2013
13:21Olympique Marseille without defender Lucas Mendes for Napoli fixture
12:12Injury rules Bayern Munich defender Dante out of Viktoria Plzeň tie
October 20, 2013
23:50São Paulo president Juvenal Juvêncio admits interest in Lucas Moura loan return
October 18, 2013
11:47Diego Maradona dispute’s Pelé’s FIFA recognition
09:04Del Bosque: Costa approach no insult to current strikers
October 17, 2013
21:43Hard work is paying off insists Bayern Munich defender Rafinha
13:17Rodrigo Lasmar: Ronaldinho on track to be fit for the Club World Cup
October 16, 2013
19:53Report: Tottenham Hotspur set to offer Paulinho extended deal
09:12Report: São Paulo could terminate Lúcio’s contract if injury concerns prevail
October 13, 2013
18:32Brasileirão: Grêmio slip up as Vitoria and Santos grab victories
14:49Vanderlei Luxemburgo: ‘Simulation part of football’
October 09, 2013
20:37Mineiro learn Club World Cup fate
October 06, 2013
22:39Oswaldo de Oliveira in hospital after Botafogo defeat
11:55Sambafoot Sunday: Cruzeiro cruising at the top of the Brasileirão
February 01, 2015
18:47Fluminense forward Matheus Carvalho joins Monaco on loan
18:36Report: Former Cruzeiro midfielder Everton Ribeiro turned down Arsenal and Manchester United to sign for Al Ahli Club
14:16Manchester United's Anderson will sign for Internacional on monday
January 31, 2015
16:05Internacional to sign Manchester United's Midfielder Anderson
January 29, 2015
22:30Report: Manchester United midfielder Anderson close to sealing Internacional switch
22:19Report: Schalke 04 defender Felipe Santana set to join Olympiacos
22:09Grêmio forward Júnior Viçosa joins Swiss Challenge League side FC Chiasso on a free transfer
January 28, 2015
20:41New Arsenal signing Gabriel Paulista has "huge desire to play in the Premier League"
18:11Pereira could be on way out at Manchester United
17:02Milan and Valencia consider Paulinho bids
16:00Fluminense midfielder Darío Conca denies he is joining Shanghai SIPG for the money
15:51Report: Juventus close in on €11 million deal for Fluminense midfielder Gerson
15:43Grêmio officials deny defender Rhodolfo is set to join Internazionale on loan
January 27, 2015
23:37Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa praises Chelsea manager José Mourinho
21:52Report: Fenerbahçe target Grêmio forward Marcelo Moreno
21:39Cruzeiro agree deal to sign defender Eugenio Mena on a free transfer from Santos
21:29São Paulo loan defender Luis Ricardo to Brasileirão Série B side Botafogo
January 26, 2015
22:32Midfielder Lucas Silva "felt emotional" during Real Madrid unveiling
22:03Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista given work permit to secure Arsenal move
21:55Report: Milan ready to rival Al Ahli Club bid for Cruzeiro midfielder Everton Ribeiro
21:45Report: Roma to pursue Shakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano as alternative to Chelsea's Mohamed Salah
January 25, 2015
20:45Report: Queens Park Rangers offered Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato
20:40Manager Arsene Wenger confirms Arsenal are set to sign Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista
January 24, 2015
22:39Report: Everton latest club linked with Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato
22:30Report: Arsenal set to seal €14.7 million deal for Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista
January 23, 2015
22:13Report: Manchester United to rival Arsenal bid for Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista
22:02Sporting CP announce deal for Anzhi defender Ewerton
21:57Real Madrid sign Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva
January 22, 2015
16:22Arsenal are close to finally signing Gabriel Paulista - Wenger confirmed
January 21, 2015
23:25Report: Manchester United quoted €86 million for Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos
15:46Forward Ryder Matos eager to earn a starting berth at Palmeiras after joining on loan from Fiorentina
15:37Report: Milan tracking Fluminense forward Kenedy
15:34Lazio confirm they have agreed a deal with Sporting CP for defender Maurício
January 20, 2015
15:10Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho hopeful of Wembley appearance
15:00Fluminense Head Coach Cristóvão Borges confirms offer from China for midfielder Darío Conca
January 19, 2015
15:56Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu explains why his team are touring Brazil
15:20Barcelona confirm thigh injury will keep defender Douglas out for "three to four weeks"
15:10Report: Juventus to rival Roma bid for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano
15:00Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista refusing to be distracted by reported Arsenal interest
15:00Report: Midfielder Lucas Leiva open to Liverpool exit amid Atlético de Madrid and Internazionale interest
January 18, 2015
22:59Galatasaray defender Alex Telles denies he has received offers to move elsewhere
January 17, 2015
22:46Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho prefers to praise team despite individual contribution of Diego Costa and Oscar to win over Swansea City
January 16, 2015
22:40Juan Jesus unhappy that with Giorgio Chiellini's handling of 'elbow' altercation
22:31Internazionale defender Juan Jesus explains 'elbow' on Giorgio Chiellini
17:19Report: São Paulo are back in for Darío Conca
January 15, 2015
16:37Report: Sampdoria consider Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato as alternative to Everton's Samuel Eto'o
15:46Ronaldo open to making return to playing with North American Soccer League side Fort Lauderdale Strikers
15:07Veteran defender Betão rejoins Dynamo Kyiv on a free transfer
January 13, 2015
15:12São Paulo have received an offer for Osvaldo from Al-Ahli
13:15Lucas Lima to stay at Santos
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