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World Cup player profile: Fernandinho

The Man City man's first Brazil goal
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Fernandinho only forced his way into Luiz Felipe Scolari's plans in 2014 but could prove to be a massive player in their quest to win the World Cup.

Name: Fernandinho

Age: 29

Position: Midfielder

Club: Manchester City

Caps [goals]: 7 [1]

Fernandinho was only selected by Luiz Felipe Scolari for the first time in March but such was his impact around the squad and on the pitch that it has helped secure him a somewhat surprisingly call-up to the summer World Cup. He had played six times previously for Brazil but was never able to establish himself until his move to England last summer.

Why has he been selected?

The 29-year-old is able to play two key position in midfield. He is able to perform the holder role perfectly but it also equally adapt as a box-to-box midfielder. He left a lasting impression in the friendly against South Africa and will be one of the first reserves in the summer.

How has he played this season?

Fernandinho has been in stupendous form since moving to England from Shakhtar Donetsk and has been widely lauded as one of the signings of the season. He enjoyed a hugely successful season in terms of trophies by winning the Premier League and Capital One Cup titles.

What will his role be in Brazil?

It is predicted that Fernandinho will mainly cover Luiz Gustavo, who is expected to start as the holder for Scolari. As that position can carry the risk of yellow cards and suspensions, the Manchester City man is likely to be called upon.


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