Dunga announce squad for Copa América
With the coaches job reportedly on the line, it seemed like the under fire manager was preparing to take the competition seriously. Brazil tumbled out to Paraguay in the quarter-finals in Chile last June, which has increased doubts over Dunga’s ongoing suitability as manager.
Brazil have never won an Olympic gold and this year’s games take place on home soil for the Seleção. Having lost the battle with Barcelona for Neymar’s release, Dunga appears to have completely prioritised the games with four uncapped players travelling to the States. Brazil will face Ecuador, Haiti and Peru in the group stage of the competition.
Dunga suggested that giving tournament experience to members of his Olympic squad would take priority for this competition. Dunga knows that becoming the first Brazil manager to win the gold medal for football would greatly increase his standing and go some way to securing his job with the CBF.
Two English based players have been selected, with Willian and Philippe Coutinho selected. Roberto Firmino and Gabriel were amongst those cut from the 40 man squad Brazil announced a fortnight ago. Ederson (Benfica), Rodrigo Caio (São Paulo), Gabigol (Santos) and Douglas Santos (Atlético Mineiro) have all been selected. All of these players are set to be involved in the Olympic squad in August. The Brasileirão season continues during the tournament and that will significantly hurt Santos, who have three of their star attackers in the national squad.
“We are bringing a competitive team for an important tournament,” Dunga told the press in Rio de Janeiro, “Some not in the squad we already know about, we prefer to take the opportunity to look at some new faces.” Juninho Paulista will join the coaching staff for the tournament.
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Internacional), Diego Alves (Valencia), Ederson (Benfica).
Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Fabinho (Monaco), Filipe Luís (Atlético Madrid), Douglas Santos (Atlético Mineiro), Miranda (Internazionale), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Rodrigo Caio (São Paulo).
Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Rafinha (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Lucas Lima (Santos), Willian (Chelsea).
Forwards: Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Hulk (Zenit), Ricardo Oliveira (Santos), Gabriel (Santos).