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Many changes in Dunga’s first Brazil call-ups since World Cup disaster

Aug 19, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

Coutinho will be the main man this season. Getty Images

My, how things have changed.

Brazil’s two listless losses to end their home World Cup outside of the Top Three — including that 7-1 shellacking from Germany — have a slew of new names on manager Dunga’s first list of call-ups.

Dani Alves, Marcelo and Fred are among 10 World Cup starters who won’t be in the fold for U.S.-hosted friendlies against Ecuador and Colombia next month.

[ MORE: Back to the future, as Dunga confirmed as manager ]

Julio Cesar, Dante and Paulinho also missed the list, as did the injured Thiago Silva. In all, 13 roster players missed the cut.

So who remains? Neymar — who will face the man who ended his World Cup in Juan Zuniga — David Luiz and Oscar. Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is among the new names on the list.

From the Associated Press:

“History shows that you can’t start from scratch, it’s important to keep some of the previous structure in place,” Dunga said. “Slowly we will be giving opportunities to the younger players. It’s not because of one bad result that everything was wrong.”

Dunga said other World Cup players may be back in the future.

“It’s important that all players know that this is just the beginning of our work,” the coach said. “It doesn’t mean that the players not in this list won’t have another chance with the national team. The doors will remain open to all Brazilian players.”

Full Brazil roster

Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Rafael (Napoli)

Defenders: Maicon (AS Roma), Alex Sandro (Porto), Danilo (Porto), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Gil (Corinthians), Mirando (Atletico Madrid).

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Oscar (Chelsea), Ricardo Goulart (Cruzeiro).

Forwards: Everton Ribeiro (Cruzeiro), Hulk (Zenit), Neymar (Barcelona), Diego Tardelli (Atletico Mineiro).

  1. the0verheadwire - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    David Luiz plays for PSG now, not Chelsea. I’m wondering if they wish they hadn’t bought him.

  2. Ian's Rushtache - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Watching Brazil performances at the WC, I couldn’t believe that there wasn’t a spot for Coutintho on that team. Too many like for like physical midfielders and no one with an eye for a pass. Deserved call up.

  3. Ian's Rushtache - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Why do 75% of posts done on my phone not show up? Why can I not post through the app at all? These issues keep me from commenting more.

    • Ian's Rushtache - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Of course this goes through, while my take on the article does not.

      • geejon - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        Happened to me on my pc many times so its nothing to do with your phone. After it happened a few times I learned to copy my posts in case it happened again. You know what happens when your post doesn’t go through and you simply paste it again and resend it … you get a message saying “you posted that already”. Yet the post never appears. Wish I could be of more help, buddy.

  4. geejon - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    No wonder so many players are constantly missing games thru injuries. National team players finished up their domestic leagues this spring and went directly to preparing and then playing in the World Cup. They then went back into training for their domestic teams again and have started their seasons. Some still haven’t recovered from the toll of the world cup, yet at the same time they’re regaining fitness for their domestic leagues they’re scheduled to play in FRIENDLIES???? That’s insane. These games are stupid, pointless money-grabs. Fans do not care about them. Players do not care about them. Someone pulls a hamstring and he’s lost to their club team for at least a month. It’s so stupid. Can’t these guys get a moment to rest their minds and bodies??

  5. mikeevergreen - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    I think maybe Dunga could build up some goodwill here by putting some MLS-based Brazilians on the field. Just sayin’!

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