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Monday, July 26, 2010

Mano Menezes announces squad for Brazil v. USA, August 10 friendly

Just two days after his July 25 appointment as coach of the Brazilian national soccer team, former Corinthians manager Mano Menezes listed his roster for the upcoming August 10 friendly against the United States at the Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

The squad included only 4 members of the South Africa 2010 World Cup team and featured 11 newcomers to the national team.

Speaking of the selection of Menezes, Brazilian soccer federation President Ricardo Texeira pointed to the need for "a philosophy of renovation" in the national team, adding that he had no doubt that the transformation would be in place by 2014.

Menezes's squad selection for the upcoming Brazil v. USA friendly offered a tantalizing glimpse of precisely this concept of renovation by retaining only Dani Alves, Robinho, Thiago Silva and Ramires from the 2010 World Cup squad.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Renan (Avai), Victor (Gremio).

Defenders: Andre Santos (Fenerbahce), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Rafael da Silva (Manchester United), David Luis (Benfica), Henrique (Racing Santander), Rever (Atletico Mineiro), Thiago Silva (AC Milan).

Midfielders: Carlos Eduardo (Hoffenheim), Ederson (Lyon), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Hernanes (Sao Paulo), Jucilei (Corinthians), Lucas Leiva (Liverpool), Ramires (Benfica), Sandro (Internacional).

Forwards: Alexandre Pato (AC Milan), Andre (Santos), Diego Tardelli (Atletico Mineiro), Neymar (Santos), Robinho (Santos).

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