Neymar on Brazil roster for Dunga's first match as manager

Ryan Rosenblatt
SB Nation

Dunga named his first Brazil squad since taking over as manager -- his second stint leading the Selecao -- and it is headlined by Neymar. There was some concern that the Barcelona player would miss out as he recovers from injury, but he is on the team that had 13 changes from the side that went to the World Cup.

Brazil will play two September friendlies in the United States. The first is on the 5th against Colombia in Miami, and the second is on the 9th against Ecuador in New Jersey. The contest against Colombia means Neymar will likely be pit against Juan Zuniga, whose tackle broke one of the Brazilian's vertebrae at the World Cup.

Marcelo and Dani Alves, who started for Brazil this summer, are off the team. Both were heavily criticized for their play at the World Cup and Dunga has left them both out. Fred is also off the team, having announced his international retirement. Lucas Moura may be the most high profile player not to get called in, with the PSG player still struggling to crack the Selecao.

Thiago Silva missed out on the team, but that is due to injury.

The most notable newcomer on the squad may be Ricardo Goulart, who leads the Brasileirao in scoring this season. Philippe Coutinho is also getting a look as Dunga looks to remake a team that was embarrassed in the World Cup and only has 10 months until Copa America.


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).

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