Brazil's Selection Has Some Nice Surprises for Upcoming Friendlies

By alejandrodejesus
Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Brazil national team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has released his selection roster for the upcoming November friendlies with a few names that were not expected to show. Many anticipated the selection of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa so that he would not be lost to the Spain national team, but he was not mentioned on the roster. Instead, Scolari named Paris-Saint Germain youngster Marquinhos for the first time and recalled Willian of Chelsea and Robinho of AC Milan.

The most surprising of the bunch is the addition of Robinho, who has only started to feature for his Italian club but has not shown impressive performances throughout.  An explanation for his selection is the lack of striking experience in the squad, and with Fluminense striker Fred out with an injury long-term, Scolari is turning to the somewhat seasoned Robinho.  Given this unexpected opportunity, the former Real Madrid striker must impress in the next two matches in order to at least be considered for the World Cup.

Recalling Willian is interpreted as a reward for his impressive performances since arriving at Chelsea.  The talented winger has hit the ground running since arriving at Stamford Bridge towards the end of the transfer window, and even though he has rarely appeared the former Shakhtar Donetsk player has proven his worth with each cap. It will be interesting to see how Felipão will use him as he already has an abundance of wingers in the lineup.

Willian might be used as Neymar‘s substitute as on the right hand side Hulk and Bernard have shown comfort in past matches. With the Chelsea winger’s selection comes the omission of Lucas Moura of PSG, who has shown brilliance in the Ligue 1 but does not seem to repeat that form for the Seleçao.

The upcoming matches against Honduras and Chile in North America will be a test as both teams have qualified for the World Cup this summer. Felipão has mentioned he is aware of the threat Chile will pose, as he coached their attacking midfielder Jorge Valdivia for a long time at Palmeiras.

PSG’s shining prospect Marquinhos is expected to make his debut within those matches. As Thiago Silva‘s apprentice, this will likely groom as the long-term replacement for the national team as well as in Paris. He might even receive a start as the Silva is out for a couple more weeks with an injury.

Alejandro de Jesús is a contributing football writer for Rant Sports. You can follow Alejandro on Twitter  @geografoot

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