Brazil to field strong squad against Zambia
FC Barcelona star, Neymar and the Chelsea duo of Ramires and Oscar, are part of the 23-member strong squad Brazil coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari has named to play Zambia on October 15, in an international friendly match set for Beijing, China.
Meanwhile, Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard is expected to name his squad next week, Tuesday at a media briefing to be held at Football House in Lusaka.
Scolari named defender, Dede and goalkeeper Victor on Thursday in a strong squad befitting a FIFA qualifier or World Cup finals’ match, for friendlies against South Korea on October 12 before playing Zambia three days later.
Reuters reported that centre back Dede, who plays for Brazilian championship leaders, Cruzeiro, comes in for Paris Saint Germain captain, Thiago Silva, who has a thigh injury.
Victor, who helped Atletico Mineiro win South America’s Libertadores Cup in July, replaces Queens Park Rangers keeper Julio Cesar, who is nursing a broken finger.
Scolari has, however, maintained the core of the 2013 Confederations Cup winning squad with key players David Luiz, Paulinho, Luiz Gustavo, Oscar, Hulk and Neymar on the list.
The squad has Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Diego Cavalieri (Fluminense), Victor (Atletico Mineiro).
Defenders: David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Palmeiras), Dede (Cruzeiro), Maicon (AS Roma), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell (Paris Saint Germain)
Midfielders: Lucas Leiva (Liverpool), Hernanes (Lazio), Luiz Gustavo (VfL Wolfsburg), Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur), Ramires, Oscar (both Chelsea)
Forwards: Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Lucas (Paris Saint Germain), Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Alexandre Pato (Corinthians), Neymar (Barcelona).