Brazil became the first of the 16 nations participating in the 2016 Copa America Centenario to confirm a final 23 man squad for the tournament in the United States. While teams have until May 20 to send a final list to the organizers, the five FIFA World Cup champions decided to have their list done early, just six days after national team manager Dunga announced a provisional squad of 40 players.
Already having a side without players such as Neymar, David Luiz, Thiago Silva and Marcelo, other players such as Oscar, Fernandinho, Kaka, Lucas Moura and Roberto Firmino have not been included in this side for Dunga. Instead players such as Chelsea FC's Willian, Bayern Munich's Douglas Costa and Zenit St. Peterburg's Hulk would headline the attack with captain Miranda of Inter Milan and FC Barcelona's Dani Alves heading the defense.
The team also feature seven members from clubs in Brazil, who will be without key players in the middle of the domestic league season especially Gabriel Barbosa of Santos, who many deemed to be the replacement of Neymar for this tournament given his comparisons with the FC Barcelona winger. Some key players are also Casemiro of Real Madrid who is coming off a fantastic season with his club in Spain and Barcelona’s Rafinha who had been missing since suffering a serious knee injury in September.
"They see that there is something bigger to the player's absence; it is the dream of every player to defend the Selecao. But we all talk about it, we all have opinions, no one is trying to trap anyone else,'' Dunga said in his press conference in the CBF headquarters in Rio de Janeiro.
How will they lineup & plans
Dunga is expected to go with a 4-2-2-2 formation with a lineup that includes Alisson in goal, Dani Alves, Gil, Miranda and Fillipe Luis in the defense, Luiz Gustavo and Elias as the holding midfielders, Renato Augusto and Willian as the attacking midfielders and Douglas Costa and Ricardo Oliveira as the forwards.
In their group, they take on Ecuador at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on June 4 in their first group match before traveling east to take on Haiti on June 7 in Orlando, Florida at the Citrus Bowl and will finish off their group matches against Peru in Foxborough, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium on June 12.
Brazil's Copa America Centenario squad in full
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Internacional), Diego Alves (Valencia), Ederson (Benfica)
Defenders: Miranda (Inter), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Fabinho (Monaco), Douglas Santos (Atletico Mineiro)
Midfielder: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Phillipe Coutinho (Liverpool), Lucas Lima (Santos), Willian (Chelsea), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Rafinha (Barcelona)
Forwards: Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Hulk (Zenit), Gabriel Barbosa (Santos), Ricardo Oliveira (Santos)