After leaving some big names off his 40-man preliminary roster, Brazil manager Dunga has made a couple of more high-profile cuts for the final squad he'll be bringing to the United States this summer.
After leaving some big names off his 40-man preliminary Copa America Centenario roster, Brazil manager Dunga has made a couple of more high-profile cuts for the final squad he'll be bringing to the United States this summer.
Chelsea midfielder Oscar and Liverpool's Roberto Firmino are among the 17 players who did not make the final cut for Brazil, which will play Ecuador, Haiti and Peru in group play in next month's competition. With Neymar already ruled out of the competition and committing to playing only in the Olympics, Dunga had omitted the likes of David Luiz, Thiago Silva and Marcelo from his preliminary squad.
As for those who will be playing for the Seleção, the roster is headlined by Chelsea's Willian, Zenit's Hulk, Barcelona's Dani Alves and Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho.
Orlando City captain Kaká was initially left off as well, but with Douglas Costa ruled out with a thigh injury, Dunga turned to the former FIFA World Player of the Year as his replacement. Then Kaká needed an injury replacement of his own. A muscle knock force Dunga into another change, with Paulo Ganso getting the call to fill the void. That will be unwelcome news to fans in the Orlando area, with Brazil playing Haiti at the Citrus Bowl on June 8.
Here is Brazil's roster in full:
GOALKEEPERS: Alisson (Internacional), Diego Alves (Valencia), Marcelo Grohe (Gremio)
DEFENDERS: Dani Alves (Barcelona), Rodrigo Caio (São Paulo), Fabinho (Monaco), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Miranda (Inter Milan), Douglas Santos (Atletico Mineiro)
MIDFIELDERS: Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Paulo Ganso (São Paulo), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Elias (Corinthians), Walace (Gremio), Lucas Lima (Santos), Lucas Moura (PSG), Willian (Chelsea)
FORWARDS: Gabriel (Santos), Hulk (Zenit), Ricardo Oliveira (Santos)