Thursday, 16 June 2011

Franco Announces Squad for U20 World Cup

Brazil U20 boss Ney Franco has named his provisional squad ahead of the U20 World Cup in Peru. Plenty of familiar faces have made the cut, including Philippe Coutinho, Casemiro, and Diego Maurício. The involvement of Neymar and Lucas in the Copa América, however, means that they won't play a part.

In the squad; Philippe Coutinho.

The full squad is as follows;

Aleks (Avaí)
César (Flamengo)
Gabriel (Cruzeiro)

Danilo (Santos)
Galhardo (Flamengo)
Alex Sandro (Santos)
Gabriel Silva (Palmeiras)
Bruno Uvini (São Paulo)
Juan (Internacional)
Romário (Internacional)
Frauches (Flamengo)

Allan (Vasco da Gama)
Casemiro (São Paulo)
Fernando (Grêmio)
Dudu (Cruzeiro)
Alan Patrick (Santos)
Felipe Anderson (Santos)
Oscar (Internacional)
Philippe Coutinho (Internazionale)
Roni (Criciúma)

Diego Maurício (Flamengo)
Henrique (São Paulo)
Willian José (São Paulo)
Negueba (Flamengo)
Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim)
Sebá (Cruzeiro)

The list, then, includes five Flamengo youngsters, three of which (Diego Maurício, Galhardo, Negueba) have featured for the first team this term. São Paulo and Santos are also well represented in the seleção. Coutinho - who was disappointed to miss the South American U20 tournament through injury - will likely attract plenty of interest, as will Casemiro, who is reported to be the subject of transfer interest from Europe. The tournament starts on the 29th of July.

(Oh, and a round of applause for what might be the weirdest name ever. Take a bow, Frauches.)


  1. Frauches is a Portuguese surname

  2. Coutinho is a class act. Can't wait to see how he develops in the future.