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Brazil coach wants 'beautiful game'
Mano Menezes names a young squad that he hopes will play with flair and style.
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2010 10:35 GMT
Menezes left out all but four of Brazil's World Cup squad for a friendly against the USA [AFP]

Brazil's new coach has said that he hopes the national team will return to playing the "beautiful game" now he has taken over from Dunga.

Mano Menezes was officially introduced as the Brazilian coach on Monday, including just four players from the World Cup squad and vowing
to try to make his young squad play with flair and style.

Alexandre Pato, Paulo Henrique Ganso and Neymar were all brought into the squad for the friendly against the United States on August 10.

Daniel Alves, Ramires, Thiago Silva and Robinho survived from the squad were eliminated in the quarter-finals in South Africa. Kaka, Luis Fabiano, Maicon and goalkeeper Julio Cesar were among those left out.

"It's the beginning of a renovation, with the goal being the 2014 World Cup and the [2012] London Olympics," Menezes said.

"We understood that some of the players needed a momentary rest. With time, we will probably have them back in the national team."

However, he added that some players will naturally lose their spot because of age. Brazil arrived at the World Cup with the tournament's oldest squad, with an average age of over 29.

Eleven players summoned into the squad were receiving their first call up.

AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato and Liverpool midfielder Lucas, who both missed out on the World Cup, were reselected.

Defensive tactics

Menezes accepted the Brazil job on Saturday, a day after Fluminense's Muricy Ramalho rejected the offer because his club would not release him from his contract.

Dunga was fired just days after Brazil's elimination at the hands of The Netherlands, with his defensive tactics heavily criticised at home.

"Dunga's team was disciplined tactically and that was positive," the former Cornithians coach said.

"That's what I want for Brazil, to be well-organised tactically. Because with the talented players that we have, we will always have the capacity to win."

Brazil will host the World Cup in 2014 for the first time since 1950.

"The World Cup in Brazil will make things harder in a way, but we also will have bigger support,'' Menezes said. "We need to be ready to overcome the pressure and to be in position to win the title."

Goalkeepers: Renan (Avai), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Gremio).

Defenders: Rafael (Manchester United), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Andre Santos
(Fenerbahce), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), David Luiz (Benfica), Henrique
(Racing Santander), Rever (Atletico Mineiro), Thiago Silva (AC Milan).

Midfielders: Ederson (Lyon), Carlos Eduardo (Hoffenheim), Hernanes (Sao
Paulo), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Lucas (Liverpool), Jucilei
(Corinthians), Ramires (Benfica), Sandro (Internacional).

Strikers: Robinho (Santos), Neymar (Santos), Alexandre Pato (AC Milan),
Andre (Santos), Diego Tardelli (Atletico Mineiro.

Source:
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