Under-20 Brazil coach Ney Franco has named a 26-man squad, which he will later trim to 21, for next month's FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. It is largely comprised of the players who propelled the side to gold at the South American U-20 Championship at the start of the year, though Lucas and Neymar miss out due to their inclusion in Mano Menezes' senior party for the upcoming Copa America.
Inter starlet Philippe Coutinho, who missed the aforementioned continent tournament though injury, is the biggest name in the squad, which also includes highly-rated Sao Paulo defensive midfielder Casemiro and Internacional playmaker Oscar. Flamengo had an unparalleled five players selected, namely goalkeeper Cesar, centre-back Frauches, right-wingback Galhardo, and forwards Negueba and Diego Mauricio.
Brazil have won four FIFA U-20 World Cups – a total bettered only by six-time champions Argentina – but have not lifted the trophy since Daniel Alves, Dudu Cearense and Nilmar inspired them to a 1-0 victory over a Spain side including Andres Iniesta in the 2003 final.
Brazil will kick off their Group E campaign against Egypt on July 29, before taking on Austria on August 1 and Panama three days later.
Brazil's provisional squad for Colombia 2011
Goalkeepers: Aleksander (Avai), Cesar (Flamengo) & Gabriel (Cruzeiro)
Defenders: Bruno Uvini (Sao Paulo), Frauches (Flamengo), Juan (Internacional) & Romario (Internacional)
Wing-backs: Danilo (Santos), Galhardo (Flamengo), Gabriel Silva (Palmeiras) & Sandro (Santos)
Midfielders: Alan Patrick (Santos), Allan (Vasco), Casemiro (Sao Paulo), Dudu (Cruzeiro), Felipe Anderson (Santos), Fernando (Gremio), Oscar (Internacional), Philippe Coutinho (Inter) & Roni (Criciuma)
Forwards: Diego Mauricio (Flamengo), Henrique (Sao Paulo), Negueba (Flamengo), Roberto Firmino (Hoffenhein), Seba (Cruzeiro) & Willian Jose (Sao Paulo)