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5 Brazil Players Betting Their Future on Game vs. Argentina

5 Brazil Players Betting Their Future on Game vs. Argentina

Posted by Laura Zúñiga on October 07, 2014

Brazil manager Dunga has much to consider in the days ahead, while travelling to the Far East to take on Argentina and Japan in Beijing and Singapore, respectively, as he continues planning for next summer's Copa America.

After announcing a squad that has more than a couple of controversial picks, albeit following the withdrawal through injury of some regular names, the pressure is on to prove that the right calls are being made.

At this point for several of those players, it is a case of playing for their continued involvement in the Brazil national team.

Who, then, are the five players most under scrutiny over the course of the coming fortnight?

Robinho:

Somewhat of a teacher's pet figure under Dunga, Robinho has been a feature in both the manager's squads so far in this second spell at the helm. Robinho played some excellent football under the 1994 World Cup winner first time around, becoming a central figure of the attack in the 2006-2010 cycle.

However, that remains by far the best period of the one time wunderkind's international career, while his game at club level has dropped off considerably in that time.

Still just 30, he should be right in the prime of his career yet managed just five league goals in his final two seasons at Milan. His record of three in nine in the Brasileirao since rejoining boyhood side Santos is also far from setting the world alight.

His inclusion is questioned and, if given minutes, it is up to him to justify his continued involvement at this level.

Kaká:

In a similar situation to Robinho, albeit two years further down the line, former World Player of the Year Kaka earned a surprise late call-up to the squad this week following injury to Cruzeiro's Ricardo Goulart.

While the former Milan star has been in good form of late—and indeed in his final season at Milan—his inclusion over perhaps more worthy candidates has also provoked much criticism.

There is no doubting that Kaka can still play a role at the top level, even if he is unable to truly take hold of games as he could in his prime. Kaka's challenge if used against Argentina and Japan, then, is to prove to his manager that he offers enough in his game to justify continued selection ahead of coming Copa America tournaments.

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