The Leeds and Zenit attackers were rewarded for their efforts after attracting Tite’s attention
The attacking duo Raphinha and Claudinho handed over their first senior calls to the Brazilian national team ahead of Selecao’s Qatar 2022 qualification in September.
The Leeds player and Zenit forward both took first place amid the Tite team, while the latter was rewarded for a successful campaign for gold medals in Tokyo 2020.
Now they are in the frame to make their debut for the qualifiers of their country, while undergoing a match of Copa America with Argentina, between matches against Chile and Peru.
What was said?
“We have been following Raphinha for some time now since moving to the Premier League,” Tite told a news conference after confirming his team.
“We look for information in every way, and he has an emphatic dribbling technique. He also scored a number of important goals, a decisive player.”
The team of Brazil complete
Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (palm trees); Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Lucas Veríssimo (Benfica), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Danilo (Juventus), Daniel Alves (Sao Paulo), Guilherme Arana (Atletico Mineiro) ))); Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fred (Manchester United), Lucas Paqueta (Lyon), Claudinho (Zenit), Bruno Guimaraes (Lyon), Everton Ribeiro (Flemish), Fabinho (Liverpool); Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Richarlison (Everton), Matheus Cunha (Hertha Berlin), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Barbosa (Flemish), Raphinha (Leeds United).
The bigger picture
Calls for both Claudinho – a star of the Selecao in Tokyo 2020, a gold medal campaign in Japan during the low season – and Raphinha will probably only increase the position of both players in the coming months.
The former moved to Europe to advance his career, while the latter was already linked with a move away from Leeds amid good condition last quarter, although he plans to stay at Elland Road for the time being.
They could very well play against Chile on September 2, the first of Brazil’s three matches during the international break, and Argentina follow three days later on September 5 before visiting Peru on September 9.