Neymar won’t make trip to Australia

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    Neymar and several other top Brazilian players have been left out of the national squad for friendlies next month against the Socceroos and Argentina in Melbourne.

    The Barcelona striker has played a major tournament every summer since the Copa America in 2011 and he, along with Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, who is suffering from a muscle strain, were left out of coach Tite’s reformed squad.

    Regulars Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo and Dani Alves were also spared the trip to Australia.

    In their place, Monaco centre back Jemerson and Corinthians midfielder Rodriguinho were called up for the first time. Shakhtar Donetsk striker Taison, who has played just six minutes of international football, was another surprise inclusion.

    David Luiz will return in defence and Gabriel Jesus was recalled after two months out injured at Manchester City.

    Brazil will play Argentina on 9 June at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and face the host Socceroos at the same venue four days later.

    Brazil squad
    Diego Alves (Valencia), Weverton (Atletico-PR), Ederson (Benfica)

    David Luiz (Chelsea), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Jemerson (AS Monaco), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Thiago Silva (PSG), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Rafinha (Bayern Munich)

    Fernandinho (Manchester City), Giuliano (Zenit), Lucas Lima (Santos), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Rodriguinho (Corinthians), Willian (Chelsea)

    Diego Souza (Atletico-PR), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk)

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    The Crowd Says (13)

    • Roar Rookie

      May 20th 2017 @ 9:28am
      At work said | May 20th 2017 @ 9:28am | ! Report

      I knew this whole thing was a rort.
      Friendlies like this are nothing but a scam to the football public

    • May 20th 2017 @ 10:59am
      Worlds Biggest said | May 20th 2017 @ 10:59am | ! Report

      Feel for all those who have parted with there hard earned to buy tickets. My sister in law is spending a fortune on travel / accom and tickets for her and son in the hope to see Neymar v Messi but alas that was a pipedream.

      • May 20th 2017 @ 11:23am
        Nemesis said | May 20th 2017 @ 11:23am | ! Report

        It’s a practice match.

        Everyone in Australia should know, by now, that practice matches may or may not include the superstar players. And, even if they contain the superstar players you’re kidding yourself if you think they’ll give 100%.

        It’s a practice match. Set your expectations & budget for a practice match & you’ll never be disappointed.

        • May 20th 2017 @ 12:30pm
          Midfielder said | May 20th 2017 @ 12:30pm | ! Report


          BTW don’t forget to look at the reports and links tonight to live broadcast of NPL and FFA Cup matches. I need help to grow ths aspect of Football . See the end of this thread… remember when you click onto the thread to look to the right and click newest to go straight to the links…

          For a tastier have a look at ssy the last 20 posts or so on the thread.

        • May 20th 2017 @ 12:37pm
          Worlds Biggest said | May 20th 2017 @ 12:37pm | ! Report

          I know how it all works mate, just feel for my 11 year old nephew who was so excited to see Neymar v Messi. Whilst it’s a friendly game the MCG is a sellout. Respect and courtesy should be shown to a full paying audience. If Neymar was never a shot to play then state it from get go.

          • May 20th 2017 @ 12:45pm
            Nemesis said | May 20th 2017 @ 12:45pm | ! Report

            Fair enough.

            If anyone asked me, I would’ve said: Don’t expect Neymar, Messi, etc. to play these matches. If they do, it’s a bonus. But don’t buy your ticket expecting them to play.

            Of course, I wouldn’t expect the promoters to say that in the marketing statements.

          • May 20th 2017 @ 1:10pm
            Waz said | May 20th 2017 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

            @ worlds biggest.

            Seeing two of the greatest teams in world football play in front of 99,000 people will hopefully be decent compensation for your nephew.

      • May 20th 2017 @ 11:55am
        Waz said | May 20th 2017 @ 11:55am | ! Report

        I’ve got to agree with Nemesis here, if you bought tickets to see Neymar v Messi then you missed the obvious, you were buying tickets to see Brazil/Argentina ….. and if that’s not good enough (a) don’t buy tickets in the first place or (b) don’t whinge like a petulant child and insult the excellent players that are travelling.

    • May 20th 2017 @ 1:34pm
      MarkfromCroydon said | May 20th 2017 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

      Argentina vs Brazil is never a friendly match. This is a matter of national pride for both countries. Brazil are a great team without Neymar, and whilst he’s not coming, I’m still super excited to go and see the two arch rivals in what will be one of the best nights of football ever seen in this country. Dale, Dale Argentina!

    • May 20th 2017 @ 3:30pm
      Lee said | May 20th 2017 @ 3:30pm | ! Report

      Peeps that buy tickets to these games expecting the first team will travel all the way here to play a Mickey Mouse exhibition game are foolish. The same applies to the incessant games with Liverpool and even arsenal are now in on the act. A fool and his money are soon parted!!

      • Roar Rookie

        May 21st 2017 @ 6:56pm
        Stevo said | May 21st 2017 @ 6:56pm | ! Report

        100% correct. Only foolish people and Eurosnobs get excited by this circus. How about these ppl supporting Australian football and getting to HAL games. Oh, too much to ask for is it ???

        • Roar Rookie

          May 21st 2017 @ 9:35pm
          Stevo said | May 21st 2017 @ 9:35pm | ! Report

          Believe it or not this was originally sent to the Moderators.

      • Roar Rookie

        May 21st 2017 @ 6:57pm
        Stevo said | May 21st 2017 @ 6:57pm | ! Report

        100% correct. How about these ppl supporting Australian football and getting to HAL games. Oh, too much to ask for is it ???

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