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Brazil add three players to Copa America 2024 squad; Ederson's replacement also named

Published at :May 20, 2024 at 8:54 PM
Modified at :May 20, 2024 at 8:54 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla


Ederson injured his eyes against Tottenham

In addition to replacing injured keeper Ederson, Brazil named his replacement. Three other players were added to the Copa America 2024 squad after South American regulatory body CONMEBOL permitted countries to increase their roster sizes from 23 to 26.

Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said in a statement on Sunday that Porto attacker Pepe, Juventus defender Bremer, and Atalanta midfielder Ederson have been added to the team.

Rafael from Sao Paulo has been substituted for Ederson from Manchester City by coach Dorival Junior, who took over Brazil in January following a string of disappointing performances in the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup under Fernando Diniz.

When Ederson clashed with Cristian Romero, the Argentina defender for Tottenham Hotspur, during City’s 2-0 away victory last week, he had minor damage to his eye orbit.

The 17-year-old Endrick was a member of Brazil’s first 23-man roster when it was announced earlier this month, but key players like Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus, as well as defensive midfielder Casemiro, were absent.

Winners nine times over Brazil’s Copa America season begins on June 24 against Costa Rica. Four days later, on July 2, they play Paraguay. The United States will host the quadrennial competition from June 20–July 14.

“All players, regardless of when they were called up, arrive on equal terms to compete and fight for a place in the starting team,” Junior said in a video released by CBF.

During part of their arrangements, Brazil will play friendlies against the United States on June 12 and Mexico on June 8. Selecao, the nine-time Copa America champions, will play their opening match in Group D on June 24 against Costa Rica.

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