Goalkeepers Julio Cesar (Inter) Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham) Center Backs Thiago Silva (Milan) David Luiz (Chelsea) Lucio (Inter) Luisao (Benfica) Full Backs Marcelo (Madrid) Adriano (Barca) Dani Alves (Barca) Maicon (Inter) Midfielders Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) Sandro (Tottenham) Ramires (Chelsea) Hernanes (Lazio) Lucas Moura (Sao Paulo) Douglas Costa(Shakhtar Donetsk) Ganso (Santos) Elano (Santos) Forwards Neymar (Santos) Robinho (Milan) Hulk (Porto) Pato (Milan) -------------------------------------------- Starting 11 1. Julio Cesar 2. Dani Alves 3. Lucio (This should be his last tournament. This is a way of thanking him for all his services over the years) 4. Thiago Silva 5. Lucas Leiva 6. Marcelo 7. Lucas Moura 8. Ramires 9. Hulk 10. Ganso 11. Neymar After Lucio retires from the selecao, I expect David Luiz to replace him. I think he will be a force in the middle in less than two years. Right now, he is not there yet but, his offensive skills are impeccable. As for the defensive midfielders, I am not overly confident with Lucas Leiva and Ramires but, I think they are the best options right now. I would really like to try Jucilei at #5 but, he needs more experience. You'll notice one important omission in the lefback position. Yes, Michel Bastos whom I respect a lot is not on the list. I have thought really hard about it but, after watching Marcelo and Adriano for the past few weeks, there simply isn't room for him as he recently came back from surgery and is not 100%. It is unlikely that he will reach his peak in times for Copa America. The funny thing is that, even at his best right now, he might not make my team. Marcelo has really improved defensively this year. Adriano has impressed me a lot with his defensive performances but, I start Marcelo because he has the edge in the offensive game. Why Hulk over Pato? Hulk is just a powerful and explosive finisher with a lot of tricks in his bag. Pato is also great but, he is not reliable. He is too prone to injuries. He is always pulling a hamstring or something else. Since he has been at Milan, he has missed a lot of games every year. He just pulled a hamstring last Sunday and will be out for three weeks. He was recently called up last month to play for Brazil against Scotland and then, he got injured. I think Brazil should start thinking about 2014 and should establish team chemistry. Therefore, Brazil will need to play with the same group of starters more or less for the next couple of years so they can get to know each other and establish a rhythm. They will need to play in lot of friendlies. They will have a problem in finding quality opponents as the teams that are trying to qualify for the world cups will not want to risk fielding their top players in an attempt to win a meaningless friendly match against Brazil. One more thing: Brazil has a lot of young players who need to gain a lot of experience in time for the 2014 world cup. That is the reason I am starting Lucas Moura in the midfield along with Ganso. Lucas will be a very important player and therefore needs to be put on the stage right now so he can learn. Brazil should not worry about just winning the trophy. It is more important to give this young group of players the experience they need so it can pay off in 2014. If the current coach is smart, he will preserve the same starting forwards and attacking midfielders in the olympics next year. What players would you call up for the upcoming Copa America?