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Thursday 18 September 2014

The alternative Brazil XI

Goalkeeper - PHAN VAN SANTOS (Vietnam)
Place of birth: Rio de Janeiro
Although his adopted nation missed out on World Cup qualification this year, Rio born Santos did play for the south-east Asian country against the Brazilian Olympic team at the 2008 Games in Beijing.
Defender - MARCOS GONZALEZ (Chile)
PoB: Rio de Janeiro
With five international caps for his country, and World Cup qualification experience, the 6ft 3in defender will be hoping to force his way into the final squad for the World Cup.
Forward - EDUARDO DA SILVA (Croatia)
PoB: Rio de Janeiro
Eduardo took Croatian nationality in 2002 and by 2004 was making his debut for the national side. The Arsenal hitman would go on to be Croatia's top scorer at Euro 2008, but unfortunately will not get a chance to impress his nation of birth at the World Cup as Croatia failed to qualify for this summer's tournament..

Brazil are almost universally regarded as the greatest football nation on earth, a point proved by their 'favourites' tag heading into this summer's World Cup.

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And it would seem, that bearing this in mind, other countries have been luring Brazilian born players to their cause, asking them to switch nationality and ditch the famous yellow jersey in favour of their own.

Here, we bring together an alternative XI, made up of Brazilian born footballers currently playing for a country other than the one of their birth.

Source: Independent

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