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Thursday 18 December 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.
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.
Defender - MARCUS TANAKA (Japan)
PoB: Sao Paulo
Having established himself as one of the best defenders in Asia, Tanaka is a regular member of the Japanese team and one of their key players for this summer's campaign.
Defender - PEPE (Portugal)
PoB: Maceio
With goals in both Euro 2008 and the World Cup 2010 qualifiers, the Real Madrid man is a versatile and dangerous defensive all-rounder, as comfortable in front of goal as he is defending it.
Defender - MEHMET AURELIO (Turkey)
PoB: Rio de Janeiro
Following three years with Turkish giants Fenerbahce, Aurelio became the first naturalised player to join the national team in 2003. The midfielder/defender played in Euro 2008 and has developed into an important member of the squad.
Midfielder - ALEX (Japan)
PoB: Maringa
Having moved to Japan aged 16, Alex has racked up 82 appearances for the national team, including a full 90 minutes in their 4-1 defeat to Brazil in the first round of the 2006 World Cup.
Midfielder - ANTONIO NAELSON (Mexico)
PoB: Itaja
Known simply as 'Sinha', Naelson became the first foreign-born player to score a goal for Mexico in a World Cup tournament, scoring against Iran in 2006.
Midfielder - MARCOS SENNA (Spain)
PoB: Sao Paulo
After four years playing for Villareal, Senna acheived Spanish citizenship and a place in the national squad in 2006. He represented Spain at the 2006 World Cup and was a part of the Euro 2008 winning team.
Midfielder - DECO (Portugal)
PoB: Sao Bernardo do Campo
Born in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Deco was a part of the Brazilian Nacional Youth team. Yet he moved to Portugal in 1997 and would go on to be a Champions League winner with Porto. Deco will be an integral member of Portugal's World Cup campaign - in which they feature in the same group as his home nation.
Forward - KEVIN KURANYI (Germany)
PoB: Rio de Janeiro
After first playing for the German under-21 side, Kuranyi stepped up to the senior squad with whom he now has 52 caps and 19 goals. Despite his excellent international record, a falling out with national coach Joachim Low means he won't be appearing in South Africa.
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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