In Pictures: Brazil assemble for Copa America

The Selecao have arrived at the Granja Comary training complex in Teresopolis ready for this month’s Copa America in Chile.

The majority of the Brazil squad have arrived at the Granja Comary training complex in Teresopolis where they will prepare for the Copa America in Chile.

Douglas Costa, Everton Ribeiro and Neymar are yet to arrive due to their respective club commitments, but the overwhelming majority of Dunga’s squad are settling down in what will be the team’s home prior for the next ten days as the Selecao prepare to meet Mexico and Honduras as the Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour returns to Brazil for the first time since last year’s World Cup.

The coaching staff will leave the team’s first training session on Tuesday.

Newcomer Geferson is among those hoping to make an impression, after receiving his first international call-up following the withdrawal of Real Madrid’s Marcelo through injury.

Atletico Madrid star Miranda was all smiles as he arrived ready to lead Dunga’s back four, which has conceded just twice in eight matches since the World Cup.

Roberto Firmino is the most recent introduction into the side, and he looked right at home as he arrived at Granja Comary for the first time. The Hoffenheim forward is expected to lead the line this month.

Coutinho has appeared in every Brazil squad since Dunga’s appointment, but has had to settle for a cameo role. However, with Oscar missing through injury, he now has the chance to cement a first-team place.

Fred was drafted into the squad along with Felipe Anderson just for this month’s friendlies, but Luiz Gustavo’s injury means he could claim a role at Copa America if he impresses over the next 10 days.

Goalkeeper Neto, who was drafted into the squad after Valencia’s Diego Alves added his name to the increasing injury list which has claimed midfielders Oscar and Luiz Gustavo, was put through his paces upon arrival.

Paris Saint-Germain stopper Marquinhos also underwent a fitness test in Teresopolis. He will hope to dislodge the central-defensive partnership of David Luiz and Miranda.

Goalkeeper Jefferson has graduated to the Selecao’s undisputed No.1 since Dunga’s arrival and the Botafogo keeper headed straight for the gym as he prepares for the month ahead.

Fernandinho also got straight to work. Monday’s withdrawal of Luiz Gustavo because of a knee injury has handed the Manchester City man an opportunity to reclaim his place in Dunga’s first team.

Thiago Silva deputised for the injured David Luiz in the Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour victories over France and Chile on March, but has his work cut out if he is to win back a place at the heart at Dunga’s back four.

Diego Tardelli is another hoping to make an impression after enforced absences from the last two squads saw Robert Firmino star in the false no.9 role.

And the boss has now joined the squad after a cancelled flight from Porto Alegre delayed his arrival.

Source: GOAL