Kaka, Neymar not included in Brazil's squad for Copa America
Updated: 2016-05-06 10:53
Barcelona's Neymar during their Spanish Liga BBVA against Real Betis at the Benito de Villamarin stadium, Seville, on April 30, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]
RIO DE JANEIRO - Dunga, Brazil's national team coach, announced Thursday the final list of 23 players that will play in the 2016 Centennial Copa America in the United States from June 3 to 23.
The final 23 came from a shortlist of 40 names released last week, which does not include veteran Kaka, who currently plays in the United States, and gives preference to players who are younger than 23 years old.
This has been seen as a preparation tactic for the upcoming Olympic Games 2016 which will take place in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, throughout August where Brazil will be looking to win the gold medal in soccer.
Even though new players have been incorporated into the team, Dunga has kept his main players from recent teamsheets.
However, soccer star Neymar will not participate in the competition to be held in the US as he can only participate in one international tournament per year in line with Barcelona's conditions, and the national coach has decided to use Neymar in the Olympics instead.
Orlando City SC midfielder Kaka (10) kicks the ball as New England Revolution defender London Woodberry (28) defends during the second half at Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, FL, April 17, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]
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