It's the start of the domestic league season all across Europe with just a couple notable exceptions, which also means that it's almost time for the first international break of the season as well. And who doesn't love an international break! (Hint: most people.)
While most European teams will be contesting Euro 2016 qualifiers, others, like Brazil will be playing random friendlies. Coming off of a disappointing Copa America showing where they were eliminated by Paraguay, Dunga's men will be looking to start their World Cup 2018 qualifying cycle with a couple warm-up matches against Costa Rica and the United States. Both friendlies are set to be played on US soil, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ (Sep. 5) and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA (Sep. 8), respectively.
Only Willian and Filipe Luis were part of the Copa squad, Oscar and Ramires both missing out due to nagging injuries. Unsurprisingly, all four are set to take part in the upcoming two friendlies, though, of course, only three of them remain Chelsea players.
The full Brazil squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Marcelo Grohe (Gremio), Alisson (Internacional)
Defenders: David Luiz (PSG), Marquinhos (PSG), Miranda (Internazionale), Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Danilo (Real Madrid), Douglas Santos (Atletico Mineiro)
Midfielders: Luis Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Elias (Corinthians), Ramires (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Firmino (Liverpool), Kaka (Orlando City), Lucas Lima (Santos)
Forwards: Neymar (Barcelona), Lucas (PSG), Hulk (Zenit St. Petersburg), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich)