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Oscar pays the price for subpar season as Dunga names Brazil squad for Copa America

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Brazil head coach Dunga had two more weeks, until May 20th, to make his final cuts from his 40-man preliminary squad for this summer's Copa America Centenario, but he's already made up his mind and submitted the final 23-man list.  One wonders what was the point of naming 17 extra names for less than a week, without even a training camp or a group meeting or something outwardly obvious that would've helped him make these cuts.

In any case, among the victims of the cut is one-half of Chelsea's dynamic Brazilian duo, Oscar.  Willian, as expected, has been named in the final squad as he bids to do nothing else but play football this summer with his commitments at the Copa and then, probably, at the Olympics in Rio later as well (alongside Neymar).  Former Chelsea man Filipe Luís also makes the cut.

Brazil's final squad for the Copa America, in full:

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Internacional), Diego Alves (Valencia), Ederson (Benfica)

Defenders: Miranda (Internazionale), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Rodrigo Caio (São Paulo), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Filipe Luís (Atlético Madrid), Fabinho (AS Monaco), Douglas Santos (Atlético Mineiro)

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Lucas Lima (Santos), Willian (Chelsea), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Rafinha (Barcelona), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Hulk (Zenit St. Petersburg), Gabriel (Santos), Ricardo Oliveira (Santos)