SANTA CRUZ (Sporting Alert) – A Brazilian side made up of mainly locally based players will take on Bolivia in a friendly football international game on Saturday night.
With the likes of Fred, Kaka, Dani Alves, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Oscar, Ramires and Hulk not included in the squad, head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has opened the doors for domestic based player to show what they can do.
Brazil have been very poor in recent internationals, after failing to win a single game in regular time in the last five.
The five-time World Cup winners have failed to impress recently and are coming off two successive draws against Russia and Italy.
Scolari’s men were beaten 2-1 by England as well.
Bolivia, in the meantime, are still confident after playing to a 1-1 draw with another South American powerhouse, Argentina in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.
Team News: Neymar, Leandro Damião and Ronaldinho are all amongst the starters for Brazil tonight, with Arsenal’s on loan full back Andre Santos, midfielders Paulinho and Jadson all starting as well.
With Julio Caesar not getting a recall, Botafogo goalkeeper Jefferson will start between the posts tonight.
Strikers Alexandre Pato and Osvaldo are amongst the substitutes.
Brazil: Jefferson, Santos, Dedé, Réver, Jean, Jádson, Paulinho, Ralf, Ronaldinho, Leandro Damião, Neymar
Subs: Doria, Alexandre Pato, Osvaldo, Douglas Santos, Leandro, Matheus Vidotto.
Bolivia: Galarza, Eguino, Zenteno, Bejarano, Melean, Campos, Bejarano, Moreno, Arce, Rojas, Veizaga
Referee: Patricio Loustau (Argentina)