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Rafinha Is Huge Coup For Brazil U20s As Avila Names 22-Man Squad For South American U20 Championship

Rafinha is a real coup for the Brazilian side as he also had the option to play for Spain.

Rafinha is a real coup for the Brazilian side as he also had the option to play for Spain.

Emerson Avila has named his Brazil Under 20 squad that will play in Argentina and challenge for the South American Youth Championship next month.

Among the names that could face potential stardom in years to come are two sons of Brazil’s 1994 World Cup winners in the form of Matheus, son of Bebeto and Rafinha, son of Mazinho.

Rafinha is a key inclusion for Avila’s side. After already representing Spain at Under 19 level, he is expected to take the nationality of his father and represent Brazil in the future. Naming him in the squad for this tournament is seen as a huge coup for the 22-man squad.

The competition officially kicks off on January 9th and Brazil have been placed in Group A alongside Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru and Uruguay.

Full Squad (source: Samba Foot)

Goalkeepers: Matheus Caldeira (Corinthians), Luis Gustavo (Vitória)

Defenders: Samir (Flamengo), Antônio Carlos (Corinthians), Dória (Botafogo), Luan (Vasco), Douglas Santos (Nautico), Mansur (Vitoria), Wallace (Fluminense), Igor Julião (Fluminense)

Midfielders: Jadson (Botafogo), Misael (Grêmio), Lucas Cândido (Atlético-MG), Felipe Anderson (Santos), Rafael Alcântara (Barcelona), Mattheus (Flamengo), Fred (Internacional)

Forwards: Marcos Júnior (Fluminense), Bruno Mendes (Botafogo), Ademilson (São Paulo), Adryan (Flamengo), Leandro (Grêmio)

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