5 Reasons That Brazil v Colombia Will Be Worth Watching


Brazil face a first match since their World Cup humiliation when they face Colombia in a friendly in Florida in the early hours of Saturday morning UK time.

The match marks a return to the national team dugout for Dunga, who previously coached Brazil for four years prior to leaving after the 2010 World Cup, with the 1994 World Cup-winning captain not exactly a universally popular choice.

With match streamed live on Unibet TV, we’ve picked out five reasons why you should stay up and watch:

 

Neymar Wears The Captain’s Armband For The First Time

There’s no Thiago Silva in this Brazil squad, and so Dunga has used the opportunity to make the still only 22-year-old Neymar the captain of his country for the first time.

It isn’t clear whether the arrangement will be a permanent or temporary one – although Dunga stated during the World Cup that Silva wasn’t a good captain for the team – but the Barcelona star’s first return to his country’s fold ever since he infamously broke a bone in his back against the same opponents in the summer will be one worth keeping an eye on.

As Brazil try and pick themselves up off the floor, are they turning to the right man?

 

Radamel Falcao Will Have QPR In His Sights

This is more than about just Brazil, though.

Radamel Falcao’s move to Manchester United might have got the club’s previously downbeat fans reaching for the replica shirts and the optimism, but he won’t be much good to Louis van Gaal if he’s not fit.

His troublesome ACL injury is now thought to be a thing of the past, though, and he can prove so if he’s given a run-out which United will hope doesn’t last the 90 minutes, as they’ll want him fresh for QPR next Sunday.

 

Philippe Coutinho Is Back For The First Time In Four Years

Iran 0 Brazil 3 from October 2010 might not live long in the memory for most, but it certainly does for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.

To date that remains the 22-year-old schemer’s first and only international, a remarkable figure when you consider that Neymar is only four months older than him and has played 54 times for Brazil.

Coutinho is back in Florida though, and as one of the newer faces seeking to lift Brazilian football back to where it once was, there are few brighter talents to bank on.

 

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David Luiz Could Do Something Crazy Again

The clash will see Paris Saint-Germain’s David Luiz don a Brazil shirt for the first time since the remarkable ending to his country’s World Cup campaign, in which seven goals were unforgettably conceded to Germany followed by three more to the Dutch in the third place playoff.

Will the mere feel of the Brazil jersey drive Luiz to distraction again? And if it does, wouldn’t you want to be awake to see it?

 

James Rodriguez Is Playing… And He Might Bring His Friend

Remember this?

Even the giant Brazilian insects could get enough of top scorer James Rodriguez at the World Cup, with this one memorably jumping onto his arm after he scored a penalty against Brazil in the semi-finals.

In his first Colombia game since switching to Real Madrid, will the Golden Boot winner bring his (not so) little friend?

 

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