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World Cup 2014 Ladder: Fernandinho and Maicon

  • 11 June 2013 09:25
  • Posted by @markbooth_mcfc

In the first of a new series, we examine the prospects of Fernandinho and Maicon ahead of Brazil 2014.

Fernandinho

Age: 28

Caps/Goals: 5/0

International career to date…

Although Shakhtar’s performances in the UEFA Champions League over the past eight seasons have been impressive, Ukraine is still seen as a footballing outpost in the eyes of many in Fernandinho’s Brazilian home.

With the once in a lifetime chance to play in the FIFA World Cup on home soil up for grabs, Fernandinho will be hoping his increased screen time following his move to the Premier League will help in his quest to add to his modest haul of five international caps.

Former Brazil boss Mano Menezes handed the 28-year old his first cap in the 3-2 friendly defeat to Germany in 2011 and his most recent against Edin Dzeko’s Bosnia in September 2012.

Will his nation be there?

In short, yes.

Brazil will be looking to go one better than their 1950 World Cup final defeat to Uruguay last time they staged the tournament.

This shock defeat is still cited as one of the great national tragedies to grip the country so pressure will be huge for the Seleção to deliver a sixth World Cup title in their own back yard.

Anything less will be seen as failure in a country which proudly considers itself to be the spiritual home of the beautiful game.

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Who’s the competition?

There’s quite the queue for places in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s midfield ahead of the World Cup.

Against England in the recent friendly draw, Scolari fielded Luiz Gustavo in front of the back four, with Paulinho in alongside him but there’s also Ramires, Fernando and Lazio playmaker Hernanes in the picture.

Bernard and Fernandinho’s former Shakhtar teammate Jadson are also regular members of the squad and David Luiz has been trialled in a defensive midfield role, so the new City man is hardly short of competition for a spot at next summer’s tournament.

International highlight.

Fernandinho’s five international appearances have all come in friendly internationals but the Londrina-born man was first tipped for stardom when he scored the winning goal in the FIFA World Youth Championship final against Spain in 2003.

Maicon

Age: 31

Caps/Goals: 66/6

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International career to date…

Maicon is only missing a World Cup medal from his extensive collection, having picked up two Copa Americas, two FIFA Confederations Cups and practically every major honour there is to win in Europe and South America with Inter and Cruizeiro respectively. 

He was a regular member of the Brazil squad from his debut in 2003 but he hasn't been seen in yellow and blue since the 2011 Copa America where he won his 66th cap.

Will his nation be there?

As above.

Who’s the competition?

Barcelona right-back Daniel Alves is the current man in possession of the shirt and will be difficult to dislodge, likewise Manchester United’s Rafael who is expected to be back-up after a strong 2012/13 campaign.

Adriano of Barcelona may also make the squad due to his versatility but an injury-free season for Maicon in 2013/14 may just open the door for a return.

International highlight.

Maicon’s excellent performances in the last World Cup at South Africa 2010 saw him included in the all-star team for the tournament.

His incredible outside of the foot goal from the by-line in the group stage against North Korea was one of the moments of the tournament.

Join us on Wednesday where we'll be assessing Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri's chances of appearing for France in the next installment of our World Cup 2014 Ladder.

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