Five samba stars to keep your eye on against England
Ahead of England's match with Brazil, here are five Brazilians worth keeping an eye on
The FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations kick off tonight with England hosting 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil at Wembley Stadium tonight.
Luiz Felipe Scolari has brought over a squad that contains a mixture of youth and experience with some familiar faces.
Ahead of the big kick off, here’s five players to look out for in tonight's fixture.
Lucas Moura | Paris Saint-Germain
Having just sealed his move to Paris Saint-Germain in January, Lucas Moura is one of the hottest talents around.
Lucas was one of Manchester United’s biggest transfer targets during pre-season and reportedly made a £40m bid, only for the Brazilian to opt for Paris over Manchester. With 22 caps to his name at just 20-years-old, hopes are high for the attacking midfielder.
Paulinho | Corinthians
The Corinthians midfielder has played in Europe before with spells at FC Vilnius of Lithuania and Lodski of Poland in his early years, returning to Brazil aged 20 and ending up with the current World Club Champions in 2010.
His strong performances from the middle of the park have brought him to the attention of Chelsea amongst others in recent times, though the player has committed himself to Corinthians for the time being.
Still aged just 24 and with eight caps to his name, you can expect to continue to hear his name linked with Europe’s elite clubs in the coming months.
Neymar | Santos
Probably the hottest talent in world football, Neymar needs no introduction.
Speculation is rife again as to where the prodigious talent will eventually end up, yet the player seems intent on staying at Santos until after the 2014 World Cup.
The inevitable is simply being delayed though, and Neymar will move to Europe eventually in a bid to stake his claim as the world’s greatest player.
Ronaldinho | Atletico Mineiro
Hardly a new kid on the block, Ronaldinho has been well known to England since before his looping free-kick over a scampering David Seaman saw off England back in the 2002 World Cup.
‘Big Phil’ has included the former World Player of the Year in a Brazil squad for the first time in over a year, offering the chance to audition for a place in Brazil’s World Cup squad.
Don’t expect the Atletico Mineiro man to pass the opportunity up.
Hulk | Zenit St. Petersburg
Again, not exactly an unknown, but Givanildo Vieira de Souza - better known as Hulk to you and me - made his reputation at Porto where he clocked up an impressive 78 goals in 169 games before securing a big-money move to Zenit St. Petersburg.
Things haven’t gone too well for Hulk in Russia. Some Zenit players reportedly went on strike over his extortionate wages, and he’s fallen out of favour with the club's coach.
Seemingly unsettled at Zenit, Hulk may well be looking for a move and good performances in the famous yellow shirt will do him no harm at all.
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