In Brazil the big talking point recently has been that of Diego Costa, the in-form Atletico Madrid striker who played two friendlies for Brazil in March, but will now play his international football for Spain.
In fairness to Costa, he actually has not lived in Brazil since leaving for Braga in Portugal at the age of 18. He was also never really given any sort of recognition for the Brazilian youth teams and never played professional football in Brazil - so to turn his back on his country of birth certainly doesn’t seem to ridiculous an idea at all.
His decision is however bad news for some of the Premier League’s Spanish stars, such as Roberto Soldado and Fernando Torres - who are now some way down the pecking order in the Spanish fold.
The fact he has scored 16 goals in 17 games this season demonstrates the sort of form they would have to try outdoing to get into Vicente Del Bosque’s squad in Brazil.
But while the effect on some of Premier League linked strikers is bad in the Spanish perspective, it is certainly good news for some of the Brazilian strikers out there.
First of all we have Jo.
The divisive striker was something of a flop in England, as poor behaviour ended his loan spell at Everton after his time at Manchester City proved to be unsuccessful.
But he is now with Atletico Mineiro, and has been in good form for the Copa Libertadores champions - scoring 18 goals this season.
Jo is in the most recent squad, but with Fred out injured, which could change on the Confederations Cup hero’s return to action - however Robinho is more likely to miss out.
But perhaps it is news best heard by Leandro Damiao. The former Tottenham target is currently off form, and has not been in a Brazil squad since pulling out of the Confed Cup injured in June.
With competition already fierce for Selecao, Diego Costa’s arrival on the scene would have practically ended any hope Damiao had of making it into the squad for next summer’s home tournament.
But now, both Jo and Damiao are likely to do battle to join Neymar and Hulk in their home World Cup.
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