Brazil's national team manager, Dunga, might already have in his mind the 23 players that will go to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. However, he has been hearing a lot from Brazilian fans lately. The reason for that a couple of months ago was Ronaldinho, now is Santos FC's youngsters Neymar, 18, and Paulo Henrique, 20, nicknamed "Goose".
It is a fact that Santos has been playing the best soccer in Brazil by far. They combine the talent of young players with the experience of some veterans like Robinho. But, though the Manchester City's winger has scored eight goals in 13 matches this year, he is not the main character in this squad. Neymar and "Goose" are.
In 2010, Santos have already scored 92 goals in 26 matches. That's an average of 3.53 goals per game. Neymar, who plays in the forward position, scored 21 times in the same 21 matches he has played so far, including in very important classics against rivals São Paulo and Corinthians. While Paulo Henrique, started 22 games and scored 12 goals and is the "maestro" in the team's midfield .
With the success of the Santos team, that will play against Santo André this Sunday and the next one seeking the São Paulo state title, fans and journalists have been claiming both Neymar and "Goose" to be in Brazil's national team for the World Cup, though they have never been called upon to represent their country before.
Both youngsters have had a lot of success this season, but manager Dunga has said a lot of times that there will be no surprises in his list for the World Cup. "There is no chance of surprises. I will select players based on my work for the last three and a half years", said the captain of Brazil's 94 World Cup title. Meanwhile, their teamate Robinho has a guaranteed spot in the starting lineup of Brazil's team in South Africa.
Both Paulo Henrique and Neymar will have a great chance to prove Dunga wrong this Sunday and the next one. Maybe with their first title the manager can change his mind. We will know the answer on may 11th, when Brazil's 2010 World Cup squad will be announced