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Coutinho Handed Brazil Call-Up

After being controversially left off of their World Cup squad, a new manager means Philippe Coutinho has been called up to face Colombia and Ecuador next month.

Alex Livesey

Following Brazil's embarrassing ouster from the World Cup, manager Luiz Felipe Scolari unsurprisingly resigned. Less expected was the man brought in to replace him, as Dunga—who was last seen on the international stage disappointing Brazilian fans with the job he did at the 2010 World Cup—is back in charge of the Selecao.

Scolari was well known as a manager who played favourites, picking and sticking with players he liked and trusted no matter their form or what others might be doing. It's an approach that meant Philippe Coutinho was left out of Brazil's World Cup squad despite that most believed his play last season had earned him the call.

With Scolari now out of the picture and Brazil looking to wash the taste of a 7-1 defeat out of their mouths, Coutinho has been picked for Dunga's first squad as they prepare to face Colombia and Ecuador in a pair of friendlies early next month. Brazil will face Colombia in Miami on September 5th and Ecuador in New Jersey on the 9th.

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