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Fluminense stars Fred and Diego Cavalieri got a just reward for their fine performances in helping Flu win the Brazilian league today by being called up to the Brazil team to face Argentina at La Bombonera on Nov. 21.

The match was hastily rescheduled after last month’s encounter was postponed because of a floodlight failure.

Only home-based players are chosen for the game and the Fluminense pair are not the only surprises in Mano Menezes’ squad.

Botafogo midfielder Fellype Gabriel wins a first call up, as does Durval, Santos’ 32-year old centre half.

The squad contains five players from Fluminense, four from Atletico Mineiro and three each from Corinthians and Santos.

The full list

Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo) and Diego Cavalieri (Fluminense).

Full backs: Marcos Rocha (Atlético-MG), Lucas Marques (Botafogo), Carlinhos (Fluminense) and Fábio Santos (Corinthians).

Central defenders: Réver (Atlético-MG), Durval (Santos) and Leonardo Silva (Atlético-MG).

Defensive midfielders: Arouca (Santos), Paulinho (Corinthians), Jean (Fluminense) and Ralf (Corinthians).

Attacking midfielders: Thiago Neves (Fluminense), Bernard (Atlético-MG) and Fellype Gabriel (Botafogo).

Forwards: Neymar (Santos), Leandro Damião (Internacional) and Fred (Fluminense)

 

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Fluminense won their fourth Brazilian league title on Sunday and this piece explains why.

In short, two men were outstanding. Fred finished the season as top goalscorer with 19 goals, and more than half of them ensured Flu took all three points. His goals were decisive in 10 games.

Goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri couldn’t establish himself as first choice at Palmeiras or Liverpool, where Marcos and Pepe Reina were No. 1, respectively. But he was fantastic for Fluminense, keeping 13 clean sheets over the season and making countless great saves.

A team wins the league, not individuals but they were two of the best performers over the season.

Congratulations to Fluminense who will now want to emulate Corinthians and win the Libertadores for the first time.

If players like Deco, Rafael Sobis and Thiago Neves turn it on like they’ve turned it on before then they are in with a real chance.

See O Globo’s photo essay on Flu’s triumph here.

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