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Would a Premier League Brazilian XI beat La Liga’s Brazilian XI?

Brazilian footballers find their way to all corners of the earth. But if the Premier League's Brazilians took on their La Liga counterparts, who would come out on top?

Whether on the beaches of the Copacabana or in the Maracana, Brazilians do football properly.

Hence why Brazilians ply their trade in every corner of the earth, from Faroe Islands to Cyprus.

Three of the most valuable numbers in football

Three of the most valuable numbers in football

Fans of the Premier League and La Liga get to watch some of the best Brazilians in world football week in, week out.

But if a Brazilian Premier League XI took on a Brazilian La Liga XI, who would come out on top?

Premier League XI

Heurelho Gomes starts in goal, on account of the fact that he’s the only first-choice Brazilian goalkeeper in the Premier League.

A back four of Fernandinho, David Luiz, Gabriel and Fabio is typically Brazilian in that all of them would prefer to be playing further up the pitch.

Again, the fact that there are no other Brazilian defenders in the Premier League definiely worked in their favour.

Lucas Leiva and Fernando are charged with shielding in midfield, ahead of Willian, Roberto Firmino and, arguably the greatest Brazilian in Premier League history, Philippe Coutinho.

Up front there’s a place for Gabriel Jesus who, in eight games, has already done more than compatriot Jo did in three years at Man City.

Spare a thought for Hull’s Evandro and Chelsea’s Kenedy – the only Brazilians in the Premier League not to make the XI.


La Liga

Valencia’s penalty stopping wizard Diego Alves, who can count himself unlucky to only have nine international caps, plays between the sticks for La Liga’s samba boys.

He’ll sleep safe knowing he’s got the best left-back in the business in front of him in the shape of Marcelo, not to mention a very strong right-back in Sevilla’s late bloomer Mariano.

The centre-backs aren’t quite as strong. Valencia’s Aderlan Santos and Alaves’ on-loan Rodrigo Ely have little competition aside from Sidnei and Weligton.

Ahead of them sit Ganso, a lovely old school midfielder who can pick a pass for days but isn’t particularly fond of running, and Casemiro, a new school physical specimen who does his best work off the ball.

Neymar, the best Brazilian in world football, leads a front three of Rafinha and Andreas Pereira, in front of whom Willian Jose- potentially Premier League bound in the summer- will be looking to profit.


Now obviously there’s no way of factually saying who would win between the two sides, unless they all fancy getting together during the summer.

But you can have your say over on Dream Team FC’s Facebook page. Obrigado.