One of the surprises in Mano Menezes' first Brazil squad was Ederson. Should the playmaker find himself involved against the United States, it'll be a novelty for many Brazilian fans, with the Lyon man having only made three appearances in the Brazilian top flight (with Juventude) before upping sticks for France as a teenager.
The 24-year-old is just beginning his seventh season in Ligue 1, and his third with Lyon, having been signed from Nice in January 2008 after the legendary Juninho hand-picked his own replacement. Southamericanfootball.co.uk caught up with him at last week's Emirates Cup to talk club and country....
Lyon played two excellent games at the Emirates Cup but didn’t win either. A bit strange?
“It is. In the first game (against Celtic) we were winning 2-0. Unfortunately at the end we let it slip a bit physically, and we let the victory get away at the end of the game. Today we played a great game against Milan, who are a great team with a lot of experienced players. It was a very tactical sort of game. But we responded well (to going a goal down) and managed to equalise. We finished very strongly and could have easily ended up winning the game. They were two good games but in both we missed that one moment to define the game and seal the victory.”
How’s prep for the season?
“Really good. We’ve been preparing since June, training well and we’ve played some good friendlies and we’re ready to start the season well now against Monaco.”
You’ve been mainly used a winger since your arrival at Lyon, but played in the centre – your specialist position – here. That must be a good feeling.
“Last year I played in various positions. I always try to be versatile to help the team. But it’s true I feel better in the centre of midfield. In all the friendly games I’ve played in the middle and it’s suited me very well. Of course if the team needs me to play somewhere else I’ll do my best. I think I work best as a central midfielder though.”
Is this move something that will help you stay in the Brazil set-up, following your first call-up?
“Yes, definitely. I have to do a good job with Lyon to try and get a run in the Brazil team, because the national team has incredible players. Each one of them is doing their best, even if it’s a friendly, so you have to be in top form.”
What do you hope to do with Lyon this season?
“We’re hoping to win trophies, as we do every season, and we’re working hard together for this. Our main objective is to win the French championship, and then there’s playing in the Champions League.
“Lyon is a team that’s competed in the Champions League 11 times in a row, which is a great achievement. Our aim is to one day win the competition, which is going to be hard, but we’re really progressing in the Champions League, as you saw last season.“
Have you spoken to (new Brazil coach) Mano Menezes yet?
“I had a quick chat with him – he wanted to know if I was in good physical condition for the game (against the US). I’m really happy being called into his first squad. Mano’s been doing well in national, and world football, for a while now. He’s a coach with an admirable career so far and he’s done excellent work. I’m very pleased to have this opportunity.”
Andy Brassell is a freelance journalist and the European correspondent for BBC 5Live's World Football Phone-In. Andy is also the author of 'All Or Nothing: A Season In The Life Of The Champions League' and can be found on Twitter at @andybrassell.