Where are they now? Brazil’s u20s World Cup-winning side from 2011

Where are they now? Brazil’s u20s World Cup-winning side from 2011

Brazil, whose footballing pedigree goes without saying, have won the Fifa U20 World Cup on five occasions and in that regard their record is bettered only by eternal rivals Argentina.

The first triumph came in 1983, which included future senior world champions in the guises of Bebeto and Dunga, and their most recent came in 2011.

But what became of the class of 2011? Find out below…

Willian José

Age: 26
Position: Striker
Current club: Real Sociedad
U20s World Cup Apps: 7
Senior Brazil caps: 0

The native of Porto Calvo briefly spent time on loan at Real Madrid, making one league appearance in May 2014, before finding his present home at Real Sociedad, where he’s registered 28 goals across 60 matches to date.

Henrique

Age: 26
Position: Striker
Current club: Vasco da Gama (on loan from Grêmio)
U20s World Cup Apps: 7
Senior Brazil caps: 0

The much-travelled striker recently joined Vasco da Gama from parent club Grêmio, for whom he’s only made 17 league appearances since relocating from Botafogo, another Brazilian giant, in 2015.

Gabriel Silva

Age: 26
Position: Defender
Current club: Saint-Étienne
U20s World Cup Apps: 7
Senior Brazil caps: 0

Saint-Étienne, in the summer of 2017, became Silva’s seventh different European team since joining Serie A outfit Udinese from boyhood club Palmeiras a year after winning the U20 World Cup.

Gabriel

Age: 25
Position: Goalkeeper
Current club: AC Milan
U20s World Cup Apps: 7
Senior Brazil caps: 1

Gabriel, who is Gianluigi Donnarumma’s deputy, has barely featured for Milan since arriving in 2012 and subsequently enjoyed loan spells at Napoli and Cagliari.

Fernando

Age: 25
Position: Midfielder
Current club: Spartak Moscow
U20s World Cup Apps: 7
Senior Brazil caps: 8

Fernando enjoyed a brief international run between 2012 and 2012, but such is the competition in defensive midfield, he’s not in Tite’s plans despite continuing to put in a shift for Russian champions Spartak Moscow.

Casemiro

Age: 25
Position: Midfielder
Current club: Real Madrid
U20s World Cup Apps: 7
Senior Brazil caps: 20

One of the players who have usurped Fernando is Casemiro, who is now an integral fixture under Zinedine Zidane for Real Madrid, with whom he has won back-to-back Champions League titles.

Oscar

Age: 26
Position: Midfielder
Current club: Shanghai SIPG
U20s World Cup Apps: 7
Senior Brazil caps: 47

The former Chelsea playmaker is now the poster boy for the Chinese Super League.

Bruno Uvini

Age: 26
Position: Defender
Current club: Al-Nassr
U20s World Cup Apps: 7
Senior Brazil caps: 3

Once formerly of Spurs and Napoli, the Brazilian centre-back can now be found plying his trade in Saudi Arabia.

Dudu

Age: 26
Position: Midfielder
Current club: Palmeiras
U20s World Cup Apps: 7
Senior Brazil caps: 0

After three productive seasons with Dynamo Kyiv, the Goiânia-born winger returned to Brazil, joining Grêmio on loan before settling down with Palmeiras. There, he is a regular presence.

Negueba

Age: 25
Position: Forward
Current club: Gyeongnam FC
U20s World Cup Apps: 7
Senior Brazil caps: 0

The former Flamengo academy graduate recently joined K League 1 outfit Gyeongnam FC.

Danilo

Age: 26
Position: Defender
Current club: Manchester City
U20s World Cup Apps: 7
Senior Brazil caps: 16

Danilo, who came through at Santos alongside Neymar, became only the ninth player to win both the European Champions League and the South American Copa Libertadores in 2017.

Philippe Coutinho

Age: 25
Position: Midfielder
Current club: Barcelona
U20s World Cup Apps: 7
Senior Brazil caps: 31

Kylian Mbappé’s permanent signing with PSG in the summer will see Coutinho become the third-most expensive footballer in history after joining Barcelona from Liverpool for £145m.

Juan Jesus

Age: 26
Position: Defender
Current club: Roma
U20s World Cup Apps: 6
Senior Brazil caps: 4

The former Inter Milan man is slowly establishing himself at Serie A rivals Roma, for whom he has already made over 40 appearances since joining in 2016.

Allan

Age: 27
Position: Midfielder
Current club: Napoli
U20s World Cup Apps: 3
Senior Brazil caps: 0

An important member of Maurizio Sarri’s energetic midfield, Allan, who protects Napoli’s deep-lying playmaker (namely compatriot Jorgingo), has yet to win a first international cap.

Rafael Galhardo

Age: 26
Position: Defender
Current club: Vasco da Gama
U20s World Cup Apps: 2
Senior Brazil caps: 0

Another nomadic member of Brazil’s winning team, Galhardo never made it happen for himself at Anderlecht, whom he joined in 2016, and has since represented Cruzeiro and presently Vasco da Gama.

Alex Sandro

Age: 26
Position: Defender
Current club: Juventus
U20s World Cup Apps: 1
Senior Brazil caps: 10

Juve’s all-action left-back has attracted the attention of a host of European teams since establishing himself in Turin, helping them reach the final in the 2016/17 season.

Alan Patrick

Age: 26
Position: Midfielder
Current club: Shakhtar Donetsk
U20s World Cup Apps: 1
Senior Brazil caps: 0

After breaking through at Santos, the native of Catanduva seemingly found a new home at Shakhtar Donetsk but has been in and out of their first-team since joining in 2011.

Romário Leiria

Age: 25
Position: Defender
Current club: Marítimo
U20s World Cup Apps: 1
Senior Brazil caps: 0

Has only made nine league appearances (all coming at CS Marítimoin the 2015/16 season), for three different clubs, since 2010 and is now playing for Brazilian second division team Boa Esporte Clube.