Six Brazilians will play the Eurocup

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Soccer is one of the most universal phenomena with the greatest cultural exchange that can be found, and that six players who were born in Brazil are going to play the most important national team tournament in Europe is an example of this.

Half a dozen footballers from the land of the five-time world champions are getting ready for what will be their participation in Euro 2020 representing the colors of Italy, Russia, Ukraine and the most recent winner of the contest, Portugal.

The Italian team, directed by Roberto Mancini, is the one with the largest number of Brazilian-born footballers with three names, while the Russian, Ukrainian and the Portuguese national team has a representative among their squads.

Italy

- Emerson Palmieri (Santos, 1994): from the state of São Paulo, he played for Santos and in the 2014/15 season he was signed by Palermo; Then he wore the colors of Roma and since 2018 he has been part of Chelsea, the club with which he won the most recent Champions League. This left-back played for Brazil's U-17s, was made an Italian by his mother in 2017 and debuted with 'La Nazionale' on September 10, 2018.

- Rafael Tolói (Glória d'Oeste, 1990): the now central defender of Atalanta, began his career at Goiás EC, moved to São Paulo, a team from which he made the leap to Europe in 2012 to play on loan with the Roma and finally in 2015 the Bergamo club signed him. He was runner-up in the U-20 World Cup in Egypt with 'Canarinha', this year he obtained Italian nationality from his father and on March 30 made his debut with 'Azzurra'.

- Jorginho (Imbituba, 1991): from the state of Santa Catarina, Jorge Luiz Frello, better known as 'Jorginho', moved to Italy since he was 15 years old, where he applied for citizenship from his grandparents. There he began his journey in Verona, went through Sambonifacense, returned to Hellas Verona, a club that served as a springboard to go to Napoli and from there to Chelsea in 2018. His debut for Italy was led by Antonio Conte in the 2016.

Ukraine

-Marlos (São Josè dos Pinhais, 1988): his full name is Marlos Romero Bonfim and most of his career has been in Ukraine. He took his first steps in professional football in Brazil with Coritiba, he was also in São Paulo, Rentistas from Uruguay and in 2012 he arrived at the Ukrainian Metalista, and then he arrived at Shakhtar in 2014. For his good performances in the latter, Marlos se He nationalized a Ukrainian in 2017 and a month later made his debut with the national team.

Russia

- Mário Fernandes (São Caetano do Sul, 1990): this defender from São Paulo turned professional at the Gremio de Portoalegre, a club from which he left in 2012 for CSKA Moscow, his current club. In 2014 he made his presentation with the 'Verdeamarela' in a friendly against Japan, but less than a year later he declared his desire to play for Russia and in July 2016 he ended up obtaining citizenship of that country by presidential decree of Vladimir Putin. He played the 2018 World Cup and has so far 29 matches with this team.

Portugal

-Pepe (Maceió, 1983): Képler Laverán Lima, or simply 'Pepe', the oldest and the only one on this list who already knows what it is to win the European Championship. The defender left Brazil's Corinthians Alagoano for Portuguese Marítimo B in 2001 and had a successful stint at Porto, his current team, Real Madrid, and a short stay in Besiktas. In 2007 he completed six years of residence in Portugal, a period that allowed him to opt for Portuguese nationality and then make his presentation with the national team on November 21 of the same year against Finland.

Along with Pepe, the other footballer who was born in Brazil and won the European Championship is Marcos Senna (São Paulo, 1976), who in 2008 was crowned champion with Spain in the championship that was played in Austria and Switzerland.

EFE

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