Five-time U20 World Cup champions Brazil have admitted they expect African champions Nigeria to cause them some problems at the tournament in New Zealand.
Brazil open their U20 World Cup campaign on June 1 against the Flying Eagles in New Plymouth.
“Nigeria always cause us problems,” Gallo said. “They’re a strong team, technically good with good players,” remarked Brazil coach Alexandre Gallo.
The two teams last clashed at this tournament in 2005, when the group game ended in a draw.
Gallo also commented on his team’s other first round opponents, Hungary and North Korea.
“Hungary have a typically European style – direct football, tall players. North Korea don’t have very technical players, but they close you down a lot, they have speed and counter-attack intensely,” he said.
Brazil placed fourth at the South American qualifiers and will begin training camp on May 16 when they fly out to Australia.
Manchester United playmaker Andreas Pereira and Real Madrid forward Jean Carlos have been named on a 26-player provisional squad.
However, there was no space for 17-year-old Fluminense midfielder Gerson, Corinthians boy wonder Malcom and Santos striker Gabriel, 18, as Gallo opted for more experience following a forgettable campaign in the South American qualifiers.
Other interesting names in the squad are Marseille prospect Alef, Atletico Paranaense’s prolific attacking midfielder Marcos Guilherme and Fluminense trick machine Kenedy.
“We called up committed players who have experience representing their country and have their [careers] shaped,” explained Gallo. “We need players who are fully focused on our targets.”