10 goals in 16 games for Flamengo in the Brazilian domestic championships have earned previously troubled Brazilian star, Adriano, a call-up to Dunga’s national side for the World Cup qualifying games against Argentina and Chile, next month.>
After almost ending his career, which was plagued by off-field problems, Adriano will be featuring in the Brazilian team that will travel to Rosario on the 5th of September as well as in the home game against Chile on the 9th of September.
The former Inter Milan striker seems to have emerged from his troubles and is leading the Brazilian domestic championships with his scoring record. Since being released by Inter Milan in April, Adriano decided to return home to play for his first club, Flamengo.
“He has recovered the joy of playing football,” coach of the Brazilian national team, Dunga said. “In the national team, Adriano always showed his potential and commitment. What happened was that in his club (Inter), for various reasons, he didn’t manage to have the same happiness and the same performance.”
Adriano has been quite prolific every time he has turned out against arch-rivals Argentina. In the 2004 Copa America finals, Adriano scored to equalize for Brazil in injury-time, a game that ended 2-2 in normal time and later, Brazil went on to win in the penalties. He would also go on to score twice against the Argentines in the 2005 Confederation Cup 4-1 win in Germany.
Diego Tardelli will be making way for Adriano in the squad.