In two games restricted to players turning out for Brazilian clubs – friendlies against Bolivia and Chile - Luiz Felipe Scolari deployed Atletico Mineiro's Rever and Vasco da Gama's Dede as his two central defenders, the latter having since moved on to Cruzeiro.
Implicitly, both centre-backs knew this was a showdown of sorts to decide who would be called up for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 alongside three established European-based heavyweights: Thiago Silva, David Luiz and Dante.
Felipão gave a hint of what was to come after the 4-0 demolition of the Bolivians. Normally so reticent with regard to commenting on individual players, he praised Rever and said this “had presented him with a new problem”.
The 28-year-old stopper boosted his cause still further in the game against Chile, scoring in the 2-2 draw at the Mineirao and giving another demonstration in the yellow jersey of what he has become so adept at doing for O Galo – shutting up shop at the back and, with amazing frequency, embarking on successful forays into attack.
“My main job is obviously to defend”, he told FIFA.com. “But my attacking prowess has provided Atletico with an additional weapon.” And now, it looks likely that A Seleção are due to benefit as well.