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Ex-Brazil midfielder Menezes takes charge of the national U-20 side

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Rio de Janeiro, March 8 (IANS) Former Brazil international midfielder Ramon Menezes has been appointed coach of Brazil’s national under-20 team, the South American country’s football confederation said on Monday.

The 49-year-old replaces Andre Jardine, who departed last month to assume the head coaching role at Mexico’s Atletico San Luis.

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“This is a challenge that I’m ready for,” Menezes said. “I’ve been following young players for a few years now so I know this generation well. It’s always an honour to be part of a Brazil team.”

Ramon, who was capped six times for Brazil in the early 2000s, has had spells in charge of Vasco da Gama and Vitoria — among other clubs — since turning to coach in 2013.

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One of his top priorities will be to prepare his new squad for next year’s South American championship.

–IANS

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