Ederson Moraes will win his first cap for Brazil’s senior national team later when they face Claudio Bravo’s Chile in a World Cup qualifier that should see the two Manchester City goalkeepers start on opposite sides.
Brazil have already qualified for Russia 2018 and it is a good time for them to test Ederson, who hopes to provide competition for 25-year-old Alisson of Roma, the Seleção’s current first-choice goalkeeper.
And in many ways it will mark the end of the road to the top of the game for Ederson, who won a big-money move to Man City in the summer, but like all Brazilians dreamed of a place in the national team.
It comes close to a decade after Ederson, then 15, had his heart broken.
“I’m from Osasco and had a four-year stint at the São Paulo academy,” Ederson recently explained in an interview. “Unfortunately I was sent away by telephone. I was very upset, I couldn’t handle it because I was 15-years-old.
“My country gave me a lot of support. Then came Europe, I matured a lot there, I learned a lot, and I became a man early. I have had opportunities and a life has been made from these opportunities. I want to take advantage of that.”
Returning to the setback of almost ten years ago, Ederson said, “I was not home at the time of the call, my mother was. She didn’t know how to tell me, then told me.
“I cried a lot. I was there in my corner for a month. Then I went back to school, to train on the clay. It was there I began to lift myself again, then came Europe, and now I am in the Seleção.”
Brazil face Chile tonight and for the 24-year-old Manchester City goalkeeper from São Paulo State, it will be a landmark moment after he fought back from rejection to make it at the highest level of football.