Brazil announce squad for Ecuador and Peru games: Kaká and Ronaldinho Gaúcho return

March 12, 2009 at 20:09 12 comments


AC Milan stars Kaká and Ronaldinho Gaúcho are back in Dunga’s squad for their Word Cup qualifying games vs Ecuador on March 29th and Peru on April 1st.

Kaká returns after recovering from a foot injury while Ronaldinho had problems with an Achilles’ heel.

However, there’s no place for Juventus’ forward Amauri who was called up for the recent friendly against Italy but was not released by the Turin giants.

São Paulo centreback, Miranda, was called up to replace Roma’s Juan who picked up an injury in the champions league. But Miranda’s teammate, Hernanes, has been ignored.

Leftback, Kleber, was also brought in. That should please Internacional fans as the game against Peru will be held in the Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre. Brazil’s match vs Ecuador is in Quito.  

When quizzed about a possible return for Ronaldo, Dunga said it was way too early for the Corinthians frontman but didn’t rule anything out in the future.

“Like all Brazilians, I’m wishing Ronaldo well…. I’m happy that he’s back and scoring goals. This is what he’s best at,” the coach said.

Brazil’s squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Doni (Roma)

Wing backs: Maicon (Inter Milan), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Kleber (Internacional)

Centrebacks: Lúcio (Bayern Munich), Thiago Silva (AC Milan), Miranda (São Paulo), Luisão (Benfica)

Midfielders: Elano (Manchester City), Julio Baptista (Roma), Kaka (AC Milan), Ronaldinho (AC Milan), Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos), Josué (Wolfsburg), Felipe Melo (Fiorentina), Anderson (Manchester United)

Forwards: Luís Fabiano (Seville), Alexandre Pato (AC Milan), Robinho (Manchester City), Adriano (Inter Milan)


Kaká to miss Ecuador game

Probable starting line-up vs Ecuador


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  • 1. jzlim11  |  March 12, 2009 at 23:36

    Why Thiago Silva? He not yet started as a first team player in Milan. Why not give the place to more regular first team player!? Henrique of Bayer Leverkusen? Aurelio of Liverpool? David Luiz of Benfica? Denilson of Arsenal? Still the same question. Only two Brazil League players!? Keirrison!? Hernanes!?

  • 2. Paul  |  March 13, 2009 at 19:40

    Hernanes is overrated in my opinion… Keirrison is not ready yet and has a lot of competition. As for Thiago Silva, I also agree there are better options out there. I wonder how long Dunga will be coaching the Selecao. I would be nice to see Felipao take over before the World Cup.

  • 3. Sexton Blake  |  March 14, 2009 at 08:50

    From what I’ve seen, there is no excuse not to have Arsenal’s Denilson in the squad. Whilst he is no Cesc or Viera, he is an extremely capable defensive midfielder, and certainly better than Melo or Josue.

  • 4. Jpberr  |  March 23, 2009 at 12:16

    i tell you what ! Maybe there isnt really a spot in this squad for Amauri (juvi), And even if thats a fact, that doesn’t qualify Adriano (inter) to take the so called “remaining spot” . Hes showed the world hes no place in there. No to mention hes been elected the second worst player of 08 ( got an award and all) only staying behind of his teammate (ricardo quaresma).
    As for who should is hard to say..theres lots of brazilians palying worldwide , some good, some bad ones that got lucky,such as Alves (middlesb) , geovanni (hull) , Jo (everton) among manny others

    my personal opinion? Amauri should have a shot..and if he gets none, in his position id take the italian citizenship and go for italy with no remorse

  • 5. Pietro  |  March 25, 2009 at 20:19

    I think a player like Keirrison deserves to be called up. It shows he has been noticed. Dunga could rest Robinho and give this kid some minutes. Ronaldo was in the 1994 WC squad and yet was only 17. I’m not even sure if he played any minutes. My point is that when a young player is called up, they gain a great deal of confidence. Keirrison deserves the call up.

  • 6. pitacodogringo  |  March 25, 2009 at 21:32

    think i’m right in saying Ronaldo didn’t play in 94. but i’d also like to see Keirrison given a chance with Brazil while he’s in this form. my own feeling is that barring injuries to other players, we won’t see him until the Estonia friendly – though there is an outside chance that he might make the squad for the Confederations cup in South Africa later this year. it depends who owns him then and whether they want to release him (it won’t be Coriiba/Traffic that’s or sure!)

  • 7. jzlim11  |  March 25, 2009 at 23:47

    Why Dunga has to take risk on not fully fit player!? Kaka definitely is a world class player but he is only 50% fit tp play these two qualifying matches. Anderson just recovered from injury. Ronaldinho no yet find his form since he moved to Milan. Why not pick fully fit players like Denilson? Hernanes? Keirrison? Brazilian league players??????

  • 8. Minty  |  March 30, 2009 at 15:03

    well he got what he deserved. a draw. If he played fully fit players, players that may be young but have a desire, a determination to prove a point then i believe thwy would of won. Denilson aint no cesc, nor desrves a starting place in the national team but he is on the same level as other CM/DM in that squad right now.

  • 9. tricks  |  May 1, 2009 at 02:08

    Congratulations to the Brazilian U-17 national team, i think they finished first in the U-17 world cup.

  • 10. soccer  |  May 1, 2009 at 02:10

    Yeah i think they did, by the way it is time for Dunga to win something with Brazil ever since he came to the team, they haven’t won anything.

  • 11. pitacodogringo  |  May 1, 2009 at 11:16

    Brazil won the Copa America in 2007 in Venezuela with Dunga in charge.
    i’m not a fan though. watching Brazil with him as coach is a chore rather than a pleasure

  • 12. e bikes  |  September 20, 2010 at 05:17

    i’m not a fan though. watching Brazil with him as coach is a chore rather than a pleasure


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