Brazil announce squad for the 2010 World Cup

May 11, 2010 at 13:07 43 comments

Grafite takes Adriano's place in the Brazil squad

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) today announced Brazil’s preliminary squad for the World Cup in South Africa. 23 players have made the provisional cut. The CBF will also release details of a further seven ‘reserves’ later today. Brazil will begin training in Curitiba on the 21st of this month and Dunga has until June 1st to finalize the 23 players he’ll be taking to the World Cup.

Despite the clamour for their inclusion, Santos men Neymar and Paulo Henrique Lima, have been ignored. There’s also no room for Grêmio keeper, Victor; São Paulo defender, Miranda; Ronaldinho Gaúcho or Alexandre Pato. Adriano’s absence should come as no surprise. The target man has missed training 14 times at Flamengo and is unfit and out of form. Wolfburg’s Grafite has taken his place.

Brazil squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Julio César (Inter Milan), Gomes (Tottenham), Doni (Roma)

Wingbacks: Maicon (Inter Milan), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Gilberto (Cruzeiro),
Michel Bastos (Lyon)

Centrebacks: Juan (Roma), Lúcio (Inter Milan), Luisão (Benfica), Thiago Silva (AC Milan)
Midfielders: Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos), Josué (Wolfsburg), Felipe Melo (Juventus), Kaká (Real Madrid), Ramires (Benfica), Elano (Galatasaray), Julio Baptista (Roma), Kleberson (Flamengo),

Forwards: Robinho (Santos), Nilmar (Villarreal), Luis Fabiano (Sevilla), Grafite (Wolfsburg)

Dunga and co could be in for a tough time in the group stage. Group G consists of Brazil, Portugal, Ivory Coast and North Korea and will not be an easy ride for the South Americans. Brazil kick off their campaign against North Korea in the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg on 15th June. Five days later, they take on Ivory Coast – a side that includes Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, YaYa and Kolo Touré. Brazil’s final game is against Portugal on 25th.

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  • 1. Frank  |  May 11, 2010 at 14:23

    Is that the same Gilberto who had such an unsuccessful spell at Tottenham?

    If so, I can’t believe that he made the squad – he looked well out of his depth in the very few games he played in England.

  • 2. Lumumba Jakusa  |  May 11, 2010 at 14:27

    I think that leaving Ronaldinho out of the squad is a mistake!. Coach Dunga should reconsider

  • 3. Fullof  |  May 11, 2010 at 14:37

    That squad doesn’t seem to scare me as much as I thought it would. Spain for the WC for me.

  • 4. Gonçalves  |  May 11, 2010 at 19:59

    i think we need ronaldinho. He has improved much this season to get fit and back on track. I would like dunga to drop kleber and put in another striker or creative midfielder i mean come on melo hasnt put his best foot foward he been the worst player on juventus this season. What do you think john?

  • 5. davinho  |  May 12, 2010 at 00:06

    This is not the same Gilberto as with Tottenham, but he was at Arsenal for several years.

  • 6. vict  |  May 12, 2010 at 04:33

    this squad will definitely achieve nothing in South Africa. how can you compare Julio baptista and ronaldinho? Dunga wake up!

  • 7. Dipak  |  May 12, 2010 at 06:48

    I think that leaving Ronaldinho and Ronaldo out of the squad is a mistake!. Coach Dunga should reconsider

  • 8. Dipak  |  May 12, 2010 at 06:49

    this squad will definitely achieve nothing in South Africa. how can you compare Julio baptista and ronaldinho and Ronaldo and Nilmar? Dunga wake up!

  • 9. Dipak  |  May 12, 2010 at 06:56

    In the absence of Ronaldo and Ronaldinho , Brazil team is like new expensive car without tyre. so Dunga plz wake up. did u forgot the form of Ronaldo before world cup 2002 and performance of Ronaldo in world cup 2002. Dunga ur pushing the Brazil team into hell. so plz wake up wake up wake up.

  • 10. Frank  |  May 12, 2010 at 12:59


    It is the same Gilberto who was at Tottenham. The other Gilberto in the squad is Gilberto Silva, it was him who was at Arsenal.

  • 11. Gideon  |  May 13, 2010 at 08:14

    Dunga should add Pato and Ronaldino to the squad..

  • 12. sonam  |  May 13, 2010 at 12:05

    leaving Ronaldinho out of brazilian squad will give blow to Dunga, i suggest that he should reconsider…

  • 13. Jibrin Sule Baba  |  May 13, 2010 at 17:17

    if you look at Brazilian midfielders, there are not creative and skillful players that is why we need player like Ronaldinho. Players like Julio Baptista, Grafite, Kleberson, Bostos does not deserve to be in the team while you have the like of Pato, Thiago Motta, Neymar, eduado carlos, dieago etc. Dunga wake up from your sleep

  • 14. mandeep  |  May 14, 2010 at 08:50

    I wanna see ronaldo, ronaldinho and adrino at the world cup!!! dunga sort yourself out!!! pick them before it’s too late!!
    a world cup without these stars will be boring!!

    the world cup wants to see ronaldo. he has been brilliant in the brazil league.

  • 15. chris  |  May 15, 2010 at 16:26

    ronaldinho should be there, his fast feet, excellent passing, great skills, he will be a real miss for the brazil squad, robinho is horrid and should be replaced by pato, dunga needs to wake up and realise this is no friendly match, this is a world cup, i reckon this team could go out in the first round.

  • 16. Daniel  |  May 16, 2010 at 07:17

    I agree with dunga that leavin
    Adriano and ronaldo out was the
    Right decision, how can he include
    An unfit and overweight ronaldo?
    That’s not taking away that he use
    To be the main man, and as for
    Adriano the guy has let everyone
    Down! he was told he’d have a fair
    Crack but has partyed and missed
    Lots of training.idiot and disappointing
    I do believe that ronaldinho should be
    There his cutting edge will be
    Missed as I have seen a lot of ac milan

  • 17. Esayas  |  May 16, 2010 at 09:49

    Looking at the players chosen to represent the brazilian looks like a soup with out the most important ingredients.The likes of Ronaldo and Ronaldinho are missed ..I cant see why these two great players are not in the squad?? they r players who can make miracles in fball.So plz dunga at least take them with you in the reserves and they will show the world what they are capable of doing.

  • 18. santosh  |  May 17, 2010 at 04:03

    Dunga where ia ronaldinho n pato? i thing with out ronaldinho brasil is not best team to win the world cup

  • 19. nature  |  May 17, 2010 at 09:15

    we need ronaldo and ronaldinho.pliz Dunga there is no world cup without skilled and experienced players like this guys.

  • 20. nature  |  May 17, 2010 at 09:20

    pliz Dunga reconsider your decision we are going to miz ronaldo and ronaldinho

  • 21. ALIE HASSAN  |  May 17, 2010 at 18:20

    Dunga you better change that squad and include Ronaldinho,Pato,Andrinho.Or Brasil will be last in this world cup.But i pray Brasil win this trophy.

  • 22. tikboy  |  May 20, 2010 at 11:39

    dunga please take ronaldo and ronaldinho…..from malaysia fun….

  • 23. Gonçalves  |  May 20, 2010 at 20:23

    we DONT need RONALDO…. Do you any of you watch the Brazilian league????? Yea he did ok last year BUT this year hes clearly overweight and unfit to wear the shirt…i dont care what has happen in the past its 2010 and i dont want a repeat of 2006.

  • 24. Bashir Ahmad  |  May 22, 2010 at 06:39

    What happended to you Dunga. Are OK. I am sure Brazil without Ronaldo and Ronaldinho is not best team, and any time in world cup can beat it. Dunga if you’re sleep pls wake up. Pick Ronaldo and Ronaldinho in your team before you late. If you want Brazil to win the world cup.

  • 25. garlic  |  May 23, 2010 at 06:19

    Instant overview of the team:

    Keepers are OK. You can throw either Julio Cesar or Gomes to the game aganist any team in the world.

    Wingbacks: right side seems to be in good hand even in the case someone get injured. But the left side weakens alarm. Gilberto in the team! The worst ever left back in Spurs. He is now in his mid-30’s and wouldn’t become any better. Has he used stereoids or eaten kind of a sneak soap to perform good enough to be selcted in the team? Another option Bastos has a good shot, if not accurate. Ant that’s all to say of him.

    In the heart of the defence there are no problems. But if the opponent has a tendency to counter-attack the slow and rugged defenders are in trouble, especially in one-on-one situations.

    Midfield is basically the same it has been during Dungas era. All except Kaka are defence-minded and not too clever with the ball. I would have expected one or two younger players or players with fresh and surprising calibre of breaking down rock-solid defences. With these selected players Brazil is in trouble when the opponents score the first goal.

    Elano, Josue and Ramires are not players to be remembered about their outstanding skills. Modern foorball requires players who can beat their opponents, otherwise you can’t find space in the midfield. If you can’t find a better team than Galatasaray to show your talent, you shouldn’t be picked to Selecao. Julio Baptista (!), his selection must be a sign of some kind of conspiracy against Brazilian traditions: JB has the skills of Norwegian fisher and elasticy of Russian coal miner. Honestly, I have to admit that I hope him get mildly injured before the kick off…

    Forwards are OK, because LF is in the team. Perhaps Nilmar should be played alongside him, because Robinho fades away too often in important matches. Grafite has had a difficult season and I would be surprised if he plays more than a minute.

    To put it short: too much defenders in midfield and weak left side. The elimination in the first round from difficult group is not out of imagination, but with their scrutiny they’ll survive, but sadly to say at last in the semi’s Brazil would be out.

    I really hope I’m wrong..

  • 26. FREDERICK SMITH  |  May 27, 2010 at 10:39

    Coach Ddunga, without Ronaldinho and Ronadldo we can still make a difference in South Africa

  • 27. Jamal Ahammad  |  May 27, 2010 at 21:52

    Don’t make mistake, dunga. Pick Ronaldinho in your team if you wanted to win. Good luck.

  • 28. tebello mokotleng  |  May 28, 2010 at 04:19

    brazil without ronaldihno is like tea without suger so dunga could u plz wake up and pick up ronaldinho before its too late.pls dont bore us papa

  • 29. lega  |  June 1, 2010 at 21:29

    I believe,Dunga has a game plan that he based his squad on..however as a fan, i will miss Ronaldinho..all da best brazil..

  • 30. amani  |  June 3, 2010 at 20:27

    Dunga i know u know batter than all of us but please if once u ask ur heart with honesty so u will feel Ronaldo is need of Brazil n as well as WC… please ,,,,,but i know u will not read this shit b4 world up n it does not matter 4 u ….so gud luck

  • 31. jk  |  June 8, 2010 at 18:13

    dunga u r making a very very huge mistake by leaving the greatest entertainers soccers have to offer.goalies r good,right back is solid.u have a very serious problem on the left side that u r not taking seem to me that u r taking this world cup to be a joke.i still can’t believe that u r leaving players like (ronaldinho,pato,andriano,thiago motta,diego,eduado,neymar,)out of the world cup.nilmar and fabiano are excellent choices u don’t need the midfield i only c kaka,elano,and maybe melo,u don’t need the rest.think like a brazilian and bring out the quality of soccer that brazil have to offer.we wanna c system,movement,and ball articulation not trial n error cuz it will not hold.please reconsider.

  • 32. adhie  |  June 12, 2010 at 13:30

    i think the best squad of brazil is

    goal keeper : julio cesar
    defend :lucio,maicon,juan,danil alves
    centre : babtista,kaka,ronaldinho,marcello
    striker : ronaldo,robinho,pato,adriano,fabiano

    plz.,,wake up….dunga….,,,thanks…..

  • 33. luzianithh  |  June 15, 2010 at 11:50

    Why ronaldinho gaucho is not goin to play??? That’s not fair… Everybody wants to see him play!!!!! Iam soo sad and upset…I know most of the pep are sad too 😦

  • 34. saktinder  |  June 25, 2010 at 03:56

    I believe this Brazilian squadis not the best one .still if they win ,it will be a upset.Well,upset r common in WC2010

  • 35. mel  |  July 4, 2010 at 13:18

    poor squad……………….. ranaldinho n adraino should be there..

  • 36. web tasarımı  |  July 22, 2010 at 09:12

    poor squad

  • 37. David Walker  |  April 5, 2011 at 10:16

    I thought Brazil would have done better with the squad they took to South Africa but the signs were there even in an easy group when they made hard work of North Korea.

  • 38. Brent M  |  April 11, 2011 at 19:24

    In reply to “David Walker” above – I agree – I thought they would have done a lot better in SA – you can’t over analyze – but it was disappointing to say the least. It was certainly hard watching the North Korea game – that’s for sure.

  • 39. mahal  |  July 25, 2011 at 02:25

    this Player will give Brazil Win 2014 Ronaldinho,Robinho,Andriano ,kaka,Fabiano,neyhmar,Danel alves,marcelo hope this player selected in Brazil squad hope no stupid coach omitted or overlook
    this player for 2014.

  • 40. mahal  |  July 25, 2011 at 02:35

    u can see this player how beautiful skill friendly match with Dutch,Spain n Argentina.New coach please plan friendly match with
    this 3 country due to see how skill this player n high confident Brazil
    will WIN 2014 WC.

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