Brazil announce squad for the 2010 World Cup
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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