Parreira confirms starting XI
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Carlos Alberto Parreira has confirmed Brazil's World Cup starting line-up.
Brazil national team coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has confirmed his starting line-up for the World Cup opener against Croatia on June 13.
Barring injuries and fitness, Parreira will stick with the side that started the country's last World Cup qualifier against Venezuela in October.
That means the 'magic quartet' of Kaka, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Adriano will all start together in Germany this summer.
"To start the Cup, it will be the quartet," confirmed Parreira.
"The team which starts the Cup will be the same one which finished the qualifiers, we have to be coherent.
"Afterwards, during the course of the competition, the results and performances will determine whether or not it's necessary to change."
Dida is therefore likely to be protected by Cafu, Lucio, Juan and Roberto Carlos with Emerson and Ze Roberto playing the defensive midfield roles in the side.
Meanwhile, Parreira insists star player Ronaldinho will be given a similar role to the one he plays at Barcelona.
It had been speculated that the playmaker would have to play a more restrained role in the Brazil set-up, but Parreira says he will allow Ronaldinho the freedom to play his own game.
"It's absurd to say that he plays differently in the national team and Barcelona because of his positioning," Parreira added.
"He has complete freedom in the Brazil team. The difference is that, when he plays for his club, he has the stage to himself and in the national team he has to divide it with other stars."