No surprises for Brazil
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has named the squad that was largely expected.
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has named the squad that was largely expected as he finalises preparations for the world champions.
Perhaps the one surprise Parreira sprung was the inclusion of Sao Paulo captain Rogerio Ceni, who takes the place of previous third-choice goalkeeper Marcos, who has failed to recover from injury.
Roque Junior, despite appearing in Brazil's World Cup qualifying campaign, has not made the cut while Gilberto will act as understudy to regular left back Roberto Carlos.
Big-name forwards Ronaldo, Robinho, Ronaldinho and Adriano are all included, while a midfield that also contains the attacking verve of Juninho and Kaka should ensure the five-times champions will not be short of firepower.
Goalkeepers: Dida (Milan), Julio Cesar (Internazionale), Rogerio Ceni (Sao Paulo)
Defenders: Cafu (Milan), Cicinho (Real Madrid), Lucio (Bayern Munich), Juan (Bayer Leverkusen), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid), Gilberto (Hertha Berlin), Cris (Lyon), Luisao (Benfica)
Midfielders: Edmilson (Barcelona), Juninho Pernambucano (Lyon), Emerson (Juventus), Ze Roberto (Bayern Munich), Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), Kaka ( Milan), Ricardinho (Corinthians)
Forwards: Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Robinho (Real Madrid), Ronaldinho (Barcelona), Adriano (Internazionale), Fred (Lyon).