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No Ronaldinho, Robinho and Kaka in Brazil's World Cup squad

May 8, 2014 - 1:02am

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Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari yesterday unveiled the 23 men he trusts can deliver a sixth World Cup ahead of this year’s event starting on June 12 on home soil.

Having already led the most successful nation in the tournament’s history to their fifth title in Japan in 2002, Scolari is now out to lay the ghosts of 1950, when the Selecao lost the trophy match to Uruguay in Rio.

His list contained no major surprises, although AC Milan forward Robinho (92 caps) missed the cut, along with former World Players of the Year Ronaldinho (97 caps) and Kaka (87 caps), in an echo of his decision to dump Romario for the 2002 campaign.

Robinho missed the cut despite facing Chile in a recent friendly. There were also no places for PSG's Lucas Moura and Liverpool's Lucas Leiva and Philippe Coutinho.

BRAZIL SQUAD
- GOALKEEPERS: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atletico Mineiro)
- DEFENDERS: Dante (Bayern Munich), David Luiz (Chelsea), Henrique (Napoli), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Roma), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Thiago Silva, Maxwell (both PSG)
- MIDFIELDERS: Fernandinho (Man City), Hernanes (Inter), Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Paulinho (Tottenham), Oscar, Ramires, Willian (all Chelsea)
- STRIKERS: Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Fred (Fluminense), Hulk (Zenit), Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Neymar (Barcelona)

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