Dunga ruthless in naming 23-man Brazil Squad – No Ronaldinho

12th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Dunga said there would be no surprises with his squad selection, and, well, there kind of was, at least from an outsiders point of view, as both Ronaldinho and Adriano missed the cut yesterday afternoon in Dunga’s 23-man squad.

In fairness, it wasn’t too surprising to see the latter, Adriano, miss out on playing in South Africa after a poor couple of seasons and never really coming to the plate when on international duty despite scoring 27 goals in 48 caps. The absence of Ronaldinho however, now that did raise a few eyebrows, as the former two-time World Player of the Year has enjoyed some good form on the whole during the course of the seasons with AC Milan, with the rumours circulating that 2002 World Cup winner with Brazil would sneak his way bay into the Brazil fold.

Also, another casualty was Alexandre Pato, another AC Milan forward which didn’t get a look in after a season of poor form and many injuries.


So, the headline in Brazil is it’s going to be a World Cup without Ronaldinho, which seems a tad strange, although Ronaldinho isn’t the same player which won back-to-back Player of the Year titles in 2004 and 2005. However, many big names were included; Luis Fabiano of Seville will spearhead the Brazil attack, perhaps alongside Nilmar, who has been a favourite selection of Dunga throughout qualification. Robinho may have flopped back in England for Manchester City but his return home to Brazil has sparked a resurgence in his personal form, one which has resulted in a call up from Dunga for his international services. Wolfsburg’s Grafite, top goalscorer in the 2008-2009 German Bundesliga, was the surprise inclusion overall and looks set to play reserve striker during the finals.

Dunga’s Midfield picks look a tad conservative in comparison to previous Brazil squads, with Kaka and Kleberson the only real flair players named in the Brazil Midfield. Gilberto Silva and Felipe Melo, both holding Midfielders, were both called up, as well was Elano, formerly of Man City, a highly rated Ramires from Benfica and Michael Bastos of Lyon.

The Brazil defence, somewhat surprisingly, looks very strong considering the general idea of a Brazil side is they have a potent attack and a less reliable defence. That doesn’t seem to be the case this time around, with Brazil’s defence packing plenty of punch; Lucio, captain for Brazil, was a certainty after impressing with new club Inter Milan, Luisao will stand head and shoulders above most forwards, while Dani Alves, Maicon, both forward thinking players down in the wing-back positions, Juan and Thiago Silva make up the six defenders heading to South Africa.

It looks a well rounded squad, not overly excessive with flair nor has it been overloaded with forwards. Dunga has always stated he wanted to get the Brazilians playing with balance, to show they can play more as a team rather than rely on their fire-power up front, and some of choices reinstate his views.


Dunga’s men will play their part in what appears likely to be a fascinating ‘Group of Death’ where the likes of Ivory Coast and Portugal await them, as well do the North Koreans in Group G.


Brazil 23-Man Squad:

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar, Doni, Heurelho Gomes

Defenders: Maicon, Dani Alves, Lucio, Juan, Luisao, Thiago Silva, Gilberto

Midfielders: Michel Bastos, Gilberto Silva, Felipe Melo, Josue, Elano, Ramires, Kleberson, Kaka

Forwards: Julio Baptista, Robinho, Nilmar Luis Fabiano


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