Ireland v Brazil Friendly on March 2nd – No room for Ronaldinho in squad

10th February 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
Football World Cup News

Ahead of England’s first friendly in their warm up for the World Cup, which takes place on March 3rd against Egypt, 2010 FIFA World Cup favourites Brazil are heading to London on March 2nd. In a game held at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, the mighty South Americans draw their warm ups to a conclusion with a game against Ireland. Some big news out of the Brazilian camp though, is that AC Milan’s star, Ronaldinho may be struggling to book a plane ticket to South Africa. He has been left out the squad which will travel to England for the friendly against Ireland, casting doubts over whether he is done at an international level. Ronaldinho, former World and European Player of the Year, hasn’t pulled on his country’s jersey for about a year now, but he has been in blistering form for his club.

But competition, as always, for the front spots in the Brazilian national side, is hot. They have Luis Fabiano for starters, who is nothing short of a goalscoring machine. At club level with Sevilla this season, he has scored 16 goals in 13 appearances in all competitions, and his international record is just as impressive. In 36 appearances for his country, he has returned a phenomenal 25 goals. The other forwards, which coach Dunga has stuck with, are Adriano and Nilmar. Combined with Fabiano, that’s more than enough for any defence to deal with. But one surprising admission again, is Manchester City’s Robinho, who has also made the squad. With him coming in over Ronaldinho, it hints at some discord somewhere.

Robinho, who has yet to show anything for Manchester City, has been loaned out to Brazilian club side Santos, in order for him to fulfil the potential he so clearly has. Liverpool’s Lucas, somewhat surprisingly as he has had his major critics for being less than Premier League quality, is included in the squad to face Ireland. The Brazilians do look a strong outfit, and that is no surprise when it comes to the World Cup. They are second favourites behind Spain to lift the trophy, and certainly have the creativity and forward power to destroy most teams. Coach Dunga has stated that the door is not closed on Ronaldinho, and that there is a chance. But with this being Brazil’s final warm up match before the tournament, Ronaldinho will need to continue to impress for AC Milan. Brazil are in a group along with North Korea, Portugal and Ivory Coast at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and are 5/1 at Totesport to win the World Cup.

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