Soccer

Kaka axed from Brazil squad

2013-05-14 17:50
Kaka (AFP)
Sao Paulo - Ronaldinho and Kaka are two of the most notable names missing from the Brazil squad announced to take part in the Confederations Cup next month.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari also overlooked Alexandre Pato and Chelsea's Ramires for the World Cup warm-up tournament that Brazil will host.

The team does include Santos' Neymar, Chelsea's Oscar, Real Madrid's Marcelo and Paris Saint-Germain's Lucas and Thiago Silva.

Scolari had said he would likely choose between Ronaldinho and Kaka for the Confederations Cup, and Ronaldinho apparently was set to secure his place after playing well recently and receiving widespread praise from fans, local media and Scolari himself. And while Kaka was struggling to get a chance to play with Real Madrid, Ronaldinho was making the most of his matches with Atletico Mineiro in Brazil.

Ronaldinho had a remarkable performance in a high profile Copa Libertadores match last week, helping his team rout Sao Paulo 4-1 and advance to the quarterfinals.

Ronaldinho was a starter in Scolari's team that won the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

Brazil will play only two matches before the Confederations Cup, against England on June 2 at the new Maracana and against France in the southern city of Porto Alegre on June 9.

The national team is coming off a disappointing 2-2 draw with Chile at Mineirao Stadium last month, when Ronaldinho and the rest of the team left the pitch under loud boos by nearly 50 000 home fans.

Scolari has called up 44 players for five matches since retaking Brazil's reins in December. He had a difficult start, losing to England 2-1, drawing Italy 2-2 and Russia 1-1 before beating Bolivia 4-0 for his first win.

Brazil squad to play in the FIFA Confederations Cup (club the player represents):

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Queens Park Rangers), Diego Cavalieri (Fluminense), Jefferson (Botafogo).

Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Jean (Fluminense), Filipe Luis (Atletico de Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), David Luiz (Chelsea), Rever (Atletico Mineiro), Dante (Bayern Munich), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain).

Midfielders: Paulinho (Corinthians), Fernando (Gremio), Luiz Gustavo (Bayern Munich), Hernanes (Lazio), Oscar (Chelsea), Lucas (Paris Saint-Germain), Jadson (Sao Paulo).

Forwards: Neymar (Santos), Fred (Fluminense), Hulk (Zenit), Leandro Damiao (Internacional), Bernard (Atletico Mineiro).

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