World CupThursday, May 8, 2014
Provisional Brazil squad leaves out Kaká and Robinho
SAO PAULO — Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari announced his World Cup squad yesterday without any major surprises, choosing most of the players who won last year’s Confederations Cup by beating world champions Spain in the final. Scolari’s 23-name provisional list includes 16 players who were in the team that won that tournament.
The team will mix talented young stars such as Neymar and Oscar with more experienced players such as Dani Alves, David Luiz, Thiago Silva and Hulk.
Kaká and Robinho, the stars at the 2010 World Cup, still had hopes of playing in the tournament at home but were left off the list, as were former AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato and 34-year-old Ronaldinho, the 2002 world champion.
Only five players from this year’s list were in the 2010 tournament — Júlio César, Silva, Alves, Maicon and Ramires.
Also missing were Atlético Madrid defenders Miranda and Filipe Luis, as well as Liverpool midfielders Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Leiva. Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Lucas Moura, who played in the Confederations Cup, also was left out.
Scolari had already confirmed nine players on the squad — Luiz, Oscar, Ramires, Willian, Paulinho, César, Silva, Fred and Neymar. He said there were only two spots remaining in the team, with the doubts related to the third goalkeeper and the fourth central defender, positions that were filled by Atlético Mineiro goalkeeper Victor and Napoli defender Henrique.
Brazil is in Group A with Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon. It will open against Croatia on June 12 in Sao Paulo.