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Friday, September 7, 2007

Brasil Squad for the Friendlies with USA and Mexico

O Seleção will face the USA in Chicago on Sunday at 1600. The last time the teams played was in 2003, and Brasil won, 1 x 2, AET, in Miami. ESPN2 and Univision will broadcast the game live at 1600 Eastern time; however, the timing is very poor as the NFL kicks-off their season on Sunday, and MLS also has several games. No other country in the world would play a domestic soccer league game with Brasil facing their National Team on the same day. But this is the desert of world football, and also, television contracts/FIFA dates rule the roost. I hope that the USSF respects the game and the teams. Soldier Field should not display gridiron football markings for a friendly of this magnitude.

Here is whom Coach Carlos Dunga selected for games against the USA and Mexico (in Foxborough next Wednesday). With the exception of two of the best players in the world, Kaka' and Ronaldinho Gaucho, this is primarily the team that shut down Argentina in the Copa America final. What a fantastic array and exporter of talent. This collective team plays in over 10 different global leagues. Their B team would easily beat most other national sides.

Goalkeepers

Julio Cesar (Internazionale)
Doni (AS Roma)

Defenders

Maicon (Internazionale)
Kleber (Santos)
Daniel Alves (Sevilla FC)
Gilberto (Hertha Berlin)
Lucio (Bayern Munich)
Juan (AS Roma)
Gladstone (Sporting Lisbon)
Edu Dracena (Fenerbahçe of Turkey)

Midfielders

Gilberto Silva (Arsenal)
Josué (Wolfsburg)
Mineiro (Hertha Berlin)
Diego (Werder Bremen)
Fernando (Bordeaux)
Elano (Manchester City)
Julio Baptista (Real Madrid)
Ricardo Kaka' (AC Milan)

Forwards

Robinho (Real Madrid)
Ronaldinho Gaucho (FC Barcelona)
Vagner Love (CSKA Moscow)
Afonso Alves (Heerenveen of Holland)

Note

Michael Bradley may face his club side teammate, Afonso Alves. Both play for Heerenveen in the Dutch Eredivisie.

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