Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira selected 22
players Thursday for the games Nov. 12 and 15, summoning the base of the
team he intends to take to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Nearly all of Brazil's regulars will be there, including Adriano of
Italy's Internazionale, Robinho of Real Madrid, Kaka of Milan and FIFA
World Player of the Year Ronaldinho of Barcelona. The big absence is
Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, who is recovering from an injury to his
left ankle. His replacement is Fred, a speedy striker who recently
transferred from Cruzeiro to France's Lyon.
A surprise inclusion was defender Edmilson, a mainstay on the Brazilian
team that won a record fifth World Cup in Japan in 2002 but who missed
eight months after rupturing ligaments in his left knee while playing
After his injury in October of last year, Edmilson returned to the field
with Barcelona in May and has worked his way back into consideration by
Edmilson has the advantage of versatility, playing in the midfield for
Barcelona but equally comfortable on the back line.
Corinthians left winger Gustavo Nery also was chosen as an understudy
for Real Madrid veteran Roberto Carlos. His rival for the reserve spot -
Hertha Berlin's Gilberto - was not selected.
The two friendlies are virtually Brazil's last preparation mataches
before the Cup. The team plans just one more exhibition game, but the
date and the rival have not been determined.
Brazil faces the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 12 and then
heads to Kuwait to face the Kuwaiti select squad.
Goalkeepers: Dida (AC Milan) and Julio Cesar (Internazionale)
Defenders: Cafu (AC Milan), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid), Cicinho (Sao
Paulo), Gustavo Nery (Corinthians), Lucio (Bayern Munich), Juan (Bayer
Leverkusen), Roque Jr. (Bayer Leverkusen) and Luisao (Benfica)
Midfielders: Emerson (Juventus), Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), Edmilson (Barcelona),
Ze Roberto (Bayern Munich), Juninho Pernambucano (Lyon), Kaka (AC Milan),
Ricardinho (Santos) and Ronaldinho Gaucho (Barcelona)
Forwards: Fred (Lyon), Adriano (Internazionale), Robinho (Real Madrid)
and Ricardo Oliveira (Real Betis)