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Ronaldinho, Kaka omitted from Brazil´s Confederations Cup squad

14 May 2013 16:59

Ronaldinho's impressive form for Atletico Mineiro has not been enough to earn a place in Brazil's Confederations Cup squad.

The 33-year-old has inspired his new club since signing for them in June 2012, putting particularly impressive performances in the Copa Libertadores but Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has decided not to call him up for the squad, with Real Madrid playmaker Kaka also missing out.

Ronaldinho last played for Brazil in April against Chile but he failed to impress and was jeered by sections of the home fans in Belo

Horizonte.

Mineiro had the best form of any team in the group stages of the competition, winning five and losing only one, and the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year was influential in that run.


However it was not enough to convince Scolari, the 64-year-old opting for youth instead of experience for the competition. That has seen Chelsea's Oscar, PSG's Lucas Moura and Ronaldinho's Atletico Mineiro team-mate Bernard.

Scolari's side, who are currently ranked 19th in the FIFA World Rankings, have been drawn in Group A of this year's competition where they will face Japan, Italy and Mexico.

Squad list in full:

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (QPR), Diego Cavalieri (Fluminense), Jefferson (Botafogo).

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

Midfielders: Fernando (Gremio), Hernanes (Lazio), Luiz Gustavo (Bayern Munich), Paulinho (Corinthians).

Attackers: Jadson (Sao Paulo), Oscar (Chelsea), Lucas Moura (PSG), Hulk (Zenit), Bernard (Atletico Mineiro), Leandro Damiao (Internacional), Fred (Fluminense), Neymar (Santos).

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