The Seleçao Class of 2010 – Efficient rather than exuberant

As with every Brazilian World Cup squad there have been deserving casualties. There was no recall for Ronaldinho, Adriano, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and, to the despair of many fans, no call up for teenage prodigy Neymar.

Despite recovering much of the form that saw him rise to the peak of world football, Ronaldinho has not been considered by Dunga.

The midfield does not feature the usual array of creative purveyors of joga bonito. This Brazil selection will be instead practice ruthlessly effective instead of the usual expressive football we have become accustomed to seeing in previous generations of the Seleçao.

The sole surprise was the call-up afforded to Grafite of German side Vfl Wolfsburg. Grafite, whose partnership with Edin Dzeko propelled Wolfsburg to the title in 2009, has not reproduced this form in recent months.

Goalkeepers Júlio César (Internazionale), Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham Hotspur), Doni (AS Roma)

Defenders Maicon (Internazionale), Daniel Alvés (Barcelona), Gilberto (Cruzeiro), Michel Bastos (Olympique Lyonnais), Lúcio (Internazionale), Juan (AS Roma), Luisao (Benfica), Thiago Silva (AC Milan)

Midfielders Gilberto Silva (Panathanaikos), Felipe Melo (Juventus), Kaká (Real Madrid), Josue (Vfl Wolfsburg), Kléberson (Flamengo), Elano (Galatasaray), Ramires (Benfica)

Forwards Julio Baptista (AS Roma), Robinho (Santos), Luís Fabiano (Sevilla), Nilmar (Villarreal), Grafite (Vfl Wolfsburg)

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2 responses to “The Seleçao Class of 2010 – Efficient rather than exuberant

  1. Where is Alexandre Pato?????

  2. Left behind. He has been recovering from injury but it’s doubtful that he would have been selected anyway, another aberration from Dunga.

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