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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)


Guest Blog: Star Names set to miss out on World Cup dream

The World Cup is regarded as the pinnacle of achievement for professional footballers. For some of the world’s biggest names, the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa looks a distant goal. Boards.ie’s Peabutler takes a look at some prominent examples.

When Ronaldinho took home the FIFA World Player Of The Year Award for 2006 not many could imagine a Brazil without him. Four years on and everything has changed, Ronaldinho is set to be nothing more than a spectator as his country attempt to lift the World Cup trophy yet again in South Africa 2010. The king of samba skills has failed to make the grade internationally and despite some glittering form for AC Milan, the Brazilian management insist he is too inconsistent and not fit enough to be considered for selection.

Ronaldinho isn’t the only marquee name player that might miss out, fellow Brazilian Ronaldo is almost a certain absentee. Meanwhile Spain’s all time top international goal scorer Raul looks set to be overlooked. Raul has failed to carve a place in the team amongst Madrid’s Galacticos Mark 2 and will not be brought along for the ride unless he can get some game time. Raul has not played for Spain in almost 4 years now and although unlikely Del Bosque will recall him now the 32 year old has refused to rule out the possibility recently saying “ If I am number 1 at Madrid I will go to South Africa I think”.

Raul and Ronaldinho both look set to miss out on selection but what of those whose dreams have been curtailed by injury? The most high profile case is of course England’s David Beckham, enjoying the twilight of his career, Beckham injured his left Achilles tendon while on loan at AC Milan and, unfortunately, is sure to miss out on one last chance on the biggest stage of them all.

But he is not the only high profile player set to miss out, Portugese convert Pepe of Real Madrid is a likely omission as is Chelsea and Ghana star Michael Essien, both injuries would appear to dent any ambitions the respective national sides harboured. Essien is battling hard to get back in time for the World Cup but was recently forced to concede he may not make it. As for Pepe, a knee injury in December has kept him out and doubts surround his ability to recover and regain fitness in time for the World Cup.

All 32 nations are expected to announce their squads within the coming weeks, look out for those mentioned above, will they make it or be just excluded, we will soon see.

-Peabutler, boards.ie