Brazil have omitted forward Kaka, wingback
Cafu and goalkeeper Dida from next month's World Cup qualifier against
Bolivia after the AC Milan trio were not released for this week's "Peace
Game" in Haiti.
The three were all left out of the 23-man squad announced on the
Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) official website on Tuesday for
the match in Sao Paulo on September 5 and a friendly international away
to Germany three days later.
Brazil will field most of their top players, including Ronaldo,
Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos, when they take on Haiti in a friendly in
Port-au-Prince on Wednesday.
But Kaka, one of the revelations in the last European season, Cafu, who
captained Brazil's World Cup winning team in 2002, and Dida all pulled
out after AC Milan refused to release them, the CBF said.
Germany's Bayern Munich told defender Lucio and midfielder Ze Roberto
not to travel and the pair have also been dropped from the September
The Haiti match is taking place on a date allocated by FIFA but European
clubs are not obliged to release players because the game is outside
their own continent.
On Monday, coach Carlos Alberto Parreira criticised Milan but said the
players could have put more pressure on the Italian club.
"The club was determined not to release them ... but at a moment like
this, the players have to squeeze the club a bit," he told reporters in
neighbouring Dominican Republic, where Brazil are staying before the
Parreira added: "This game (against Haiti) is a bit different. A little
bit of good will was missing and as well as an understanding of the
importance of this game."
The Haiti game, aimed at promoting peace between he warring factions in
the Caribbean country, was arranged on the initiative of the Brazilian
In June, a United Nations force led by 1,200 Brazilian troops took over
command of peacekeeping operations from the United States following a
bloody rebellion that ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in
Because of security concerns, Parreira's squad will stay in Haiti for
just a few hours under the protection of Brazilian soldiers.
Goalkeepers: Fabio (Vasco da Gama), Julio Cesar (Flamengo)
Defenders: Belletti (Villareal, Spain), Maicon (Monaco, France), Cris (Cruzeiro),
Luisao (Benfica, Portugal), Roque Junior (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany),
Juan (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Gustavo Nery (Werder Bremen, Germany),
Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid, Spain)
Midfielders: Edmilson (Barcelona, Spain), Gilberto Silva (Arsenal,
England), Julio Baptista (Sevilla, Spain), Alex (Fenerbahce, Turkey),
Renato (Sevilla, Spain), Diego (Porto, Portugal), Edu (Arsenal, England),
Juninho Pernambucano (Olympique Lyon, France)
Forwards: Adriano (Inter Milan, Italy), Luis Fabiano (Sao Paulo),
Ronaldinho (Barcelona, Spain), Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Spain), Robinho (Santos)