Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira named
his 23-man squad for the World Cup on Monday with only one surprise.
Lyon defender Cris will take the place that was expected to go veteran
Roque Junior, who is recovering from an injury.
"Today, Cris is one of the respected
players in Europe. He sought after by various clubs. He deserved a spot
among the 23 players called," Parreira said.
Parreira said that while Brazil had talented players to spare, he
believes the team he called up represented the best the country had to
"All the players were called up over the last four years, they were
called because they deserve it. So, at this moment, in my opinion, these
23 players are the best to represent Brazil in the World Cup," Parreira
Ronaldo and Ronaldinho were also on the list, along with World Cup
veterans Roberto Carlos and captain Cafu.
Younger players like Real Madrid's Robinho and Lyon's Fred also made the
From their jersey numbers, it appears Brazil's attack will be lead by
Adriano of Inter Milan, who will be wearing No. 7, and Real Madrid's
Ronaldo, who will be No. 9.
"Whenever we call on him Adriano provides results. It was that way at
the Copa America which we won in 2004," Parreira said.
Parreira said he believed the most watched player of the tournament
would be midfielder Ronaldinho.
"At Barcelona he is the main player. On the 'Selecao' he shares space
with the other big stars," Parreira said.
Parreira, who lead Brazil to victory at the 1994 World Cup, said he was
confident the team would shine in Germany.
"If I were to say I thought of the possibility of Brazil being
eliminated I would be lying," Parreira said. "My thinking and that of
the whole technical commission is the fight to be champion."
Players from Brazilian teams will travel to Switzerland on Sunday and
players from foreign teams arrive next Monday to begin training in the
city of Weggis. On June 4, the team heads to Germany.
Brazil is scheduled to play two friendly games ahead of the World Cup,
first against Lucerne in Basel on May 30 and then on June 4 against New
Zealand in Geneva.
Brazil's first World Cup game will be on June 13 when the team faces
Croatia in Berlin. The five-time champions also play Australia and Japan
in Group F.