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Brazil at full strength

15 May 2006 - 17:37:11

Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has named a fearsome looking squad for Brazil's defence of the World Cup.

All of Brazil's superstars have made the 23-man party, with Parreira's strike options of Ronaldo, Robinho, Ronaldinho, Adriano and Fred the envy of all the other coaches at Germany 2006.

However, there was no place for central defender Roque Junior or goalkeeper Marcos, who both played in the final four years ago.

Hertha Berlin's Gilberto was selected ahead of Roque Junior, while Sao Paulo captain Rogerio Ceni is the squad's third goalkeeper.

Brazil squad:

Goalkeepers: Dida (AC Milan), Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Rogerio Ceni (Sao Paulo).

Defenders: Cafu (AC Milan), Cicinho (Real Madrid), Lucio (Bayern Munich), Juan (Bayer Leverkusen), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid), Gilberto (Hertha Berlin), Cris (Olympique Lyon), Luisao (Benfica).

Midfielders: Edmilson (Barcelona), Juninho Pernambucano (Olympique Lyon), Emerson (Juventus), Ze Roberto (Bayern Munich), Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), Kaka (AC Milan), Ricardinho (Corinthians).

Forwards: Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Robinho (Real Madrid), Ronaldinho (Barcelona), Adriano (Inter Milan), Fred (Olympique Lyon).


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