Brazilian football coach Dunga has decided to avoid the provisional 30 man stage of squad selection, and has instead names his final 23 man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa this week.
Both of Brazil’s prolific forwards from their World Cup Qualifying campaign, Luis Fabiano and Robinho, have been named in a four man attacking lineup.
There is no place for AC Milan’s Ronaldinho, nor fellow former Brazilian favourite Adriano.
Brazil will still be one of the favourites for the tournament after announcing the following strong squad of players, featuring, in particular, some of the best Brazilian goalkeepers of recent years.
Brazil will play in Group G along with Portugal, Ivory Coast and North Korea.
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Doni (AS Roma), Gomes (Tottenham Hotspur)
Defenders: Maicon (Inter Milan), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Michel Bastos (Olympique Lyon), Gilberto (Cruzeiro), Lucio (Inter Milan), Juan (AS Roma), Luisao (Benfica), Thiago Silva (AC Milan)
Midfielders: Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos), Felipe Melo (Fiorentina), Ramires (Benfica), Elano (Galatasaray), Kaka (Real Madrid), Julio Baptista (Roma), Kleberson (Flamengo), Josue (VfL Wolfsburg).
Forwards: Robinho (Santos), Luis Fabiano (Sevilla), Nilmar (Villarreal), Grafite (VfL Wolfsburg).
Brazil will play in the difficult Group H alongside Portugal, Ivory Coast and North Korea in FIFA World Cup 2010.