Xtratime Community banner

1 - 8 of 8 Posts

3,977 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
And still no Romario...

Lista completa de convocados:

Guarda-redes - Marcos (Palmeiras) e Rogério Ceni (São Paulo).

Defesas - Paulo César (Fluminense), Anderson Polga (Grémio), Cafu (Roma), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid), Júnior (Parma), Roque Júnior (Milan), Lúcio (Bayer Leverkusen) e Edmílson (Lyon).

Médios - Gilberto Silva (Atlético Mineiro), Kleberson (Atlético Paranaense), Juninho Paulista (Flamengo), Emerson (Roma), Rivaldo (Barcelona), Djalminha (Deportivo) e Ronaldinho Gaúcho (PSG).

Avançados - Edilson (Cruzeiro), Euller (Vasco da Gama), Luizão (Grémio), Ronaldo (Inter Milão) e Denilson (Bétis)

0 Posts
Why do we need two defensive midfielders? I like both but is it nessessary for 2?

2,549 Posts
I would bet in this 11 to start.

-Cafú-----------------Gilberto Silva--------R.Carlos--

XT Post Number King
111,120 Posts
International Preview: Portugal-Brazil
Portugal - Brazil | News Archive

Ronaldo is likely to see 45 minutes action (Allsport)
04/16/2002. BACKGROUND

The week's most appetising friendly? Surely. While it is true that both nations aren't in the of best shape at present, on their day, they remain two of the most entertaining sides in world football. Never mind Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's admission that 'If we have to play ugly, we will play ugly', they have the players to dazzle on the big stage, and still possess some of the true entertainers of the world game.

Portugal coach Antonio Oliveira must lift his troops after last month's highly embarrassing 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Finland. He should have little trouble doing so and the common consensus is that this was a freak result.

Oliveira has admitted that he will again go with just the single striker up-front in Japan and South Korea. It remains to be seen who will take this slot -Nuno Gomes and Pauleta are the candidates- but it is certain that Portugal's remaining two friendlies will be crucial in determining this. Gomes had an excellent Euro 2000 but has been in poor form for Fiorentina this season, while Pauleta has netted 21 times for Bordeaux but is not pitting himself against the world's finest players each week.

Brazil coach Scolari is a man who cares little for public opinion. He has resisted many calls for the return of Romario and looks set to omit him from his World Cup squad, despite the striker's desperate plea last week. Sporting Lisbon's Mario Jardel is another player at odds with the coach and was frustrated last month when Ronaldo was given the nod ahead of him to feature in the squad that beat Yugoslavia 1-0 in a friendly.

"I will have to stop playing and scoring goals to be called up again," he said after hearing the squad.

There is little doubt that Brazil have the players to reach the last four of the World Cup. They still have the best pair of attacking full-backs in world football -Cafu and Roberto Carlos- while in midfield, Emerson is the all-round player that many countries crave. Rivaldo may have underachieved for his nation in the past, but 28 goals in 55 appearances is not to be sneezed at. In attack, meanwhile, Ronaldo has shown glimpses for his club Inter that he can return to somewhere near the old level, and will be the striker no one wants to face in Japan and South Korea. So the spine remains, now it is time for the national side to once again prove they are the world's best. What better place to start than against the team dubbed 'the Brazil of Europe'?


Brazil Last Six Matches: LWWWWW

The win against Venezuela booked the Brazilian's passage to the World Cup, but it was a lot tighter than it should have been. This victory was followed by friendly wins against Bolivia (6-0), Saudi Arabia (1-0), Iceland (6-1) and Yugoslavia last month when Luizao got the only goal of the game.

Portugal Last Six Matches: WWWWDL

In the qualifiers Oliveira's men won comfortably against Cyprus, Andorra, Cyprus again and Estonia. This sealed qualification from a tough group including Holland and the Republic Of Ireland. They then drew 1-1 in a friendly with Spain before crashing 4-1 at home to Finland in their only recent defeat.


Portugal- Manuel Rui Costa and Nuno Gomes are both out injured, while Simao Sabrosa and Ricardo Sa Pinto are long-term absentees and will miss the World Cup with knee injuries. However, Luis Figo, Vitor Baia and Paulo Sousa have all recovered from injury and will start the match.

PL- 4-5-1- Ricardo Pereira, Abel Xavier, Fernando Couto, Jorge Costa, Rui Jorge, Armando Petit, Paulo Sousa, Luis Figo, Sergio Conceicao, Joao Pinto, Pedro Pauleta.

Brazil- Scolari is set to go with a three-pronged attack of Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, with the latter playing just behind. Ronaldo is expected to play for just 45 minutes. Cafu and Roberto Carlos will operate down the flanks, with Gilberto Silva and Emerson acting as the holding midfielders. Lucio, Anderson Polga and Roque Junior will play in the back three.

PL- 3-5-2- Marcos, Anderson Polga, Lucio, Roque Junior, Cafu, Gilberto Silva, Emerson, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Ronaldo


Luis Figo (Portugal)- the 29-year-old has only recently returned from injury but put in a highly impressive display against Bayern Munich last week. He may have lost a little pace, but still has plenty of skill and trickery.

Ronaldo (Brazil)- The Inter Milan striker has impressed in his last two club games. He came close to scoring against Feyenoord last week, where plenty of the old pace and and quick feet were on display. He then steered Inter to a victory against Brescia with two goals in the last ten minutes.


An entertaining draw.

Portugal win 30%
Draw 40%
Brazil Win 30%
1 - 8 of 8 Posts