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World-Defiant Big Phil leaves out Romario

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) -

Veteran Brazilian striker Romario's dream of a World Cup swansong has ended after coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, defying public opinion, left him out of his squad for the finals in Japan and South Korea.

Scolari, who was harassed in the centre of Rio de Janeiro by angry fans on Friday because of his refusal to pick Romario, said the decision remains final and added that he had no fears for his own safety.

The charismatic Romario, who led Brazil to their 1994 World Cup triumph, remains one of the world's most deadly penalty-area specialists at the age of 36 and his exclusion from the team has been deeply unpopular.

Scolari, who also omitted midfielder Djalminha after last week's incident in which the player head-butted his club coach at Deportivo Coruna, has not picked Romario since last July's 1-0 defeat by Uruguay.

He has cited technical and tactical reasons, although many believe a possible act of indiscipline in Montevideo might have been the cause.

"I just want to say that I picked these players because I think they're right for this job -- nobody will make me change my mind," said the man known as Big Phil, whose team face Turkey, Costa Rica and China in group C.

"I'm sorry for those athletes who have been left out but I can only pick 23. Win or lose it's my choice -- I prefer to be the scapegoat and do it my way than do it someone else's way."

ANGRY MOB

Scolari dismissed Friday's incident, in which he was insulted, pushed and shoved by an angry mob of around 50 fans as he walked a short distance from the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) headquarters to a waiting car.

"There wasn't any physical violence," Scolari added. "I understand the supporters but I make the decisions which I think are in the best interests of the team."

He also brushed aside suggestions of hiring bodyguards.

"I don't have protection when I go to the bank, when I take my family out and everybody knows where I live and which places I go to," he said.

Scolari, who took over eleven months ago with Brazil in danger of failing to qualify, said he was aware that anything less than a fifth world title would be dubbed a failure -- with or without Romario.

"If I don't win, I'm dead meat in any case," he said.

"My duty is to win. We don't have a second-place culture in this country.

"My own son said to me recently: second place is just the first of the last places. We had an excellent Cup in 1998 but the lasting impression was negative because we lost the final to France."

The episode is the latest twist in Romario's love-hate relationship with the World Cup.

Although he won the title and scored five goals in 1994, he has bitter memories of the 1990 and 1998 tournaments.

He played only one match in the latter, which took place shortly after he had broken his leg, and was axed on the eve of France '98 in tears with a niggling calf muscle injury.

TEARFUL OUTPOURING

Romario, who has averaged a goal a game in club football this year, had made no secret of his hopes for a third World Cup, but not even a tearful outpouring last month could persuade Scolari to change his mind.

Scolari said that last week's incident in Spain, when Djalminha head-butted Deportivo coach Javier Irureta, helped him decide in favour of Sao Paulo's 19-year-midfielder Kaka.

Barcelona's Rivaldo was included despite recent injury problems and a reputation for failing to produce his best at international level.

Scolari's list produced no other major surprises although Bayern Munich striker Elber, Sporting Lisbon's Mario Jardel and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Ze Roberto -- who were all left out -- would probably figure in the squad of almost any other national team.

The squad included seven survivors from 1998, when Brazil finished runners-up, and two from 1994.

Goalkeeper Dida, full-backs Cafu and Roberto Carlos, midfielders Emerson Ferreira and forwards Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Denilson were all at France '98.

In a possible sign of the times, only one of the 23 players is from a Rio de Janeiro-based club, whose Maracana stadium is the spiritual home of the Brazilian game.

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It seems Romario must stop dreaming about World Cup.The dreamis over.He is unlucky because a player of his class should play more than only one World Cup...
 

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Scolari "public enemy number one": press report

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 7 (AFP)

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has been dubbed "public enemy number one" by a Brazilian newspaper for omitting 1994 World Cup star Romario from Brazil's World Cup squad.
The 36-year-old Vasco da Gama player, who was a hero in Brazil's fourth title-winning campaign in 1994, had hoped he would be included in Scolari's squad for the Korea and Japan showcase event which starts at the end of the month.
Tuesday's edition of The Jornal dos Sports reported Scolari was "public enemy number one," and he had "declared war on all Brazilian fans" for not having included Romario in the 23-man squad announced on Monday.
"Mr Scolari despises the opinions of fans," the paper said, sniping at Scolari for claiming to know better than 160 million Brazilian football supporters.
The Jornal dos Sports newspaper said once again Scolari had shown he was not fit to coach the Brazilian team at a World Cup by leaving out Romario which was the tone set in other publications.
However a poll of 8,525 people by television station GloboNews found that approximately 63 percent believed Brazil would win the World Cup.
The other notable absentee from Brazil's squad was Deportivo La Coruna's Djalminha, who hit the headlines last week after head-butting the Spanish club's coach Javier Irureta in training.
O Globo newspaper said the Brazilian squad was for "good boys", adding the headbutt had a major bearing on his omission.
Elsewhere there were few surprises in Monday's announcement, with Scolari sticking largely to the squad which played against Portugal in a friendly last month.
Barcelona star Rivaldo was named in attack despite a persistent knee injury and erratic form at international level, while Inter Milan's Ronaldo was also called up after a return to form and fitness.
Scolari added that there was as usual a great deal of pressure on the team to do well.
"I have an obligation to win the World Cup," he said.
"My son recently told me that winning is all that matters. It can only ever be like that because that's how Brazilians are with football. There is this obligation to win."
He added confidently the players had a real belief in themselves which would last throughout the May 31 to June 30 event after being asked what Brazilian supporters could hope for.


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Will Romario's Absence come back to haunt Scolari ????
 

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Romario silent on Scolari rejection

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) -

Brazilian striker Romario has remained silent 24 hours after being left out of his country's squad for the World Cup finals starting at the end of the month.

Romario, who scored five goals when he helped Brazil win their fourth world title in 1994, had been expected to comment on his omission on Tuesday after training with his club Vasco da Gama.

But he failed to turn up and his spokesman Fernando Santana said that he had gone to see a doctor about a pain in his back.

'His mood is better than I would have been expected,' said Santana. 'He is happy that he is fully fit and has been averaging 1.1 goals a game.'

Romario remains one of the world's most dangerous penalty area specialists at the age of 36 and Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has defied public opinion in refusing to pick him.

On Tuesday, one newspaper produced a huge photo of Scolari on its front page under the headline 'Brazil's public enemy number one.'

Romario's only appearance since Scolari took over 11 months ago was in the 1-0 defeat by Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier last July.

Since then, Scolari has blamed 'technical and tactical reasons' for Romario's absence but, in naming the squad on Monday, he also mentioned Romario's decision to drop out of last year's Copa America squad.

Romario asked not to be picked for the competition in Colombia claiming he needed to have an eye operation but shortly afterwards went on a tour to Mexico with Vasco.

This, according to the Brazilian media, enraged Scolari.

While Romario remained tight-lipped, Sporting Lisbon striker Mario Jardel was lamenting his absence after a season in which he has been in excellent goalscoring form for his club.

'This is the biggest disappointment of my career and the saddest moment of my life,' he was quoted as saying by the Estado News Agency. 'I was having a marvellous year, it's a shame.'

Jardel made his name under Scolari when he played in the Gremio team which won the South American Libertadores Cup in 1995.

But he has not been picked for Brazil since a dismal display in the Copa America when he was in the team which suffered an infamous quarter-final defeat at the hands of Honduras.

Jardel later blamed his performance on the fact he had just returned from injury and was still not match fit.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, May 10 (DS) Brazilian World Cup '94 star, Romario is still in shock that he was left out of Scolari's squad for the upcoming World Cup in Korea and Japan. It appears that the striker's exclusion may be related to his underhanded withdrawal from the squad for last year's Copa America. Romario withdrew because he had to undergo an eye operation. However, the Vasco de Gama player postponed the operation and instead went to Mexico for a club friendly. Scolari admitted last week that that had angered him immensely. Romario argued, "I can't believe that. Other players weren't there either, but have been selected now".

Romario has made no secret of the fact that he prefers enjoying nightlife than listening to Scolari's strict rules. When asked whether he would watch the World Cup, Romario replied, "It will be difficult to see the matches that begin at 3am. But the matches that begin at 6am will be alright, as I'll just have got home then".

Nightlife...sweet nightlife....althought i can't understand loosing a World Cup match to enjoy some more nightlife:eek:
 

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Rivaldo eases fitness fears as Brazilians trickle into Spain

BARCELONA, Spain, May 13 (AFP)

Barcelona star Rivaldo said he was fit and ready for action as Brazil's squad began arriving here Monday for a pre-World Cup training camp.
The fitness of the former world footballer of the year, who has had injuries to both knees this season, has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks.
Team officials last week insisted the Barcelona playmaker was fit for the World Cup, and Rivaldo brushed off fears here Monday as Brazil prepare to play a Catalonia XI later this week.
"I'm fit and feel in good shape," Rivaldo told an AFP reporter on arriving at Brazil's team hotel. "I'm ready to start training."
Brazil's players were given a two-and-a-half hour run-out on Monday after settling into a team hotel put under blanket security.
Inter Milan star Ronaldo was also among those training as coach Luiz Felipe Scolari put the four-time World Cup winners through their paces ahead of Saturday's match at the Nou Camp./p
Brazil, aiming to make up for their controversial 3-0 final defeat against hosts France four years ago, will be fine-tuning their preparations for first round matches against Turkey, China and Costa Rica.
Other players to arrive at the team hotel included AS Roma players Cafu and the tough-tackling Emerson.
Defender Cafu refused to answer questions to Brazil's notoriously tenacious football media but midfielder Emerson said he was "very happy and excited about playing in the World Cup."/p
Most of Scolari's 23-strong squad will be in Barcelona with Bayer Leverkusen's Lucio and Roberto Carlos of Real Madrid joining the party following Wednesday's Champions League final in Scotland.
Parma's Junior and AC Milan's Roque Junior will also shortly be linking up with their international teammates.
Keeper Dida and midfielder Vampeta, who are playing for Corinthians in the Brazil Cup final on Wednesday, will arrive in Spain the following day with Gremio keeper Anderson Polga and striker Luizao, who are tied up in Libertadores Cup quarter-final action the same night.

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Brazil to take no risks on Rivaldo

Brazil to take no risks on Rivaldo
BARCELONA, Spain, May 15 (AFP)
While Brazilian striker Rivaldo did some light training here ahead of their World Cup warm up match against Catalonia on Saturday, team doctors will run no risk with the Barcelona star.
"Saturday does not interest me. What does interest me is making sure Rivaldo makes the first phase of the World Cup and I can tell you for sure that he will," Brazil team doctor Jose Luis Runco told a press conference.
Rivaldo missed Barcelona's last five matches of the season with a knee injury but has only been under the treatment of the Brazilian doctor since May
In training Wednesday Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari paired Ronaldo and Edilson in attack while Real Betis man Denilson played on the left wing with Paris Saint Germain playmaker Ronaldinho in support.
Brazil, aiming to make up for their controversial 3-0 World Cup final defeat against France four years ago, are in Spain to fine-tune their preparations for first round matches against Turkey, China and Costa Rica.

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Brazil gain 5-0 victory over reserve team of Espanyol

BARCELONA, May 17 (DS) -

Brazil gained a 5-0 victory over the reserve team of Spanish first-division side Espanyol in a low-tempo training match Thursday at the Lluis Companys stadium.
Brazil forwards Edilson and Ronaldinho each scored two times, and Kaka netted once, even though the four-time World Cup winner failed to exert itself before a sprinkling of spectators at the venue which hosted the 1992 Olympic Games.
Lacking Real Madrid's Roberto Carlos, Bayer Leverkusen's Lucio, Gremio's Anderson Polga and Corinthians' Dida and Vampeta all yet to join the squad as well as Barcelona's injured star forward Rivaldo, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari utilized all his remaining 17 players during the encounter.
Scolari began the match with Inter's Ronaldo and Cruzeiro's Edilson in attack against the local side, which plays in Spain's regionally-organized third division.
Ronaldo, who returned to action two months ago after two right knee ligament operations, spurned a clear goal chance in the 13th minute.
Brazil eventually made their class tell in the 41st minute when Edilson crowned a flowing move to score the opening goal.
The half-time introductions of Kaka and the more experienced Juninho Paulista, who had two spells in Spain with Atletico de Madrid, livened up the pace a little although Ronaldo missed a second good opportunity in the 55th minute.
The second goal of the South American team came through Kaka in the 61st minute and, after Ronaldo had been substituted in the 70th minute, Ronaldinho headed his side's third.
The Paris Saint Germain player nodded in again 10 minutes later and Edilson netted the fifth in the dying moments as Espanyol finally caved in.
Brazil meets a Catalan representative side in an exhibition match on Saturday at Camp Nou stadium before going on to play Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur on May 25.
Scolari's players kick off the World Cup against Turkey in South Korea on June 3. Brazil also plays China and Costa Rica.

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Brazil team arrives in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, May 20 (AFP)


Brazil's World Cup squad flew into Kuala Lumpur on Monday for the final leg of their pre-tournament build-up, which includes a friendly against Malaysia here on May 25.
About 200 local fans, some waving banners, cheered loudly when they caught sight of star striker Ronaldo as the players arrived at their hotel, just south of Kuala Lumpur, under tight security.
The squad flew in overnight from Barcelona, where they had spent the previous week./p
With Ronaldo looking close to his best again after a long battle with injury, Brazil will head for South Korea on Sunday looking to eradicate the memory of a difficult qualifying campaign.
The squad is expected to train twice a day at their Malaysian camp. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was due to give a press conference later in the day.
The Brazil coach is expected to take advantage of his team's final friendly to assess the state of players including Real Madrid's Roberto Carlos and Bayer Leverkusen's Lucio, who were missing from the Barcelona session due to their teams' Champions League final.
Defender Lucio is recovering from a twisted ankle picked up in Leverkusen's defeat. The Brazilian had equalised for the German club in Glasgow but was injured in a tackle in the final minutes of the match.
Scolari arrives in Malaysia two weeks before the World Cup kickoff with his squad's confidence boosted by a run of five wins and a draw in six friendlies.
The Brazilians play their first match against Turkey on June 3 with their other Group C opponents China and Costa Rica.
The team are due to depart for Busan in South Korea on Sunday.

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Ronaldo Raring to Go Again

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) -

Four years ago, Ronaldo arrived at the World Cup burned out, over-exposed and with a billing which proved impossible to live up to.

Although the Brazilian striker scored four goals and produced a few brief flashes of his talent, the lasting memories were of his dazed, lethargic performance in the final.

This time, after virtually two years on the treatment table, expectations are lower, "the Phenomenon" is fresher and he is eager to send a message to anyone who doubted that he could be the same player again.

Recent performances for both Brazil and Inter Milan suggest that the 2002 World Cup has come at the perfect time for the injury-plagued striker.

Ronaldo finally appears to have overcome the two operations on his troublesome right knee and the muscular problems which followed, forcing him to miss most of the European season.

The latter could now prove a blessing as he reaches peak fitness at a time when his markers are likely to be jaded and weary after another long domestic season.

Ronaldo is not alone in hoping that Japan and South Korea can help him to rebuild a once glittering career.

PUBLICITY MACHINE

A huge, publicity and advertising machine is standing by in the wings, waiting to grind into action at the slightest hint of a Ronaldo resurgence.

At the peak of his career, the 1996-7 season with Barcelona, Ronaldo became one of the planet's most photographed personalities.

There was Ronaldo driving his new car, Ronaldo in Hong Kong, Ronaldo opening his new bar, Ronaldo taking a helicopter to go shopping during the Copa America.

Some said that fellow striker Romario, a self-styled "Bad Boy" with a well-known aversion to training and an equally well-known liking for a good night out, was leading him down the wrong path.

At the same time, Ronaldo was lending his name to a host of products in return for millions of dollars in sponsorship.

Brazilian commentators began wondering whether it was not all too much for a player who was only 21 at the time, and they appeared to get their answer at the World Cup final against France.

Hours before the game, Ronaldo had what his team mates described at the time as a "convulsive attack" at the team hotel and was rushed to hospital.

LETHARGIC SHADOW

Although he eventually played, Ronaldo was a lethargic shadow of the player who normally terrorized defenses and Brazilians were left to wonder why he had been fielded at all.

Since his injury nightmare, which began 15 months later, Ronaldo has clearly tried to tone down his lifestyle.

He ditched the Ferrari in which he once sped around Rio de Janeiro's racetrack for a more modest vehicle and tried to move in a more cultural direction by sponsoring a play.

While Romario continued with his Bohemian lifestyle, Ronaldo had married Milene -- a female footballer nicknamed "The Queen of the Keep-Ups" -- and was announcing the birth of their child Ronald.

Ronaldo, who comes from a poor suburb in the sprawling northern zone of Rio de Janeiro, has always remained close to his roots, though modesty has never been his strong point.

"I'm sure I'm going to take the World Cup by storm," he said after making his international comeback for Brazil in their friendly against Yugoslavia in March.

"I want to start slowly but I remain very ambitious. In my career I have always conquered everything I wanted. My objective is to be the best again, I know it might take time but I will do it."

Despite his recent attempts to preach family values, his reputation, and that of Brazilian players in general, continues to go before him.

His decision to return to Brazil in February to continue his battle to regain fitness was immediately greeted with suspicion in Italy, because it coincided with Rio de Janeiro's Carnival.

A furious Ronaldo retaliated by refusing to talk to the Italian media for the next two months -- though he did not do himself any favors by spending a night at Rio de Janeiro's "Sambadrome" as the guest of a local brewer.

He has been quick to get his advertising career back on track and began a campaign on behalf of a mobile phone company even before his playing comeback.

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Brazil boost as Rivaldo cleared to resume playing

KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 (AFP)

Brazil's prospects of lifting a 5th World Cup in Japan next month received a major boost on Tuesday when coach Luiz Felipe Scolari declared Rivaldo fit and ready to resume playing.
Scolari said the Barcelona playmaker had shaken off the injury to his right knee that had kept him out of action recently and would be ready to play against Malaysia in a friendly here on Saturday.
"There is no problem with his fitness level," Scolari said. "He is now being put through physical and technical training.
"He is training with the ball and slowly getting integrated with the team. He is in perfect condition," Scolari told reporters.
Rivaldo had been forced to sit out training when Brazil's squad assembled in Barcelona last week and missed the last five matches of the Spanish season. He has not played a competitive match in over a month.
Saturday's match against Malaysia will be Brazil's last before they open their World Cup campaign against Turkey on June 3. China and Costa Rica are also in their first round group.p
Scolari said Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos would feature alongside Rivaldo in the match with Malaysia.
The Brazilian coach said the team doctor had certified Rivaldo fit to play. "Who can comment about Rivaldo? It is the doctor, and he has declared Rivaldo fit. He is fit," Scolari added.
He said the main objective of the team in Malaysia was similar to when they were in Spain -- to prepare for the opening match with Turkey.
"We are not so much worried about the results against Malaysia."
Asked if the team was facing pressure to perform well in the World Cup, Scolari said: "We are not ready yet for the World Cup. When we reach Korea, we will be ready. If we show our quality, we will achieve our objective. We have to show results.
"If we cannot achieve our objective, we have to go home early."
Asked if two countries, South Korea and Japan hosting the World Cup posed a problem, he said: "The biggest problem is logistics and transport. It is a problem for all the teams to play in two different countries."
Brazil will fly to Busan in South Korea on Sunday.

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Brazil readies strike-fast campaign for World Cup

KUALA LUMPUR, May 23 (AFP)

Look for fireworks in the opening minutes of Brazil's World Cup games, technical director Antonio Lopez warned Thursday as he unveiled the side's "strike first and fast" plan.
"Brazil will try to score a goal immediately," Lopez said, setting a 15-minute guideline to be on the board.
The attacking play would not be at the expense of all defence, and Brazil "will have to ensure it does not take a goal in the first 15 minutes as it tries to score during that period."
Lopez dismissed talk that Brazil had an inherit weakness in defence.
"It was true in the 50s, 60s and 70s. It is no longer true now," he said.
Brazil arrived here Monday for the final leg of their pre-tournament build-up, a friendly against Malaysia Saturday.
They open their World Cup campaign against Turkey on June 3. China and Costa Rica are also in their first round group.
Lopez played down China as a threat, but said they had made considerable progress like other Asian sides in recent years.
"They have improved. They are in the same league with other strong Asian teams like South Korea, Japan, Iran and Kuwait," he said.

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Ronaldo Scores First International Goal in 3 Years

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -

Ronaldo scored his first international goal in three years Saturday as Brazil beat Malaysia 4-0 in its final match before the World Cup.

Ronaldo also set up the second goal for Juninho, who scored one minute after coming on as a substitute, before Denilson, with an individual goal, and Edilson completed the rout.

Although billed as a full international and watched by a crowd of around 40,000, the match effectively turned into a glorified training session as Brazil substituted its entire starting lineup in the second half.

Brazil, which opens its World Cup campaign against Turkey on June 3, will take heart from Ronaldo's goal and the fact that Rivaldo played his first game in a month after being plagued by a troublesome right knee.

The Barcelona forward played 63 fairly undistinguished minutes before being replaced by Edilson.

Ronaldo, whose last goal for Brazil was in the Copa America final against Uruguay in July 1999, finished off a move down the right when he slid the ball home in the 52nd minute.

Ronaldo also set up the second goal for Juninho eleven minutes later when he played a one-two which allowed the former Atletico Madrid and Middlesbrough player to run through the defense and place the ball beyond keeper Azmin Azram Abdul Aziz.

In the 73rd minute, Denilson burst away from the halfway line to score the third and Edilson made it 4-0 from close range five minutes later.

Ronaldo had threatened to break his duck in the first half but was thwarted three times by brilliant goalkeeping from Abdul Aziz.

Ronaldo's first effort came in the 20th minute when he shot on the turn from the edge of the area and saw his effort blocked by Abdul Aziz.

DENIED AGAIN

Six minutes later, the Inter Milan striker was denied again. Cafu pulled the ball back from the right and Ronaldo, near the penalty spot, hit the ball well but his effort was parried away by the goalkeeper.

He had his best chance in the 31st minute when he picked up a loose ball in the penalty area and dribbled past a defender only to see his shot blocked from close range.

Abdul Aziz also made two good saves to turn away headers by defender Lucio.

Brazil nearly went ahead in the second minute when a Ronaldinho corner was turned onto his own crossbar by Subri Sulong.

But after that ominous start, Malaysia, which has never come close to qualifying for the World Cup, put up a spirited first half display, even forcing a corner in the 35th minute, before being outclassed after the break.

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Rivaldo could face Brazil axe

Tuesday, 28 May, 2002


Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has admitted that one member of his midfield could be dropped for their opener against Turkey on Monday.
He refused to say which player it was who was underperforming but rumours suggested it could even be star playmaker Rivaldo.

"I have to give chances to others, and I may change one player," Scolari said.

It is unlikely to be Emerson of AS Roma, the team's captain and one of Scolari's trusted leaders.


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Nor is it likely to be Ronaldinho, Brazil's outsatnding player in recent games.

The other two midfield slots have been filled by Kleberson, of Brazil's national champions Atletico Paranaense, and Rivaldo.

Kleberson is not Scolari's first choice for the defensive midfield position previously held by Gerson, Falcao and Dunga.

The original starter was Gilberto Silva, who is now on the bench.

And in Tuesday's practice, Brazil practiced with Juninho Paulista in that position.

But there are doubts that the diminutive Juninho has the defense nous for the position.

If Scolari opts for a more naturally defensive midfield, he could go with veteran Vampeta in the position.

The Corinthians midfielder has the passing skills and the versatility to adapt to the task.

Which leaves Rivaldo, the 1999 FIFA Player of the Year, who has struggled on the national team.

Over the last two months he has also been sidelined by a knee problem, although Rivaldo has said he has now fully recovered.

"I feel recovered," said the Brazilian playmaker.

"If the coach calls me now I can play."


But at the end of Tuesday's practice, Scolari moved Rivaldo to the reserve team and gave the starting spot to Denilson, again outstanding in Brazil's recent games.

Scolari has admitted he is torn between giving Denilson a starting spot and using him coming off the bench.


For now, Scolari is not saying.

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"I have to test variations," he said. "When I need to change the team, they have to be ready."

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Brazilian captain Emerson out of World Cup

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ULSAN, South Korea, June 2 (AFP)

Brazilian captain Emerson is out of the World Cup after dislocating his shoulder in a training accident, team doctor Carlos Runco said Sunday.
"The shoulder is dislocated," said Runco. "This injury takes four weeks to recover so he will not be able to play any more in this World Cup."
He said Brazil had sent a request to football's world govering body FIFA for authorisation to call another player.
The inspirational AS Roma midfielder hurt his right shoulder as he took a turn as a goalkeeper at the Ulsan Munsu Stadium in training Sunday.
He was playing in goal during a two-touch training session when he dived to the right and remained on the ground.
He stayed down for a full five minutes, surrounded by his teammates, before he was helped up. He took no further part in the session.
Emerson later left for the team hotel with his arm in a sling.
"When Emerson fell we didn't immediately think it was serious, but he stayed on the floor and we knew something had happened," said defender Roberto Carlos.
Brazil's star midfielder Rivaldo, who supplied the shot that Emerson dive dfor, said Emerson's inexperience as a goalkeeper contributed to the injury.
"I shot on goal and I think Emerson had a problem because he is not a goalkeeper. He doesn't know how to fall on the floor, that's why he injured the shoulder," he said.
Brazil play Turkey here on Monday.

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EOFH Brazil-Turkey

The Brazilians playing Xactly as they did for the ENTIRE eliminations in S America....Horrible....Losing 0 x 1 vs the Turks !!!!

Can they revert this in the 2nd half ??? Yes, but their defensive lapses are no better than those shown by Saudi Arabia..And improvement is needed in a haste !!!!

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Brazil wins their 1st game.....2x1

They need to tune-up this Team its rusty and clumsy at best ....

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Brazil 4 China 0

2 Wins for Brazil, 6 points and just like that into the 2nd round with one game left to play in the 1st round.............Maybe this will have them play C Rica in a more relaxed way ???

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