2014 World Cup: Brazil announce final 23-man squad without Kaka, Robinho & Ronaldinho

Luiz Felipe Scolari has named the 23 players he hopes will guide Brazil to World Cup glory on home soil this summer.

Luiz Felipe Scolari has named the 23 players he hopes will guide Brazil to World Cup glory on home soil this summer.

Luiz Felipe Scolari has swiftly named his final named the 23 players he hopes will guide Brazil to World Cup glory on home soil this summer and axed some of the country’s talented players Kaka, Robinho and Ronaldinho from the squad.

Even though FIFA requires team to submit a provisional 30-man squad by 13 May, Scolari has decided to name a 23-man squad without any controversies.

His squad includes six Premier League players: Chelsea quartet Ramires, David Luiz, Willian and Oscar, plus Paulinho of Tottenham and Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho.

The surprise names in Scolari’s selection are Hernanes and Henrique, with Miranda and Lucas Moura among the disappointed parties.

There are seven changes to the side that won the Confederations Cup last summer, with Jádson, Diego Cavalieri and Filipe Luís three of those to be overlooked.

Alexandre Pato, Kaká, Ronaldinho, Lucas Leiva and are some of the other high-profile names to miss out.

Brazil begin their World Cup campaign against Croatia on June 12, before facing Mexico and Cameroon.

Announced in front of a mind-blowing 700 members of the press in Rio this afternoon, here’s the panel picked to do the business in their home country.

The squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Júlio César (Toronto FC), Jéfferson (Botafogo), Victor (Grêmio)

Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Roma), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell (Paris Saint-Germain), David Luiz (Chelsea), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Napoli)

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Paulinho (Tottenham), Ramires (Chelsea), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Oscar (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Hernanes (Internazionale), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Forwards: Fred (Fluminense), Neymar (Barcelona), Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg), Jô (Atlético Mineiro)

READERS COMMENTS

  1. banger says:

    I REALLY HOPE AA IS READING THIS ARTICLE.WE REALLY DNT NEED OLD BEAT UP PLAYERS WHO CNT EVEN RUN.
    J MENSAH AND VORSAH AND ALL THOSE NON FITT PLAYERS HAS TO BE LEFT BEHIND.THIS IS THE WORLD STAGE AND AA NEED TO THINK BY HIMSELF AND
    NOT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE WILL SAY.WE REALLY HAV TO TAKE ACTIVE PLAYERS.DAUDA HAVE TO BE LEFT OUT TOO.

    • askantwi says:

      Kaka, Essien and Muntari are in the same club, AC Milan. Kaka gets to start games regularly unlike Essien and Muntari. Muntari usually starts from the bench while Essien is confined to the bench. We all see how Kaka score goals and does well when he plays. Yet he did not make the Brazil World Cup squad. Ghana can’t do without Essien and Muntari, the bench warmers, and we expect to win the world cup? If Kaka didn’t make it, why should we consider Essien and Muntari? They should be dropped. The so called experience will not win matches for us. Youth, fitness, talent and skill, as well as tenacity are far better tha experience that the washed up old folks possess. Akwasi Appiah should be realistic and brave to do what is right.

      • spellBOUND says:

        askantwi, i typically agree with u, but for this one de3, i cannot. so because someone jumped off a building, we should follow suit? bear in mind that the majority of the players called by Brazil are the same ones that won Scolari the confederations cup a few months ago. so why would he mess with a good thing by bringing in the kaka’s and ronaldinho’s? secondly, as i have already stated, brazil won the confederations with this same squad. Ghana has not won anything when the muntari’s and essien’s are absent. granted they were not a big part of the qualifying campaign, still their experience will be highly valued. i’m all for restructuring the team after 2014 to bring in the Chibsah’s, Assifuahs of the world, and groom them for 2015 and 2018, but for this world cup, dropping some veterans just to bring in some youth would not be wise.

  2. ras nick says:

    Well said banger, no need to take unfit players, as much as I, ll like to see the likes of john and vorsah, essien, duada but this guys will not help ghana in brazil.

  3. cool says:

    If these high profile players were Ghanaian, they will be selected ahead of the youth. It is about time we change our mindset and be bold with our decision making

  4. Benito says:

    Dr. appiah,I hope you’re listening,you claim not to watch tv or listen to radio which I don’t believe because we are in the information age and you cannot afford to be naive and refuse to acquire information especially when occupying a post like as a national coach,only players who are FIT,FIT,FIT.names don’t win tournaments.

  5. paapa1 says:

    @ras, u are right man,aa need some seriousness in him,here in brasil, football is not about name, but itis about ur performance

  6. Oppong says:

    We need experienced players like Mensah and Vorsah to stabilize the squad.

  7. anokwale says:

    The fowards are strong on this team. I wish Ghana had those type of strikers.

  8. Boro says:

    Yes this is a coach who mean business. Kaka especially has been in the first team ever since he came back to AC milan but this coach knows what time it is and looking for Young talented players who can run the full 90 mins and are playing top level football unlike Ghana where people are calling for like John mensah who apart from being professinally injury prone, he is old, may be 45 yrs and playing somewhere in Kosovo? who can run because those people think he can organise our défense. Then what is the job of the coach? Sometimes i wonder if we are serious as à country at all. In my opinion guys like John mensah and vorsah should not even come to mind at all.

  9. spellBOUND says:

    no surprise there. Scolari is sticking to the team that won him the confederations cup..

  10. Kuukuphilly says:

    Brazil will fall anyway

  11. Emeka says:

    For me i do not believe in this squad proper….But pipo shud watch out for Ghana black stars no size……

  12. Darweesh says:

    Kuuku, Brazil all the way even without Kaka, Robinho, Ronaldinho and Pato. I have great respect for Scholari, but disagree with him ito leave out Kaka & Ronaldinho period. They will still win though…