FIFA World Cup

2010 World Cup: Ronaldinho, Adriano Left Off Dunga's Brazil Roster

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 04:  Brazilian coach Dunga speaks after the Final Draw for the FIFA World Cup 2010 December 4, 2009 at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Glenn McBrideContributor IMay 11, 2010

Yesterday, we looked at the questions heading into the announcement of Brazil's World Cup 2010 squad.

Today, Dunga answered, but did not clear any of the controversies. If anything can be taken away from the final team, it is that the Brazilian Coach is doing things his own way.

With this strategy comes great pressure. Any early failings will certainly be traced right back to the head man behind the Selecao.

Without further speculation:


Expected: Julio Cesar, Heurelho Gomes, Alexander Doni
Named: Julio Cesar, Heurelho Gomes, Alexander Doni


Expected: Daniel Alves, Maicon, Lucio, Juan, Luisao, Thiago Silva, Durval, Michael Bastos, Maxwell (injured)
Named: Daniel Alves, Maicon, Lucio, Juan, Luisao, Thiago Silva, Michael Bastos, Gilberto


Expected: Kaka, Gilberto Silva, Ramires, Felipe Melo, Josue, Kleberson, Elano, Julio Baptista, Ronaldinho
Named: Kaka, Gilberto Silva, Ramires, Felipe Melo, Josue, Kleberson, Elano, Julio Baptista


Expected: Luis Fabiano, Robinho, Adriano, Nilmar
Named: Luis Fabiano, Robinho, Grafite, Nilmar

Important Snubs

Ronaldinho: This will be the story for the next month for the Brazilian media to jump all over. Dunga has formed his stance and believes that Felipe Melo is more of an asset to the team than the former FIFA Player of the Year. Only time will tell.

Adriano: Some may have seen this coming, with Adriano's current form being below where it should be. Personally, I thought Dunga would have a spot up front to waste on a veteran like Adriano.

Neymar & Pato: Two exciting options that were left off the squad. Either man would have been a breath of fresh air for this team. More than the problems with leaving off the superstars, these burgeoning stars arguably should have been certain picks.

Ronaldo & Roberto Carlos: Both of these Brazilian legends had an outside shot. Both men are on the outside looking in with their national team careers ended.

Final Take

The Brazilians will be a strong contender with the lineup. Dunga could have gone with a more veteran-laden team or he could have gone with a youthful experiment.  Instead he almost rode down the middle.

Expect this squad to be poised to be able to win any game in South Africa. In perspective, it does not seem to be one of the strongest World Cup sides the Brazilians have fielded.

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