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2010 FIFA World Cup: Kaká, Robinho, and Elano Are Back. Chile Beware!

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 24:  Kaka gives the thumbs up to some local kids during the Brazil training session at the Princess Magogo Stadium on June 24, 2010 in Durban, South Africa. Brazil will play their last 2010 FIFA World Cup Group G match against Portugal on 25th June at the Moses Mabidha Stadium, Durban.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Gil BragaContributor IIJune 26, 2010

After being sent off in the match against Ivory Coast, the Brazilian playmaker Kaká is ready to come back on the pitch for Monday's clash against Chile. Kaká said in a press conference that this time off was also good for him to take care of his groin injury.

Elano and Robinho—two other key players in Coach Dunga's strategy—will also return. Elano missed the match against Portugal after picking up an ankle injury against Ivory Coast and Robinho was left out to rest his sore muscles.

The trio will be back on Monday to play against the Chileans. By the way, La Roja doesn't have good memories playing against Brazil under Dunga's command. The teams have met on five occasions and Brazil won all of them without too many problems.

It started with a friendly match in 2007 when Brazil comfortably won 4-0. Ronaldinho Gaúcho scored twice and Kaká and Juan also left their mark.

Also in 2007, Chile and Brazil played each other twice during the competition played in Venezuela. In the group stage Robinho had a hat-trick and Julio Cesar a clean sheet. It was an unquestionable 3-0 win for the Brazilians.

The two nations met again in the quarter-finals of the competition and Brazil schooled Chile with a mind-blowing exhibition. Robinho put his name in the score board twice with Josué, Julio Baptista, Juan, and Vagner Love completing the humiliating 6-1 win.

The World Cup qualifiers came and Chile's performance against Brazil continued to be disastrous. The first match happened in 2008 in Santiago, Chile but it was on September 7—Brazil's Independence Day. Luis Fabiano started the celebrations, Robinho brought the music (Samba, of course), and Luis Fabiano did it one more time to give the party its final numbers: 3-0.

About a year later, on September 9, 2009 the green and yellow party happened on Brazilian soil. This time it was Nilmar who scored a hat-trick. Julio Baptista also scored for a 4-2 win.

So, in the five most recent matches between Brazil and Chile the five-time world champions outscored La Roja 20-3. Robinho himself found the net six times.

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