Dunga announces team against Norway

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Ronaldo, Kaka and Ronaldinho were left off Brazil coach Dunga's 22-man squad Tuesday for the team's friendly against Norway later this month.

Rio De Janeiro:

Ronaldo, Kaka and Ronaldinho were left off Brazil coach Dunga's 22-man squad Tuesday for the team's friendly against Norway later this month. Dunga's first match in charge of Brazil is on August 16 in Oslo, Norway. Eight members of the squad - Robinho, Juan, Lucio, Luisao, Cicinho, Gilberto, Gilberto Silva and Fred - were at the World Cup in Germany, while 17 play in Europe and only five in Brazil. Last week, Dunga had said he would rely on players from Brazilian teams. Local players Dunga argued that he didn't pick more local players because Sao Paulo and Internacional a€" "currently the two best teams in the country" - are in the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores. "The Brazilian league also represented a logistical problem since several players would be unable to catch a flight on time,'' he added. Dunga said the eight World players would form the "base of the team for the game in Oslo.'' "I hope this base will provide the necessary experience and tranquility for the squad's new players to develop their game,'' said Dunga. Later, the Brazilian Soccer Confederation announced on its Web site that the team would meet Argentina in a friendly on September 2 in London at Arsenal's new stadium.

Topics : Football England India Norway Suresh Raina
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