Ronaldinho, Kaka to lead Brazil in qualifiers

Updated: 30 September 2007 13:57 IST

Ronaldinho and Kaka will lead Brazil's revamped team when it debuts in the World Cup qualifying tournament next month.

Ronaldinho, Kaka to lead Brazil in qualifiers
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Sao Paulo:

Ronaldinho and Kaka will lead Brazil's revamped team when it debuts in the World Cup qualifying tournament next month.

The duo were among 22 players summoned by Brazil manager Dunga on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro for the team's first two qualifiers against Colombia and Ecuador.

Brazil will face Colombia on Oct 14 in Bogota, then will host the Ecuadoreans three days later at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Dunga made no changes to the roster he summoned for the friendly matches against the United States and Mexico earlier this month.

"This group has done its job," Dunga said in a news conference. "It knows how to rebound from adverse results and it copes well under pressure."

Only nine players from Dunga's current list were included in last year's World Cup roster in Germany, when the five-time world champion was eliminated by eventual runner-up France in
the quarterfinals. Among those, only Ronaldinho, Kaka and Gilberto Silva were starters.

Those not returning include Inter Milan's Adriano and AC Milan's Ronaldo, who is yet to be summoned by Dunga since the coach replaced Carlos Alberto Parreira following the World Cup.

The other players from Brazil's roster in Germany who were among those announced on Thursday are Julio Cesar, Juan, Lucio, Gilberto, Robinho and Mineiro.

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