Scolari keeps the faith
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has announced his World Cup squad without too many major surprises, choosing most of the players who won last year's Confederations Cup.
Scolari's 23-name list includes 16 who were in the team that won last year's warm-up tournament by beating world champions Spain in the final.
The team will mix talented young stars such as Neymar and Oscar with experienced players such as Dani Alves, David Luiz, Thiago Silva and Hulk.
The squad announcement was a high-profile event in Brazil, with television stations broadcasting it live. More than 700 journalists were present for the event at a traditional concert house in Rio de Janeiro.
Kaka and Robinho – the stars at the 2010 World Cup – still had hopes of playing in the tournament at home but were left off the list, as were former AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato and 34-year-old Ronaldinho, the 2002 World champion who missed out on his chance of making it to one last World Cup.
Brazil World Cup Squad – Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atletico Mineiro). Defenders: David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Henrique (Napoli), Maicon (Roma), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell (Paris Saint-Germain). Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Paulinho (Tottenham), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Hernanes (Inter Milan). Strikers: Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Neymar (Barcelona), Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Fred (Fluminense).