World Cup 2014: Stars such as Philippe Coutinho, Sandro, Lucas Leiva and Kaka all left out of Luiz Felipe Scolari's Brazil squad
The 23-man squad for the tournament was announced today
Wednesday 07 May 2014
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari announced his World Cup squad on Wednesday without any major surprises, choosing most of the players who won last year's Confederations Cup.
Scolari's 23-name list includes 17 players who were in the team that won last year's warm-up tournament by beating world champion Spain in the final.
The team will mix talented young stars such as Neymar and Oscar with more experienced players such as Dani Alves, David Luiz, Thiago Silva and Hulk.
Left out of his squad, however, are the Premier League-based players Philippe Coutinho, Sandro and Lucas Leiva, but Chelsea's David Luiz, Ramires, Oscar and Willian, plus Manchester City's Fernandinho and Tottenham's Paulinho feature.
Past stars such as Ronaldinho, Kaka and Robinho were left off the squad as expected.
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atletico Mineiro)
Defenders: Marcelo (Real Madrid), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (AS Roma), Maxwell, Thiago Silva (both Paris St Germain), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Napoli)
Midfielders: Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur), Ramires, Willian, Oscar (all Chelsea), Hernanes (Inter Milan), Luiz Gustavo (VfL Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City),
Forwards: Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Neymar (Barcelona), Fred (Fluminense), Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg)
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