Brazilian national team coach Dunga made the announcement of the 22-man squad that will take part in the first two matches of the CONMEBOL qualifiers for South Africa 2010 that will start on October 13th. The five-time world champions will make their debut at El Campín in Bogota when they face Colombia on the weekend of the 13th and then head home to host Ecuador at the historic Maracanã.
The only two domestic side players that he called up were São Paulo’s Alex Silva and Santos’ Kleber. There was also talk of him calling up legendary São Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni, but that did not happen. He did mention throughout the summer and in the past couple of weeks that he was planning on calling up the 34-year-old and possibly giving him a chance to earn the starting position.
Throughout the summer it was being talked throughout Brazil that Ceni should be the top selection in his position- over any of the European goalkeepers.
The verdeamarelha come in as prohibited favorites along with Argentina to take the top two places in this region and qualify for South Africa 2010. Dunga will call up a mostly European-based side that he used during this summer’s Copa América title run and will most likely rotate them in various positions as per his needs and matchup in these respective matches.
Doni (AS Roma- ITA)
Julio César (Inter-ITA)
Daniel Alves (Sevilla FC- ESP)
Juan (AS Roma- ITA)
Lucio (Bayer München-GER)
Alex Silva (São Paulo FC)
Gilberto (Hertha Berlin-GER)
Gilberto Silva (Arsenal-ENG)
Mineiro (Hertha Berlin-GER)
Kaká (AC Milan-ITA)
Diego (Werder Bremen- GER)
Elano (Manchester City-ENG)
Ronaldinho (FC Barcelona- ESP)
Robinho (Real Madrid- ESP)
Vagner Love (CSKA Moscow- RUS)
Julio Baptista (Real Madrid- ESP)
Afonso Alves (Heerenveen- NED)
Matchday 1 Oct. 13/14
Matchup City Venue
Peru – Paraguay Lima Estadio Nacional José Díaz
Colombia- Brazil Bogota Nemesio Camacho “El Campín”
Ecuador – Venezuela Quito Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
Uruguay – Bolivia Montevideo Estadio Centenario
Argentina – Chile Buenos Aires Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti “Monumental”
Paraguay- Uruguay Asunción Estadio Defensores del Chaco
Brazil – Ecuador Rio de Janeiro Estadio Maracanã
Bolivia- Colombia La Paz Estadio Hernando Siles
Venezuela – Ecuador Maracaibo Estadio “Pachencho” Romero
Chile- Peru Santiago Estadio Nacional
Times TBA. Venues are subject to change.