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September 08, 2005

Parreira's Dilema

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Brazilian National coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, has a big dilema. He's in a hard time over the choice of players he will use for the World Cup as he has a group of super talented, world class strikers to choose from. While many coaches are having headaches on how to get quality strikers, Parreira has an embarrassment of riches.

How else could one describe a situation where a coach has to choose from the following five players: Ronaldo, Adriano, Ronaldinho, Kaka and Robinho! Who would sit on the bench? Who starts a game?
So far, coach Parreira has been spared having to make the decision.

Ronaldo made it for him by asking to be rested from the Confederations Cup in June, then Ronaldinho was suspended from last Sunday's 5 - 0 win over Chile.
The recent emergence of Robinho and Adriano as world class players has left Parreira in a quandary.
Usually seen as a somewhat unadventurous type, Parreira reshuffled his side earlier this year, and effectively fielded four strikers to accommodate as many of Brazil's world class forwards as possible.
Playing all five together -- the so-called Magic Quintet -- is not regarded feasible by Parreira, as it would leave the team too vulnerable at the back, although some commentators are suggesting he should give it a go.

Until Sunday, Adriano and Robinho would still have been favourites to sit out the start.
But, as at last year's Copa America, when he finished as top scorer with seven goals and this year's Confederations Cup, when he scored five, Adriano grabbed his chance with both hands by blasting a hat-trick.

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