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August 18, 2006

Brazil will face Argentina with Ronaldinho and Kaka

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In a very expected statement, the Brazilian Football Federation announced the list of players who will participate in two friendly matches that Brazil will play in the UK on September 3, against classic rival Argentina, and on September 5, against Wales.

Indeed, comparing the list with the squad that tied 1-1 against Norway in Oslo, head coach Dunga included three new names: Milan's midfielder Kaka, Barcelona's midfielder Ronaldinho and forward Rafael Sobis.

As we know, Kaka, Sobis and Ronaldinho will replace three other players from the national team: Wagner, who plays for Brazil's Cruzeiro; Brazil's Vasco da Gamas midfielder Morais; and Jonatas, who has recently left Brazil's Flamengo to play for Spains Espanyol. In fact, Wagner, Morais and Jonatas were second-choice players in his strategy and did not play yesterday.

It's important to know that the choice for Sobis was an acknowledgement for his role in yesterday's Internacional winning of the Libertadores Cup title. The player netted twice in the first game of the finals against Sao Paulo.

Ronaldinho Gaucho and Kaka took part in World Cup 2006, when the team was still under the command of Carlos Alberto Parreira. However, Dunga did not include in the list some veterans of Parreira's team, such as Real Madrid's Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos, Cafu, Didi and Juninho.

We must mention that after their friendly matches in the UK, Brazil will also play against Kuwait, on October 7. They must confirm the date for those games.


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