RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) â€” Former European footballer of the year Ronaldinho was on Monday recalled to Brazil’s squad by coach Carlos Dunga for a friendly international against Italy in London next month.
The 28-year-old striker, also the FIFA World Player of the Year in both 2004 and 2005, is part of a Europe-based squad also including his AC Milan team-mates, midfielder Kaka, striker Alexandre Pato and keeper Thiago Silva.
Manchester City’s Robinho and Inter Milan’s Adriano are also in the squad, adding to Dunga’s attacking options for the fixture at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium on February 10.
Dunga called up 25-year-old Fiorentina midfielder Felipe Melo for the first time after praising the player in recent performances.
Manchester United midfielder Anderson was also on Dunga’s list although just three days ago it was announced he would be out for three weeks with an ankle injury after being stretchered off in the League Cup semi-final win over Derby on January 20.
Brazil squad for friendly against Italy on February 10
Keepers: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan/ITA), Doni (AS Roma/ITA)
Defenders: Maicon (Inter Milan/ITA), Daniel Alves (Barcelona/ESP), Lucio (Bayern Munich/GER), Juan (AS Roma/ITA), Thiago Silva (AC Milan/ITA), Luisao (Benfica/POR), Marcelo (Real Madrid/ESP), Adriano Correia (Sevilla/ESP)
Midfielders: Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos/GRE), Josue (Wolfsburg/GER), Anderson (Manchester United/ENG), Felipe Melo (Fiorentina/ITA), Elano (Manchester City/ENG), Julio Baptista (AS Roma/ITA), Ronaldinho (AC Milan/ITA), Kaka (AC Milan/ITA)
Strikers: Alexandre Pato (AC Milan/ITA), Luis Fabiano (Sevilla/ESP), Adriano (Inter Milan/ITA), Robinho (Manchester City/ENG)
Archive for January, 2009
Panathinaikos played against Panthrakikos on January 13th, and Pana won 3-1. Gilberto scored the final goal of the game in the form of a header from a cross.
Watch the goal here: http://www.101greatgoals.com/videodisplay/1952525/
AEK Frustrate Panathinaikos In Derby Stalemate
It was another derby stalemate for Panathinaikos, this time held by Dusan Bajevic’s organized AEK outfit in the Greek capital…
Panathinaikos and AEK Athens played out a typical scoreless derby draw at the OAKA Spiros Louis Stadium on Sunday evening, as both sides allowed rivals Olympiakos to skip further away from them on the Greek Super League table.
Henk Ten Cateâ€™s team were the driving force behind what was a predominantly tense affair in the nationâ€™s capital, where former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva was guilty of two glaring misses in either half of the match.
For the visitors, Sotiris Kyrgiakos hit the post with a first-half header as Dusan Bajevicâ€™s men frustrated their opponents, continuing the managerâ€™s unbeaten run since taking over earlier in the season.
It was former Arsenal captain Gilberto Silva who missed a wonderful chance to score only his second competitive goal for his new club.
Salpiggidis initially combined well with Vaggelis Mantzios, hitting the by-line before cutting the ball back for the unmarked Silva in the box, who from barely six yards out contrived to somehow slide the ball wide of a virtually empty net.
Apart from that chance to the Brazilian, the home team were largely shackled by their Athenian rivals, who themselves werenâ€™t hesitating to commit bodies forward and maintain a constant threat from set pieces.
It was the pace of Greece international Dimitris Salpiggidis that again unlocked AEKâ€™s back-line, the winger cutting the ball back for Gilberto Silva in a carbon-copy of the Brazilianâ€™s chance in the first half.
Again though the veteran midfielderâ€™s finish was lacking, the 32 year-old firing well over the crossbar after arriving late into the penalty area.