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Scolari ignores Kaká and Philippe Coutinho for World Cup

Scolari ignores Kaká and Philippe Coutinho for World Cup

Posted by Juan Gavasa on May 07, 2014

A host of big names including Kaká and Philippe Coutinho have been left out of Brazil's World Cup squad, with coach Luiz Felipe Scolari opting for most of the players who won last year's Confderations Cup on home soil.

Striker Alexandre Pato, Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura, Liverpool's Lucas Leiva and 2002 World Cup winner Ronaldinho were also among the absentees. A total of six Premier League players – Tottenham's Paulinho, Manchester City's Fernandinho and Chelsea quartet Oscar, David Luiz, Willian and Ramires are included in the squad.

Scolari's 23-name list includes 17 players who were in the team that won last year's warm-up tournament by beating world champions Spain in the final.

Napoli defender Henrique was the only surprise inclusion in the squad, which will be aiming to win the title for a record sixth time. Henrique, who has played just 71 minutes at international level but worked under Scolari at Palmeiras, won out over Atlético Madrid's in-form defender Miranda and PSG's youngster Marquinhos for the spot as fourth central defender.

Scolari has guided Brazil victories in 13 of their last 14 matches and they are favourites to win the first World Cup to be played in Brazil since 1950.

The players will meet up on 26 May in Rio de Janeiro and play two friendlies against Panama and Serbia before opening their World Cup campaign against Croatia in São Paulo on June 12. Brazil will also face Mexico and Cameroon in Group A.

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