World soccer power Brazil, owner of five World Cup titles, may leave for South Africa without one of the world's most recognizeable players, Ronaldinho.
Though most everyone agrees Ronaldinho is on the downslope of his career at AC Milan, he can still make defenders look silly from time to time. Some thought he'd be included on Brazil's roster, even if it was just for show. Head coach Dunga, however, thought otherwise.
Dunga, a former national team member, left Ronaldinho and striker Adriano off his 23-man roster. Although many teams are naming larger squads on today's deadline for submitting a 30-man provisional team, Dunga decided to name his 23 and follow up with a list of seven alternates. Ronaldinho -- the 2004 and 2005 FIFA Player of the Year -- is still eligible to be a replacement player in case of injury.
The full roster:
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan, Italy), Doni (AS Roma, Italy), Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham, England)
Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona, Spain), Juan (AS Roma, Italy), Maicon (Inter Milan, Italy), Michel Bastos (Lyon, France), Gilberto (Cruzeiro), Lucio (Inter Milan, Italy), Luisao (Benfica, Portugal), Thiago Silva (AC Milan, Italy)
Midfielders: Elano (Galatasaray, Turkey), Felipe Melo (Juventus, Brazil), Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos, Greece), Josue (Wolfsburg, Germany), Julio Baptista (AS Roma, Italy), Kaka (Real Madrid, Spain), Kleberson (Flamengo), Ramires (Benfica, Portugal)
Forwards: Grafite (Wolfsburg, Germany), Luis Fabiano (Sevilla, Spain), Nilmar (Villarreal, Spain), Robinho (Santos)