Much will be expected of Dunga’s Brazilian side as they will look to clinch their sixth World
The biggest name missing from their team of all stars is Ronaldinho, even without him the Samba Kings they have more than enough to coast through the group stages. In goal they will have a reliable keeper in Julio Cesar who was pivotal in Inter’s treble winning season and has won nearly 50 caps for Brazil. He is capable of producing some outstanding saves which may be crucial towards the latter stages of the competition. Putting pressure on him will be Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes who has had an outstanding season and has come a long way from the error prone keeper of the 08/09 season. If that is not enough, Roma keeper Doni will also be in the ranks jostling for the starting place between the sticks. Cesar will certainly be the starting keeper come the start of the tournament.
Dunga has a host of defensive options available to him, expect his starting centre back pairing to be Inter’s Lucio and Roma’s Juan. Lucio like Julio Cesar was outstanding for Inter last season and is certainly in the top five central defenders in the world and will hope to follow many Brazilian’s in lifting the Jules Rimet trophy as captain. Juan can match Lucio’s reputation and is a perfect partner for him at the back. The full back positions are highly contested especially at right back where Dunga has two Champions League winners in Maicon and Dani Alves fighting it out for one spot. One may have to play at left back although that spot is also contested by Gilberto and Michel Bastos. So Dunga has a healthy selection headache on that front. Other options in the centre if injuries are sustained include Luisao and Thiago Silva who are both quality players.
Brazil have always boasted a fine vintage of midfield players and this year is no exception. Kaka although by his won admission had a poor season at Real Madrid will be out to reclaim his reputation as one of the finest players in the World. He will at heart of Brazil’s attacking moves expect him to feature anywhere across the midfield. Depending on the system played Kaka may feature out wide or may sit behind the striker/s depending on how Dunga sets up, Kaka’s versatility is a valuable asset for Dunga to have. Playing alongside Kaka will be Gilberto Silva who will play as the holding midfielder in the team and will look to give the ball as he did in his Arsenal days to the more creative players around him. Galatarsary’s Elano will also feature in the centre of midfield he showed in his days at Man City he can mix it with the best and is very reliable from set pieces especially penalties. Felipe Melo will also sit in front of the defence with Gilberto Silva and will to shut out teams offensive midfield players when in possession he will look to give the ball to Kaka, Elano and Robinho. Other options for Dunga are Josue, Ramires, the powerhouse that is Julio Baptista and Kleberson.
Up front Brazil have not many proven options, Luis Fabiano will lead the line probably by himself. He has a proven International record and is a handful for any defence and will be in the shake up for the golden boot. Robinho has been listed as a striker but may play off Fabiano with Kaka in a 4-3-3 system. He can at times be brilliant but at other times he can look distinctly average. Other attacking options for Brazil include Nilmar, Yahye and Julio Baptista can play up front if required.