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Dunga summons Kaka, Ronaldinho for friendly

Ronaldinho and Kaka will return to Brazil's national team for a friendly against Algeria on August 22 in Montpellier, France.

sports Updated: Aug 08, 2007 13:30 IST


Ronaldinho and Kaka will return to Brazil's national team for a friendly against Algeria at the end of the month in France.

Coach Dunga summoned the duo plus 20 others for the match on August 22 in Montpellier.

Kaka and Ronaldinho skipped the Copa America won by Brazil last month to take vacation following the European season.

"Our job is to do what is best for the national team. We need to summon the players who we feel are the best for the team," Dunga said.

Dunga made other four changes from the squad that won the South American championship in Venezuela, adding goalkeeper Julio Cesar, defender Lucio, midfielder Lucas and striker Rafael Sobis. Among those not called for the friendly were Helton, Alex, Gilberto Silva, Anderson, Afonso and Fred.

"We tried to maintain a base," Dunga said. "But the national team is open to everyone and all players will have a chance to return in the future. Those who were summoned need to take advantage of every minute to deserve another chance."

It will be Brazil's 12th friendly since Dunga replaced Carlos Alberto Parreira after the World Cup quarterfinal elimination in France.

Brazil has beaten Algeria in all three games between the two, including in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

"The Algerian team plays compact and uses speed on counterattacks," Dunga said. "But against Brazil they'll certainly play differently, as every team does."

The Brazilian soccer confederation also announced Brazil will play Mexico on September 12 in Boston. Brazil also may face Canada at a location and a date still to be determined.

Brazil and Mexico have played 30 times, with the Brazilians winning 18 matches and Mexico winning six, including their last two meetings: at the 2005 Confederations Cup and in the Copa America in June.

Since winning the Copa America last month, Brazil has turned its attention to World Cup qualifying that begins in October. Brazil will debut against Colombia and then will face Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay.

"We will play two friendlies in September before the qualifying matches, we have to take advantage of these opportunities and keep the national team active," supervisor Americo Faria said.


Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar, Doni.
Defenders: Alex Silva, Lucio, Juan, Naldo, Gilberto, Maicon, Daniel Alves, Kleber.
Midfielders: Josue, Diego, Elano, Mineiro, Kaka, Fernando, Ronaldinho, Julio Batista, Lucas.

First Published: Aug 08, 2007 13:02 IST