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Dunga drops Ronaldinho from Brazil squad
by Paul Kennedy, May 22nd, 2009 7AM

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[CONFEDERATIONS CUP]
  Ronaldinho won't be playing in next month's Confederations Cup. Nor will Ronaldo. But Brazil coach Dunga found room for three uncapped  players who will part of the 23-player squad for World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay and the Confederations Cup in South Africa.

Despite the omission of Ronaldinho, who played for the national team as recently as March, Dunga called him a "special player."

"I'm going to do everything possible to help him recover," he said. "I have confidence in him, he's a special player. He's having a bad time but I hope he can get over this."

Ronaldinho, who starred on Brazil's 2002 and 2006 World Cup teams, has been confined to a secondary role at AC Milan. Two Milan teammates -- Kaka and Pato Alexandre -- are headed to South Africa, though.

Ronaldo, a member of Brazil's last four World Cups, is trying to regain his form at Corinthians.

"We want to see the Ronaldo that we all know," said Dunga. "But he's going to have to prove with his club that he's ready to be called up."

Dunga included Gremio goalkeeper Victor, defender Andre Santos and midfielder Ramires, all uncapped and part of a group of five Brazilian-based players included in the team.

Brazil Roster:
Goalies: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham), Victor (Gremio).
Defenders: Maicon (Inter Milan), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Kleber (Internacional), Andre Santos (Corinthians), Alex (Chelsea), Juan (Roma), Lucio (Bayern Munich), Luisao (Benfica).
Midfielders: Anderson (Manchester United), Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos), Josue (Wolfsburg), Ramires (Cruzeiro), Elano (Manchester City), Felipe Melo (Fiorentina), Julio Baptista (Roma), Kaka (AC Milan).
Forwards: Alexandre Pato (AC Milan), Luis Fabiano (Sevilla), Nilmar (Internacional), Robinho (Manchester City).



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