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By DAN KARELL
Major League Soccer will officially be represented in Brazil’s squad at the World Cup.
On Wednesday morning, Brazilian National Team head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari announced his 23-man roster for this summer’s tournament, with Toronto FC goalkeeper Julio Cesar making the squad as expected.
Brazil’s stacked squad includes four players at Chelsea (Ramires, Oscar, Willian, and David Luis), Neymar and Dani Alves from Barcelona, and Thiago Silva and Maxwell from Paris Saint-Germain. Scolari made a couple of interesting decisions as well, taking Manchester City’s Fernandinho over Liverpool’s Lucas and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Bernard over PSG’s Lucas Moura.
The selection marks the end of an era for players such as Robinho, Kaka, and Ronaldinho, who were left off the squad and likely won’t have a chance to play for Brazil in the next World Cup.
Here’s a closer look at Brazil’s World Cup squad:
GOALKEEPERS: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atlético Mineiro)
DEFENDERS: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Roma), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell (PSG), Thiago Silva (PSG), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Napoli)
MIDFIELDERS: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Hernanes (Inter Milan), Paulinho (Tottenham), Ramires (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Willian (Chelsea)
FORWARDS: Hulk (Zenit), Neymar (Barcelona), Fred (Fluminense), Jô (Atlético Mineiro), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk)
What do you think of this squad? Do you see Brazil steamrolling all of their opponents? Excited to see Cesar represent MLS at the World Cup?
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