No Surprises as Brazil Unveil Superstar Squad for World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira avoided any major surprises as the champions named their 23-man World Cup squad on Monday.

Sao Paulo captain Rogerio Ceni who has scored more than 50 goals from free kicks and penalties in his career won a place as a third-choice goalkeeper as Marcos the previous selection failed to regain fitness.

There was no place for central defender Roque Junior while Germany-based Gilberto won a spot as reserve to Roberto Carlos at left back.

Brazil are grouped with Croatia Australia and Japan at the finals in Germany which begin on June 9.

Goalkeepers: Dida (AC Milan) Julio Cesar (Inter Milan) Rogerio Ceni (Sao Paulo)

Defenders: Cafu (AC Milan) Cicinho (Real Madrid) Lucio (Bayern Munich) Juan (Bayer Leverkusen) Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid) Gilberto (Hertha Berlin) Cris (Olympique Lyon) Luisao (Benfica)

Midfielders: Edmilson (Barcelona) Juninho Pernambucano (Olympique Lyon) Emerson (Juventus) Ze Roberto (Bayern Munich) Gilberto Silva (Arsenal) Kaka (AC Milan) Ricardinho (Corinthians)

Forwards: Ronaldo (Real Madrid) Robinho (Real Madrid) Ronaldinho (Barcelona) Adriano (Inter Milan) Fred (Olympique Lyon).

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