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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Brazilian dilemma: Too many good players

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Brazilian coach Carlos Alberto Parreira talked to the press to mention that he has 40 players to choose from when making his 23-man squad for next year's World Cup in Germany.

"It will be really difficult" Parreira told the TV. "Some coaches have difficulties to find 23 good players. However, I have 3 500 players to select, and unfortunately some of them will have to be left out." Parreira said Brazil always has enough talented players, but his biggest challenge is to achieve balance.

"The most relevant thing is to have a balanced group," Parreira noticed. "We must be prepared for injuries and suspensions during the Cup."

The inclusion of Ronaldinho Gaucho, Kaka, Cafu, Robinho, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo is guaranteed, but Parreira stressed that there are several spots still available.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Sven-Goran Eriksson word about English Team

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England Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson admited that he feared the English Team would fail to qualify for the World Cup after the humiliating defeat against Denmark.

England lost 4-1 in a friendly match in Copenhagen in August and the manager admits he was worried the team might not make the trip to Germany if they did not improve.

Eriksson said: "We had a lot of players out of form and I stuck with them anyhow - right or wrong I don't know.

"We were worried as well that going on playing thinking that we may not qualify for the World Cup."

However, Eriksson thinks valuable lessons came up during the difficult days of the campaign, which included defeat against Northern Ireland.