The provisional Brazilian squad for the World Cup has just been named and as expected, many of football's biggest names have been omitted, as well as up and coming stars.
In terms of the internationally known, former World Player's of the Year Ronaldinho and Kaka have yet again been overlooked. Considering Kaka's fall from grace over the last few years and Milan's malaise, it is not a surprise he has missed out. At the age of 32 and with his last cap in 2013, Kaka is highly unlikely to add to his 87 caps and 29 goals.
However, Ronaldinho's omission is a tad surprising. Since leaving AC Milan he has been bang in form and was a major in why Atletico Mineiro won the Campeonato Mineiro and Copa Libertadores double in 2013. He was even named captain in his last cap for Brazil against Chile in April 2013. However, as shown in the past, Scolari is not afraid to kick out the big guns. Kaka and Ronaldinho were major beneficiaries when Scolari decided against choosing Romario and Elber in the 2002 World Cup. Furthermore, Ronaldinho whilst in good form is still not a patch on the Ronaldinho of Barcelona, as such his form is prone to wild fluctuations. Given he was never going to play a big part in the World Cup it is understandable he is not going to be picked.
Nonetheless, given both Kaka and Ronaldinho were winners in 2002 with Scolari and have won virtually everything the game can offer, I cannot imagine they would be too angry.
Consequentially, the biggest surprises would be the omission of the Atletico Madrid defenders Filipe Luis(arguably the best left back in the world) and center back Miranda. Whilst Luis played a peripheral role in Brazil's Confederations Cup victory, Miranda was not even involved. As this article puts it: Brazil's spirit is their most important quality and unfortunately, the Atletico Madrid duo contributed very little to it.
So without further ado, here is the provisional 30 man squad:
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC, on loan from QPR), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atletico Mineiro)
Defenders: Marcelo (Real Madrid), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (AS Roma), Maxwell and Thiago Silva (both Paris St-Germain), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Napoli).
Midfielders: Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur), Ramires (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Hernanes (Inter Milan), Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City),
Forwards: Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Neymar (Barcelona), Fred (Fluminense), Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg).
Brazil have until the 2nd of June to pick their final 23 man squad and have a friendlies against Panama the day after before facing Serbia to conclude their preparation.
Brazil are in Group A and will face Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon in what could be a tricky group.