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Baptista replaces Rivaldo for Ireland game

February 04, 2004 11:54 IST

Sevilla midfielder Julio Baptista was called up by Brazil for the first time on Tuesday for the friendly against Ireland in Dublin on February 18.

However, striker Rivaldo has been left out of the squad as he will be playing in the Libertadores Cup for his Brazilian club Cruzeiro.

Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira picked 20 European-based players and only two playing in Brazil -- World Cup-winning goalkeeper Marcos of Palmeiras and forward Luis Fabiano of Sao Paulo.

The absence of Rivaldo, the former world player of the year who recently returned to play in Brazil for the first time in seven years after being released by AC Milan, will disappoint Irish fans.

The squad does include midfielders Kaka of AC Milan and Kleberson of Manchester United, Barcelona forward Ronaldinho and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo.

The game in Dublin is part of Brazil's preparations for the World Cup qualifier against Paraguay on March 30.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Dida (AC Milan), Marcos (Palmeiras)

Defenders: Belletti (Villarreal), Cafu (AC Milan), Edmilson (Olympique Lyon), Juan (Bayer Leverkusen), Junior (Siena), Lucio (Bayer Leverkusen), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid), Roque Junior (Siena)

Midfielders: Emerson (AS Roma), Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), Kaka (AC Milan), Kleberson (Manchester United), Julio Baptista (Sevilla), Juninho Paulista (Middlesbrough), Juninho Pernambucano (Olympique Lyon), Ze Roberto (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Adriano (Inter Milan), Ronaldinho (Barcelona), Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Luis Fabiano (Sao Paulo)


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