Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Ronaldinho named captain against Chile

24 April 2013, 08:38

Brasília - Ronaldinho will captain Brazil in their friendly against Chile on Wednesday, moving into a strong position to confirm his spot in the Confederations Cup squad.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari reiterated his confidence in the two-time Fifa player of the year on Tuesday, picking him to lead the team in their final match before the Confederations Cup squad is announced.

Scolari has already said he will likely choose between Ronaldinho and Kaka for the World Cup warm-up tournament in June. Kaka will miss the Chile match because only players from Brazilian clubs were selected for the friendly, meaning Ronaldinho could secure his spot with a good performance in Belo Horizonte.

"He is so important that I chose to name him the team's captain again," Scolari said in a news conference. "I want to see the team captain to show attitude and leadership, and that's what I expect from Ronaldinho, that he plays up to his potential and that he leads this team."

The 33-year-old Ronaldinho captained Brazil in the team's 4-0 win over Bolivia in a friendly earlier this month, also when only players from Brazilian clubs were selected.

Ronaldinho made Scolari's squad for the friendly against England in February, the coach's first since resuming charge of the national team in December. The former Barcelona playmaker missed a penalty kick in the 2-1 loss at Wembley and was left out of the next two matches, against Italy and Russia.

Scolari said he also wanted to give a chance to Kaka, who was picked for the team which drew the Italy 2-2 and the Russia 1-1. The Real Madrid midfielder did not impress and received lackluster praise from Scolari.

"Ronaldinho has the advantage because he played against Bolivia and he will play again tomorrow (Wednesday)," Scolari said. "And he has been playing regularly, while Kaka is having more difficulties (getting time at Real Madrid)."

Ronaldinho, who was a starter in Scolari's team that won the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, has been thriving with Atletico Mineiro, which advanced to the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores, Latin America's most important club competition.

Scolari said he still has three spots open in the Confederations Cup team, with "two or three players" fighting for each one of them.

"The more I can observe the players, the better," he said. "It's possible that some of them will secure their spot tomorrow (Wednesday)."

The match will serve as a test event at the Mineirao, one of the six stadiums built or renovated for the Confederations Cup, which will be played from June 15-30. Local organisers will be present to observe all aspects related to the stadium, from crowd management to the quality of telecommunications.

The Confederations Cup is played among continental champions plus the World Cup winner and the host nation. Eight teams qualified: Brazil, Spain, Italy, Uruguay, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria and Tahiti. The tournament begins with Brazil facing Japan in Brasilia, the nation's capital.

Belo Horizonte will host three Confederations Cup matches, including one of the semifinals.

- Sapa - AP


Matic: This was the real Chelsea

24 October 2016, 21:02

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
4 ways to handle your cheating ma...

He is cheating. How do you handle him?

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Why do men choose second wives?

Why do men choose to have second wives?

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
Wizkid set for twin Kenyan shows

Wizkid is back in Kenya. For two shows.

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
Udada women's festival begins in ...

The Udada women's festival has arrived in Nairobi.

Submitted by
Uhuru pardons 2747 death row conv...

President Uhuru Kenyatta has pardoned a number of death row convicts, sending them to life sentences instead. Read more...

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
WATCH: Kaka Sungura arrested in t...

Was Kaka Sungura arrested in town?