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SAO PAULO---Veteran striker Robinho
was summoned by Brazil for the Copa
America, while an injured Oscar was left
out of the squad yesterday.
Neymar and defenders David Luiz and
Thiago Silva also were included in coach
Dunga s list for Brazil s first official com-
petition after the disappointing World Cup
elimination at home last year.
Brazil opens against Peru on June 14, then
plays Colombia on June 17, and Venezuela
on June 21 to close out the group stage of
the 12-nation tournament.
Robinho was in Dunga s team that won
the Copa America in 2007, and the coach
said he brought back the 31-year-old player
to take advantage of his experience. The
striker has been playing well since returning
to Brazilian football on a loan from AC
"Robinho knows his role in the national
team right now," Dunga said.
"He was called up because of his per-
formances with Santos, but also because of
the experience he can bring to the younger
players. Back then (in 2007), he was the
reference in the squad and had a brilliant
Robinho was the top scorer in the 2007
Copa America in Venezuela, and was voted
the tournament s most valuable player, lead-
ing Brazil to the title in Dunga s first stint
at the helm of the national team. He was
a starter for Dunga in the 2010 World Cup,
but did not make it to Luiz Felipe Scolari s
squad last year.
Oscar was expected to play in Chile but
Dunga said the playmaker was not expected
to fully recover from a muscle injury.
"He got injured in Chelsea s last practice
session, and after talking to the team we
found out that his recovery process will take
a little bit longer," Dunga said. "He would
not be fully fit for the Copa America."
Everton Ribeiro, who thrived with Brazilian
champion Cruzeiro before transferring to the United
Arab Emirates this year, will be Oscar s replacement
Porto midfielder Casemiro also was added to
Dunga s 23-player list, but the rest of the team is
virtually the same from recent victories in friendlies
against France and Chile.
Brazil has won all eight matches since Dunga took
over after the World Cup.
Brazil will play friendlies at home against Mexico
and Honduras before heading to Chile.
Brazil has won four of the last six Copa Americas.
Uruguay won the last tournament at home in 2011.
JERUSALEM---Israel s Football Association said
yesterday that Palestinians football officials are
"injecting politics into sports" by calling on Fifa to
suspend the Jewish state from world football.
The Palestinian proposal features in Fifa s published
agenda for its election congress on May 29.
Ofer Eini, president of Israel s FA, said his organ-
isation has done its best to assist Palestinian soccer,
but that many issues were beyond its control and
needed to be resolved at a political level.
He said the Palestinian proposal "is completely
contrary to Fifa s vision" and could set a dangerous
precedent for other countries involved in conflicts.
The Palestinians say Israel restricts movement of
players in the West Bank and Gaza. Israel has cited
security concerns, especially regarding movement in
and out of Gaza, ruled by the Islamic militant Hamas.
The Palestinian proposal is unlikely to succeed as
Fifa President Sepp Blatter said last month he opposed
the move, which needs three-quarters of votes to
pass if a ballot is allowed.
Fifa suspensions prevent a member s national and
club teams taking part in international matches and
meetings, and block Fifa funding. (AP)
politicising in Fifa call
Board of Control for
Cricket in India has
announced the national
team will tour
Bangladesh next month
to play their first Test in
more than five years.
The tour will start with
the Test at Fatullah from
June 10-14, followed by
three one-day interna-
tionals at Mirpur on June
18, 21, and 24.
There is a provision for
reserve days for the ODIs
since the series will be
during the monsoon sea-
India won a three-
match ODI series 2--0 in
Bangladesh last year.
India to tour Bangladesh
Robinho called up for Brazil's Copa America squad
Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Marcelo Grohe
(Gremio) Diego Alves (Valencia)
Defenders: David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain),
Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Thiago Silva
(Paris Saint-Germain), Miranda (Atletico Madrid),
Fabinho (Monaco), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis
(Chelsea), Danilo (Porto)
Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Fernandinho
(Manchester City), Elias (Corinthians), Casemiro
(Porto), Everton Ribeiro (Al Ahli), Roberto Firmino
(Hoffenheim), Willian (Chelsea), Douglas Costa
Forwards: Neymar (Barcelona), Philippe Coutinho
(Liverpool), Diego Tardelli (Shandong), Robinho
June 10-14: 1st
June 18: 1st ODI,
June 21: 2nd ODI,
June 24: 3rd ODI,
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