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BARCELONA---Real Madrid s decision
to keep Iker Casillas on the bench will
not affect the goalkeeper s status on
the national team, Spain coach Vicente
del Bosque said yesterday.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti
chose Diego Lopez ahead of Casillas for
the team s opening Spanish league match
on Sunday. Before Ancelotti, former
Madrid coach Jose Mourinho had made
similar decisions regarding Casillas.
"I don t think there will be big
changes," Del Bosque said. "We are
happy with all three goalkeepers. It s
not a big deal if they are one, two, three
or even 10 games without playing."
Del Bosque, who played for and
coached Madrid, said he would not give
his opinion on a matter related to his
"I shouldn t talk about the situation
of the club. It s a very personal, very
particular situation," Del Bosque said.
"We have to evaluate it in each moment.
Iker is a singular and special name in
the world of Spanish football."
Del Bosque said that he would wait
to see which goalkeeper Ancelotti chose
for Madrid s next game at Granada on
Four days later, Del Bosque will
announce his squad for Spain s World
Cup qualifier against Finland on Sep-
tember 6. Spain leads its qualifying
group with 11 points, one more than
As team captain, Casillas has helped
Spain win the 2010 World Cup and the
last two European Championships. Del
Bosque picked Casillas as Spain s starter
at the Confederations Cup after Mour-
inho had reduced him to a back-up for
Spanish media and many of Madrid s
fans had taken it for granted that the
exit of Mourinho and the arrival of
Ancelotti would mean the return of
Casillas. But Ancelotti opted to keep
Lopez between the posts for Sunday s
2-1 win over Real Betis, leaving Casillas
in the dugout where he spent the second
half of last season both before and after
breaking a bone in his left hand.
After the game, the Italian coach said
he had only chosen Lopez to start the
season opener. But he didn t clarify if
the two goalkeepers would share starts
or if he was waiting to see which he
would choose as his first-choice
player.Barcelona s Victor Valdes, who
along with Casillas and Pepe Reina are
Spain s goalkeepers, said he was "sur-
prised" to still see Casillas tagged as
Madrid s No 2 goalkeeper. (AP)
Del Bosque not concerned
by Casillas' benching
SAO PAULO---World Cup veteran
right back Maicon and Chelsea mid-
fielder Ramires are back in Brazil s
squad for the friendlies against Aus-
tralia and Portugal in September.
Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari also picked
goalkeeper Julio Cesar even though the
player hasn t participated in an official
match since the Confederations Cup.
Maicon, newly signed by AS Roma,
was Brazil s starter in the 2010 World
Cup but had lost his spot in the national
team, while Ramires had been left out
of the Confederations Cup squad after
failing to report to the team on time
before a friendly.
Brazil will face Australia on Septem-
ber 7 in the capital of Brasilia and then
plays Portugal three days later in Boston.
Brazil is coming off a 1-0 loss to
Switzerland, a result that halted Brazil s
six-match winning streak and ended
its 11-match unbeaten run. Brazil hadn t
lost since a 2-1 result against England
in a friendly in London in February, a
match that marked Scolari s return to
the national team.
Scolari again picked the same squad
that won the Confederations Cup in
June. The starting 11 from the 3-0 vic-
tory against Spain in the final of the
World Cup warm-up tournament were
summoned, including strikers Neymar
and Fred, midfielder Oscar and defend-
ers Thiago Silva and David Luiz. The
newcomers are Paris Saint-Germain s
left back Maxwell and Palmeiras
Ronaldinho and Kaka again were left
out of the team.
Maicon played for Brazil in the 2011
Copa America but had never been
picked by Scolari since the coach took
over the squad.
"The information we have is that he
is doing very well and is in good con-
dition," Scolari said. "We picked Maicon
for these friendlies so we can take a
close look at him and to see if we can
keep him in the squad from now on."
Scolari said he is satisfied with his
current starting right back, Barcelona s
Daniel Alves, but feels that it s important
to have another experienced player like
Maicon in the team.
"I had been watching Maicon since
the time he was playing for Manchester
City," Scolari said. "By bringing him,
we are looking to add even more expe-
rience to the squad."
Ramires return to the team came as
a surprise after Scolari left the mid-
fielder out of the Confederations Cup
Maicon, Ramires back in
Brazil team for friendlies
because of his failure to show up in time for a friendly
against Russia in March, just before the World Cup
"He has been playing and we have been watching
him," Scolari said. "He will have a chance to be with
us again. The national team has to come first."
Brazilian football federation president Jose Maria
Marin had told local media recently that he didn t
think Ramires should be summoned to the national
Many expected Julio Cesar to be left out of the
team after Scolari warned the goalkeeper that he
would only summon players who were in action with
their clubs. Julio Cesar has been trying to transfer
from Queen Park Rangers since the club was relegated
in England, but so far he hasn t been able to reach
a deal with another team.
"We talked to Julio Cesar and his situation appears
to have been solved," Scolari said. "He will probably
be staying with his club and will be fighting for a
starting position there. We have always had a lot of
confidence in the goalkeeper." (AP)
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Queens Park
Rangers), Jefferson (Botafogo).
Defenders: Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-
Germain), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante
(Bayern Munich), Henrique (Palmeiras),
Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (AS
Roma), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell
Midfielders: Fernando (Shakhtar
Donetsk), Hernanes (Lazio), Luiz Gustavo
(Bayern Munich), Paulinho (Tottenham),
Oscar (Chelsea), Ramires (Chelsea),
Lucas (Paris Saint Germain).
Strikers: Hulk (Zenit), Bernard
(Atletico Mineiro), Fred (Fluminense),
Neymar (Barcelona), Jo (Atletico
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