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RIO DE JANEIRO---Manchester
City midfielder Fernandinho was
the surprise pick in a provisional
Brazil squad for its final friendly
next month before the World Cup
squad is announced.
Neymar, Oscar, Ramires, Willian,
David Luiz, Thiago Silva and Hulk
made the list of foreign-based players
as expected, but former stars Kaka
and Robinho were left out by coach
Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Kaka hasn t played for Brazil since
March, but AC Milan teammate
Robinho made the team in Novem-
ber.Scolari also said that, closer to the
match, he would add a further three
or four players to the squad from
Bayern Munich s Rafinha also
came as a surprise selection for the
game against South Africa on March
5 at Soccer City Stadium in Johan-
"Fernandinho has been playing
pretty well in Manchester and has
been catching my attention,"Scolari
said. "It s an opportunity for him.
And Rafinha has been working pretty
well at Bayern Munich. Both players
have a history on the national youth
Scolari also said he needed to pre-
pare back-up players in case of
"I always have to take a look at
other players because, the way tour-
naments are being played, we can
never be sure that the players we
imagine will be called up will be in
their best condition when the (World
Cup) squad is announced."
Scolari also said he has been
scouting the Netherlands. If Brazil
advances from the group stage, it is
likely to meet World Cup champion
Spain or the Netherlands in the
round of 16.
Scolari decided to wait to
announce the players from Brazilian
clubs because many are not in top
Among the players nursing injuries
and trying to get in shape in the
beginning of the Brazilian season
was striker Fred, who was crucial
for Brazil at the Confederations Cup
last year. (AP)
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (QPR)
Defenders: David Luiz (Chelsea),
Dante (Bayern Munich), Thiago
Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Daniel
Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo (Real
Madrid), Rafinha (Bayern Munich).
Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo
(Manchester City), Ramires
(Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea).
Strikers: Hulk (Zenit), Bernard
(Shaktar Donetsk), Willian
(Chelsea), Neymar (Barcelona).
PARIS---Eden Hazard has committed his future
to Chelsea and sees it as the perfect club to help
him fulfill his potential.
The Belgium winger is one of the English Premier
League s best players, and his hat trick against New-
castle last weekend took his league tally to 12 goals.
Contracted to Chelsea until 2017, he was linked with
a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain during last
month s transfer window, but has no intention of
"It s never been a question of me leaving Chelsea.
I feel good in this club and I still have plenty of things
to do," the 23-year-old Hazard said an interview on
Tuesday with sports daily L Equipe. "It s flattering
to read that PSG are interested in me. But it doesn t
bother me. I know very well what I want to do, where
I m headed. No one will change my mind. My objec-
tive is to be the best with Chelsea."
He is confident that playing "alongside seasoned
pros like (Frank) Lampard, (John) Terry, (Peter) Cech,
(Samuel) Eto o" will help him to do that.
"They ve won so much. I draw inspiration from
them every day, it helps me to grow," he said. "That s
why I think my best years are still to come."
Hazard s eye-catching performance in the 1-0 win
away to title rival Manchester City last week saw
him widely praised.
"I still have to work on my consistency and my
efficiency, but I m improving year by year," the former
Lille player said. "I m in the ascendancy, it s down
to me to keep my feet on the ground and take things
to the next level."
Under coach Jose Mourinho, Chelsea plays with
one central striker, with Hazard cutting in from the
wing to offer support. (AP)
Chelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring the
second goal of the match during their English
Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and
Newcastle United in London, on Saturday. AP PHOTO
Scolari picks Fernandinho for Brazil friendly
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