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SAO PAULO---Striker Fred has
been added to Brazil s squad for
its last friendly before the World
Cup team is announced, and
Ronaldinho remains unwanted.
Striker Jo and goalkeeper Jef-
ferson also were called up yes-
terday for the game against South
Africa on March 5 at Soccer City
The 33-year-old Ronaldinho s
chances of making the World
Cup are dwindling. Coach Luiz
Felipe Scolari is expected to
announce the team on May 7.
Brazil should play two more
friendlies after the match against
"It will be an important test,
against a team which recently
beat Spain, and a good time to
talk to the players and the coaches
about the planning for the (World
Cup)," Scolari said.
Ronaldinho, who was in Sco-
lari s team when Brazil won the
2002 World Cup in South Korea
and Japan, was picked by the
coach right after he returned to
the helm late in 2012. But the
Atletico Mineiro playmaker was
left off the Confederations Cup
team last year and received few
chances after that.
Fred has been a regular in Sco-
lari s team but there were doubts
whether he would be called up
because of recent muscle injuries.
The Fluminense striker was cru-
cial for Brazil when the five-time
world champions won the Con-
For the South Africa friendly,
Scolari had already picked 16
players from overseas teams, but
decided to wait until yesterday
to announce the players from
Brazilian clubs because many
were not in top form yet.
Scolari said last week every-
thing was going Brazil s way
heading into the World Cup and
there was no reason not to think
the hosts can be successful.
"We have everything that
allows us to be the best team,"
he said. "That s why I fully trust
that we can make it to the final
and be the champion." (AP)
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar
(Toronto), Jefferson (Botafogo).
Defenders: David Luiz (Chelsea),
Dante (Bayern Munich), Thiago
Silva (Paris Saint-Germain),
Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo
(Real Madrid), Rafinha (Bayern
Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo
(Manchester City), Ramires
(Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea).
Strikers: Hulk (Zenit St.
Petersburg), Bernard (Shakhtar
Donetsk), Willian (Chelsea),
Neymar (Barcelona), Jo (Atletico
Mineiro), Fred (Fluminense).
13.55 million euros (US$18.6 mil-
lion) to Spanish tax authorities
yesterday to cover any potential
irregularities in its signing of Ney-
mar, all the while maintaining its
innocence of the fraud charges
levied against it.
The Spanish champion said in
a statement it had paid the "com-
plimentary" amount to cover any
"eventual interpretations that could
come out of the contracts signed
relating to the transfer of Neymar.
Meanwhile we are convinced of
the legality of our initial fulfilment
relating to our tax obligations."
Barcelona s actions take the price
of Neymar s transfer to more than
100 million euros (US$138 million)
after the Catalan club initially said
it had paid 57.1 million euros
(US$74 million) for the Brazil for-
That sum does not include
bonus payments made by
Barcelona or the 22-year-old s
salary, meaning his total cost likely
exceeds the record-breaking 100
million euros-plus spent by rival
Real Madrid on Gareth Bale last
Spanish tax authorities had
charged Barcelona with fraud on
Thursday, alleging it swindled the
state of 9.1 million euros ($12.5
million) through payments to vary-
ing companies and false contracts.
Barcelona said it had "scrupu-
lously" met its financial obligations
in signing the player from Brazilian
club Santos and it would continue
to work with the state authority
in the matter.
Neymar s signing forced the res-
ignation of Sandro Rosell as pres-
ident last month, after one club
member s petition to learn more
about the intricate details of what
has become a club-record signing
were kept in the dark.
Rosell has preached financial
prudence while signing lucrative
sponsorship deals that have put
advertising on the front of
Barcelona s jersey for the first time
in the history of an institution that
considers itself "more than a club"
and a symbol of Catalan values.
Rosell is being investigated by
the same Spanish court that laid
the fraud charges against the club.
Of the initial transfer fee, Brazil-
ian club Santos received 17.1 million
euros ($23 million) while Neymar s
father, who also goes by Neymar,
earned 40 million euros ($55 mil-
Barcelona said the decision to
make the payment came after an
emergency board meeting on Sun-
Fred added to Brazil squad
...Ronaldinho still out
Barca pays 13.5m euros to tax office over Neymar
Brazil's players, Fred, from left, Neymar, Oscar, David Luiz, and Hulk attend a training session in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil in June. Brazilian fans hoping for a home-team win at this year's World Cup are hoping just as
hard that archrival Argentina does not lift the trophy. AP PHOTO
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