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SYDNEY---Australia captain Michael
Clarke batted with a broken shoulder
when he scored an unbeaten 161 during
his team's decisive win over South Africa
earlier this month in their three-Test
series, the team said yesterday.
Physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said in
a statement that scans had confirmed the
fracture near the joint in his left shoulder,
which occurred when Clarke was hit by a
bouncer from South Africa fast bowler
Morne Morkel during his innings in the
Morkel tested Clarke with a barrage of
bouncers, striking him on the forearm,
elbow, shoulder and helmet on the first
day and on the thumb when he returned
with the second new ball.
Clarke's 27th Test century helped
Australia take the third test and complete
a 2--1 series win over the South Africans. It
was just the second series defeat for
South Africa in its last 26 test series under
now-retired captain Graeme Smith.
Clarke has been ruled out of the
upcoming final of the Sheffield Shield,
Australia's domestic first class
championship. He had hoped to play for
New South Wales against Western
Australia in the match to be played Friday
at Canberra's Manuka Oval. (AP)
SAO PAULO---Goalkeeper Julio Cesar---the
wrong side of 30 and past his prime---is the
weakest link in the team which all of Brazil
expects to win the World Cup this July. And
that is no accident: The nation of Pele has
long paid far more attention to players who
score and make goals than to those who save
The country s best-known goalkeeper was
probably Barbosa, and he became famous not
for a great save but for the national agony he
caused by letting in Uruguay s two goals against
Brazil that won the World Cup in 1950.
The first thing Brazilian children often do
before pick-up games is play "rock, scissors,
paper" to decide who gets stuck in goal. With
so many outstanding strikers and midfielders
in Brazilian history, few chose keepers as their
"If the kid is good enough with the ball,
probably he will not want to play in goal,"
Zetti, a reserve goalkeeper in Brazil s 1994
World Cup-winning squad, said in a phone
interview. "Kids are usually scared of playing
in goal, and most of the time parents are
always trying to convince them to play in a
Zetti opened Brazil s first academy exclu-
sively for goalkeepers six years ago. Brazil long
neglected to take goalkeeping seriously, he
explained. Teams didn t hire trainers for that
position, so goalkeepers couldn t match strikers
and midfielders for quality.
But Zetti said things have changed in recent
decades. Marcos and Rogerio Ceni, goalkeepers
in the 2002 World Cup-winning squad, both
influenced the Brazilian game with their suc-
cesses and become idols for a new genera-
"Marcos and Rogerio Ceni really contributed
to get more kids to want to become goalkeep-
ers," Zetti said. "In my academy, I can see
this. Because of them there is a generation
coming up that really likes goalkeepers. They
are not ready to play yet, but in a few years
we may be able to start seeing some results."
Marcos saves in the 2002 final against Ger-
many helped Brazil secure its fifth world title.
He also enjoyed success with Palmeiras, win-
ning the 1999 Copa Libertadores with the Sao
Paulo club where he played for nearly two
decades. Easy-going and known for speaking
his mind, Marcos was easy to like for fans of
all ages, even those from rival teams.
Ceni was a reserve keeper for the World
Cups of 2002 and 2006, where he came on
as a substitute for Brazil No1 and captain Dida
late in a 4--1 demolition of Japan in the group
Ceni has won three Brazilian championships
and the 2005 Club World Cup with Sao Paulo,
where he remains a starter. He stands out for
scoring goals, not just saving them. He has
netted more than 100 penalties and free kicks,
by far the most for a goalkeeper.
Cesar was a reserve with Ceni in the 2006
World Cup squad before getting Brazil s No
1 spot at the 2010 World Cup. Fans remember
his mistake in Brazil s 2--1 quarterfinal elim-
ination by the Netherlands. Obstructed by
midfield teammate Felipe Melo, Cesar failed
to punch away Wesley Sneijder s cross that
zipped past him into the goal for the Dutch
At Inter Milan from 2005-2012, Cesar
became one of the world s best goalkeepers,
winning five Italian championships and the
Champions League in 2010. He and Spain s
2010 World Cup winner Iker Casillas were
the only goalies nominated that year for the
FIFA Ballon d Or.
But Cesar---now 34---has been less impres-
sive since moving to Queens Park Rangers,
dropping out of the Premier League with the
London club in 2013. Rob Green replaced
him in QPR s starting line-up and the club
then loaned him to Toronto in Major League
Soccer after he failed to find another club in
Although none of this has been ideal prepa-
ration for the World Cup, Brazil coach Luiz
Felipe Scolari is sticking with Cesar, in part
because he has few other options.
Not that many Brazilians will care.
From 2002, they mostly remember Ronaldo
and Rivaldo, not that Marcos starred between
Brazil s posts in the 2--0 defeat of Germany.
Taffarel played well in goal in 1994, but
Romario and captain Dunga are the standout
names from that team. Pele, Gerson, Rivelino
and Tostao overshadowed Felix s goalkeeping
for the winning team of 1970.
As Brazil now attempts to win its first World
Cup at home, Brazilians only have eyes for
the likes of Neymar and Oscar, the creative
talents they so admire.
Only if he makes howling mistakes will
Cesar compete with them for attention. (AP)
Brazil pays price for lack
of goalkeeping culture
Clarke batted with broken shoulder in Test century
the weakest link in the
Brazil team for the
World Cup in July.
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