Kaka & Ronaldinho left out of Brazil squad for Confederations Cup

The veteran stars just two of several big-name casualties, with Alexandre Pato, Ganso, Ramires and Rafael also having been omitted from Luiz Scolari's 23-man roster.
Former Ballon d'Or winners Kaka and Ronaldinho have both been left out of the Brazil squad for this summer's Confederations Cup.

The Real Madrid midfielder and Atletico Mineiro attacker are among a long list of Luiz Felipe Scolari's culled casualties. Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato, Sao Paulo playmaker Ganso and Manchester United fullback Rafael have also been omitted from the Selecao's 23-man squad for the tournament.

There is no room for Chelsea's Ramires, but Blues teammates David Luiz and Oscar have been called upon, as has relegated QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Bayern Munich duo Dante and Luiz Gustavo have both been summoned, while Neymar is the star attraction in a stellar attacking quintet that also features Leandro Damiao, Hulk, Lucas Moura and Fred.

Barcelona fullback Dani Alves has a place in Scolari's squad despite being criticized this year for his form dropping, while Thiago Silva has secured a spot having helped lead Paris Saint-Germain to a Ligue 1 title this season.

Tournament host Brazil has been drawn in the same group as Italy, Mexico and Japan and will kick off the defense of its Confederations Cup crown against the latter of the trio on June 15. Brazil beat the United States in the 2009 Confederations Cup final, coming back from two goals down to win 3-2. Here is Brazil's  squad in full:

Diego CavalieriFluminense
Julio CesarQPR
Dani AlvesBarcelona
Filipe LuisVasco da Gama
MarceloReal Madrid
David LuizChelsea
DanteBayern Munich
ReverAtletico Mineiro
Thiago SilvaParis Saint-Germain
JadsonSao Paulo
Luiz GustavoBayern Munich
BernardAtletico Mineiro
HulkZenit St Petersburg
Lucas MouraParis Saint-Germain
Leandro DamiaoInternacional

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