- Title: SOUTH AFRICA: FOOTBALL / SOCCER - Brazil hold first training session
- Date: 29th May 2010
- Summary: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (MAY 28, 2010) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF RANDBURG HIGH SCHOOL WHERE BRAZIL NATIONAL TEAM TRAINS BRAZILIANS TRAINING BRAZIL MIDFIELDER KAKA PLAYERS STRETCHING CLOSE OF MIDFIELDER FELIPE MELO GOALKEEPER JULIO CESAR TRAINING ON PITCH RIGHT BACK DANI ALVES KICKING BALL BRAZIL HEAD COACH DUNGA TALKING TO ANOTHER COACH STRIKER ROBINHO PERFORMING RUNNING AND JUMPING EXERCISE, FOLLOWED BY JULIO BAPTISTA, DANI ALVES, LUISAO, GRAFITE, JOSUE, ELANO AND FELIPE MELO MEDIA WATCHING TRAINING SESSION FROM STANDS KAKA KICKING BALL CLOSE OF MICHEL BASTOS ROBINHO CHASING AFTER BALL DURING EXERCISE DEFENDER LUCIO PERFORMING BALL SKILLS STRIKER LUIS FABIANO IN TRAINING PHOTOGRAPHERS VARIOUS OF PLAYERS DURING PASSING EXERCISE
- Embargoed: 13th June 2010 13:00
- Location: South Africa
- Country: South Africa
- Topics: Sports
- Reuters ID: LVA3767VWIDZMPEHDSWYNF89L85C
- Story Text: Brazil's soccer squad held its first training session ahead of the World Cup in Johannesburg on Friday (May 28).
The session held at their training base in Randburg High School was closed to the general public but scores of media gathered in the stands of the training pitch to watch.
Most eyes were on Kaka as it was feared that he may still have lingering fitness issues with a thigh strain. But the playmaker looked comfortable in the light session and appeared to be fully recovered.
Brazil have confirmed they will play two friendlies away to Zimbabwe on June 2 and Tanzania five days later in their build-up to the tournament which begins in two weeks.
Coach Dunga has received a lot of criticism for his selection of seven defensive midfielders and a lack of creative attacking midfielders in the 23-man squad but Brazil remain one of the favourites to lift the title for a record sixth time.
Brazil are drawn in what many regard as the toughest group of the first round with Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and African side Ivory Coast led by Chelsea's Didier Drogba contending to qualify with North Korea.
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