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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Soccer: Ronaldinho left off Brazil team for final friendly

Associated Press

SAO PAULO Ronaldinho won't play in Brazil's final exhibition before the World Cup despite pressure from fans and media on the coach to select the star midfielder.

Ronaldinho was not among the 22 players called up by Dunga on Tuesday for Brazil's match against Ireland in London on March 2. It is Brazil's last scheduled match before the World Cup in South Africa opens on June 11.

The 29-year-old Ronaldinho hasn't played for the national team since the beginning of 2009, but his improved recent performances with AC Milan have prompted fans and media to call for his return.