Ronaldinho Gaucho

Friday, May 26, 2006

Brazil stars raring to go

Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Cafu were among six players who underwent a light session on Thursday at Brazil's training camp for the World Cup.

Along with Edmilson, Juninho and Emerson, they worked out in the gym while the other 17 players practiced in the 5,000-seat arena built for the Brazilian squad in the lakeside resort town of Weggis in central Switzerland.

The six players later joined the rest of the group on the field for physical drills.

All Brazilian players went through a series of physical examinations earlier in the week with Brazilian doctors stating that each player would undergo specific training depending on test results.

Ronaldo, who had various injuries at the start of the year, practiced separately in the team's first training session on Wednesday. He ran by himself for 40 minutes while the other players underwent a series of physical drills.

Ronaldinho had earlier said he arrived for Brazil's pre-World Cup preparation feeling a bit tired after a long season with FC Barcelona. Along with Edmilson, he helped Barcelona win the Spanish title and the Champions League.

Cafu, a 35-year-old veteran of the past three World Cup finals, played only sparingly for AC Milan this season after recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in February.

Brazil will spend two weeks in the small city of Weggis preparing to defend its World Cup title.

Brazil will play two friendlies in Switzerland - against FC Lucerne on May 30 in Basel and against New Zealand in Geneva on June 4 - before playing its opener in Germany against Croatia on June 13.


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