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 Tuesday, November 30
Palmeiras roster
 
Reuters

 RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Palmeiras players likely to be in the squad for Tuesday's World Club Cup final against Manchester United in Tokyo:

Forwards
Evair, age 34: Selfless veteran who continues to be one of Brazil's most productive strikers, even if he no longer holds down a regular first-team place. He has played in Japan and Italy and won nine caps for Brazil in 1992 and 1993.

Faustino Asprilla, 29: Enormously gifted Colombian who has yet to claim his place on the team which he joined after an unhappy time in Italy with Parma.

Oseas, 28: Physically strong striker, especially dangerous in the air. The regular center-forward in the Libertadores Cup campaign, he could lose his place to Asprilla. Two caps for Brazil, both in friendlies in 1996.

Paulo Nunes, 28: Played for coach Luis Felipe Scolari's 1995 Libertadores-winning Gremio team and was brought by the coach to Palmeiras. Lightweight and quick, with a tendency for theatrics. Organizes the team's choreographed goal celebrations.

Midfielders
Rogerio, 22: Defensive midfielder who was raised at the club and has flourished under Scolari. He has played in three friendlies for his country.

Cesar Sampaio, 31: A regular in Brazil's World Cup team last year, his task is to protect the defense. He re-joined the club at the start of the year after four years in Japan with Yokohama Flugels.

Galeano, 27: A player who makes up for his lack of finesse with extreme tactical discipline and an extraordinary work rate. He can also play in the center of the defense.

Jackson, 26: Creative midfielder who has gone from being the playmaker at his previous club, Sport Recife, to an occasional substitute at Palmeiras. But he continues to play well when called upon.

Zinho, 32: Team captain under Scolari, he rejoined Palmeiras in 1997 after two years with Yokohama Flugels in Japan. Left- sided midfielder who scores plenty of goals. Won the last of his 56 full caps for Brazil last year. Played in the 1994 World Cup.

Alex, 22: A naturally gifted left-footed player, excellent at free kicks, full of promise for the future. Already making his mark at the international level, with six goals in 13 outings and several appearances at this year's Copa America. Joined from Coritiba two years ago.

Defenders
Junior, 26: A speedy left back who has held the position for the last four seasons after joing the club from Vitoria. Played for Brazil in last year's CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Ze Maria, 26: Returned to Brazil this year to join his sixth professional club after a three-year spell in Italy. Played for Brazil in the 1997 Copa America before disappearing from the international spotlight.

Francisco Arce, 28: Regular Paraguayan international regarded as the best fullback playing in Brazil. Excellent at taking free kicks and corners.

Cleber, 30: Physical, uncompromising central defender who has been a regular for the club for the best part of a decade. He has recently recovered from injury. Often accused of rough play.

Junior Baiano, 29: Erratic player who alternates moments of apparent tranquility and style with horrendous blunders. A history of disciplinary problems have blighted his career. A regular in Brazil's World Cup team at the 1998 World Cup. Joined from Flamengo.

Roque Junior, 23: The most consistent of the central defenders, he has forced his way into the team this year. Raised at the club.

Goalkeeper
Marcos, 29: A reserve until this year, he made his mark with some amazing saves during the Libertadores quarterfinal match against Corinthians.
 



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