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Friday, 26 April, 2002, 15:30 GMT 16:30 UK
Scolari considers final choice
Sao Paulo and Brazil goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni
Ceni conceded a soft goal during the week
Luiz Felipe Scolari has left his goalkeepers to sweat it out over who wins the final place in his World Cup squad.

The Brazil boss says he has already decided on the names of 22 of the players he will take to Korea and Japan.

And he insists the only decision he has left to make concerns the men between the sticks.

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I have until 6 May to decide between Marcos, Rogerio Ceni, Dida and Julio Cesar
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Luiz Felipe Scolari

"Right now I can say that only one more name is necessary to complete the list for the World Cup," Scolari told Radio Globo.

"I must take three goalkeepers and I have four options.

"I have until 6 May to decide between Marcos, Rogerio Ceni, Dida and Julio Cesar."

With the last line of defence now Scolari's only area of concern, it seems certain that the campaign to recall Romario to the front-line is over.

But, while the hero of USA 94 must begin to accept his fate, there is plenty of work to do for the four men desperate to wear the No 1 jersey.

Corinthians and Brazil goalkeeper Dida
Dida has been in fine form of late

Scolari's previous admission that he hopes to start the World Cup with the same 11 who recently drew with Portugal means Palmeiras shot-stopper Marcos is an almost certain inclusion.

Dida and Rogerio Ceni remain the most likely candidates for the other two places.

The pair came face to face earlier in the week when Dida's Corinthians beat Sao Paulo 2-0 away in the first leg of their Copa Brasil semi-final.

Former AC Milan keeper Dida stole a march on his rival by saving a penalty during that match.

Ceni, though, was left humiliated in the last minute when Corinthians striker Deivid nutmegged him for the second goal.

That mistake may give some hope to Flamengo custodian Julio Cesar.

But it is Cesar who remains the most likely of the four to suffer the cruellest of blows.

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