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Standing by: Brazil's seven World Cup hopefuls

Standing by: Brazil's seven World Cup hopefuls

Two guys called Lucas, a duo from Atleti, rapping Rafinha, a Flu keeper and a new kid on the block - a closer look at those on standby for Scolari's Selecao

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has named his list of players who will be on standby for this summer's World Cup. All seven will no dobut be disappointed not to be assured of a place at the big show, but will certainly be ready to step up in case of any last-minute injury problems.

Gillette Brasil Global Tour brings you the lowdown on those still dreaming of helping their country to a sixth world title.

Date of birth: 01/12/1982
Place of birth  Sao Paulo
Brazil debut: vs Argentina, Buenos Aires 2012
Club: Fluminense (Brazil)

The Fluminense goalkeeper has appeared three times since Felipao took charge, notably stopping Juan Manuel Martinez's effort as Brazil earned a penalty-shootout victory over Argentina in the 2012 Superlcasico de las Americas. He also featured in last year's victory over Zambia and a 2-2 draw with Chile, but lost out on one of the two reserve goalkeeper places as Victor and Jefferson were selected ahead of him.

MIRANDA | Defender
Date of birth: 07/09/1984
Place of birth  Paranavai, Parana
Brazil debut: vs Peru, Porto Alegre 2009
Club: Atletico Madrid (Spain)

One of the stars of a miraculous season so far for Atletico Madrid in Spain, the former Sao Paulo stopper made just one appearance under the current regime when he was given 11 minutes in the 2-1 defeat to England at Wembley stadium last year. His fine form had made him the favourite for any potential wild card of the 23, but Napoli defender Henrique beat the 29-year-old to the role of fourth-choice central defender.

FILIPE LUIS | Defender
Date of birth: 09/08/1985
Place of birth  Paranavai, Parana
Brazil debut: vs Venezuela, Campo Grande 2009
Club: Atletico Madrid (Spain)

The former Figueirense left-back didn't make an appearance as part of the 2013 Confederations Cup-winning squad but he too has enjoyed fantastic form for Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid, with the Spanish side on the brink of a Champions League and Spanish league double. The 28-year-old was beaten to the reserve left-back place by PSG's Maxwell.

RAFINHA | Defender
Date of birth: 07/10/1985
Place of birth Londrina, Parana
Brazil debut: vs Sweden, London 2008
Club: Bayern Munich (Germany)

The Bayern Munich full-back returned to the Selecao after a five-year absence in March when he was selected for the Gillette Brasil Global Tour clash with South Africa in Johannesurg. He played in the entire 90 minutes of the 5-0 victory at Soccer City and equally impressed off the pitch with his witty punchlines on the plane journey home, but ultimately lost out to the experience offered by Roma's Maicon.

LUCAS LEIVA | Midfielder
Date of birth: 09/01/1987
Place of birth: Dourados
Brazil debut: vs Algeria, Montpellier 2007
Club: Liverpool (England)

The Liverpool midfielder has recovered from a couple of serious injury setbacks and appeared in both November friendlies, but missed out on the trip to Johannesburg. He lost out on the last spot in central midfield to Manchester City's Fernandinho, but remains a popular figure with the group and will make for the perfect replacement in case of injury.

Date of birth: 13/08/1992
Place of birth: Sao Paulo
Brazil debut: vs Scotland, London 2011
Club: Paris Saint-Germain (France)

The PSG winger was left out of the November friendlies with Honduras and Chile and his indifferent form for the French champions wasn't enough to earn a recall for March's clash with Bafana Bafana. At just 21-years-old, however, he will no doubt return to the Selecao at some stage and will be drafted in should an attacking midfielder pick up a knock before the big kick off.

Date of birth: 12/01/1989
Place of birth: Rio de Janeiro
Brazil debut: N/A
Club: Sao Paulo (France

Named after a 19th century French spiritualist who believed true enlightenment could only be achieved via communication with the souls of the dead, the uncapped 25-year-old striker joined Palmeiras last season and rediscovered the goalscoring form that earned him a transfer to Portuguese giants Benfica in 2010. He has joined Sao Paulo for the Brasileirao 2014 campaign.