While the Associated Press focuses on how Ronaldinho and Kaká were left off the 2013 Brazil Confederations Cup Roster, I would like to give a tip of my cap (or slap of my lederhosen) to Dante and Luiz Gustavo.
Bayern's official website brought to light today that Felipe Scolari has added the two FC Bayern players to the squad.
Dante has already been called in three times to the Brazilian side, as the five-time World Cup champions did a mini-tour of Europe during the international breaks in February and April. It was the first time that Dante had ever been called in to the national side, as he started twice against Chelsea'sin Brazil's center of defense.
Luiz Gustavo, meanwhile, has only appeared for Brazil three times in his career and has never started. The 25-year-old also never got called into the youth squads for Brazil, so this is by far the most significant call in Gustavo's young career.
Personally, it is hard not to be happy for both of them. Dante had to wait a while to get called in, and now he's a crucial center defender for Brazil. Gustavo is not the prototypical sexy Brazil midfielder, and he beat out Kaká and Chelsea's Ramires for a spot on the team.
Dante and Luiz Gustavo join Neymar, Oscar, Marcelo, Lucas and Thiago Silva in the final tune-up for the 2014 World Cup, which Brazil will want to make a good showing for on their own turf. They will play Japan, Mexico, and Italy in the group stage of the Confederations Cup starting June 15.