Brazil’s ‘Rejects XI’: Could they have won the World Cup?

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Having claimed the Jules Rimet trophy an unmatched five times, it's fair to say Brazil have an embarrassment of riches in terms of footballing talent.

So much so, in fact, that following Luiz Felipe Scolari's squad announcement on Wednesday, we decided to compile a full team of overlooked stars..

This is a formidable selection of players not deemed strong enough to make the 23-man squad.

Diego Costa makes the team despite choosing to play for Spain instead - after all, if Scolari had made the Atletico Madrid man a key part of his plans instead of giving him just two outings in 2013, Costa could well be wearing yellow this summer.

Amongst this merry band of men, six have played Champions League football this season, one is a two-time World Player of the Year and three are on the verge of helping an unheralded Atletico Madrid to a league and Champions League double.

And it's a double blow for Kaka and Robinho, players who once changed hands for £56m and £32m respectively. Such is the competition for attacking midfield places, the pair suffer the ignominy of being snubbed from the 'Snubbed XI'.

Scolari has form in this department. He received harsh criticism, including from Pele, for leaving Romario out of the Brazil squad in 2002 - but his team went on to win the World Cup in Korea and Japan.

But the question must be asked: could our fictional eleven have possibly won the whole tournament, given the chance?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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