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Brazil wins America Cup 2004

In July 2004, Brazil won the America Cup 2004, staged in Peru; the America Cup is the counterpart of EuroCup, and is disputed by all countries in South America, more a few from Central and North America.
Brazil didnīt send their best players to Peru; Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Kaka and others who play in Europe were saved, as Brazil is still playing the qualifying for the World Cup 2006. The coach Carlos Alberto Parreira used other good players, many playing in Brazilian clubs, who otherwise wouldnīt have a chance in the main team; it was the case of goal-keeper Julio Cesar (Flamengo), Renato and Diego (both from Santos - bts, Diego was contracted by Porto, from Portugal, shortly after the America Cup finished), Gustavo Neri and Luis Fabiano (both from São Paulo).
The final match was against old rival Argentina; the match finished 2 x 2; on the penalties kicks, Argentinans lost three chances, and Brazil won. Argentina, who hasnīt won a major title since 1993, sent their full force to Peru.
The most important player for Brazil was Adriano, currently playing at Internazionale, in Milan, Italy; Adriano was elected the best foreigner playing in Italy last season. He was very appraised by coach Parreira, and is certain to have a chance at the main team, when the World Cup qualifyings resume.

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