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World Cup player profile: Maicon

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Name: Maicon

Age: 32

Position: Right back

Club: Roma

Caps [goals]: 70 [7]

Experienced defender Maicon has represented some of Europe's biggest clubs in Roma, Inter Milan, Manchester City and Monaco in a career which has afforded him the Champions League title in 2010, as well as five league trophies.

Why has he been selected?

A dependable and experienced defender, Maicon played for Brazil in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and scored a memorable goal against North Korea in the group stages. Luiz Felipe Scolari picked him ahead of Marquinhos of PSG.

How has he played this season?

Maicon has enjoyed something of a rennaissance this term after joining Roma from Manchester City. He has featured heavily for the Italian side, helping them claim Champions League football next year.

What will his role be in Brazil?

A certain back-up for first-choice right back Daniel Alves, Maicon will be expected to play some part in Brazil's journey, depending on injuries and the possibility of Alves switching to left-back at some point. 


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