Rivaldo misses out on dream to join Brazil

Following months of personal anticipation, Olympiakos star Rivaldo found out yesterday that he will not be joining defending champion Brazil for the imminent World Cup finals in Germany. The aging Rivaldo, 34, who was hoping to join the Brazilian squad one final time ahead of his approaching retirement, mostly as a morale-boosting veteran for the national team’s younger players, was not included in Brazil’s squad, it was announced yesterday. Rivaldo, a key performer in Olympiakos’s defense of both league and cup titles this season, has been sidelined for weeks by a mystery virus. The Greek club has not disclosed details.