BARCA & BRAZIL ON COLLISION COURSE
By Philip Seery
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Catalan side are desperate to have their Brazilian star available for the crucial Champions League qualifying game against Wisla Krakow
However, the Brazilian football federation (CBF) maintain that the 29-year-old must join the national squad as they prepare for a must-win World Cup qualifier versus Paraguay.
Brazilian chiefs want Fifa to dock points from Barca if they refuse to comply but Camp Nou officials believe that Rivaldo is obliged to play for his club team, as they pay the Samba star's wages.
Hertha Berlin, Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen are also reluctant to release their respective players Marcelinho, Giovanne Elber and Lucio with the Bundesliga season in full flow.
Under pressure coach Filipo Scolari wants to field a full strength team against Panama and hopes to build up some much-needed confidence ahead of the Paraguay showdown.