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Brazil had qualified for Italia’90 by winning group 3 in the CONMEBOL zone.
Lazaroni declares that Josimar will take no part in the squad for the World Cup due to the controversies that seemed to follow his way of life. Josimar had been a popular member of the Brazilian team that competed in Mexico’86 and had been used by Lazaroni both in the Copa America 1989 and in the qualifiers. At this point,however, Lazaroni felt the need to rule out Josimar.