Neymar, Costa in Brazil Olympic soccer team
Coach Rogerio Micale named the Brazilian men’s soccer team for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics yesterday, including two key members who did not play in the Copa America — Barcelona’s Neymar and Douglas Costa of Bayern Munich.
Micale took over the Olympic team when Dunga was fired after Brazil was knocked out of the Copa America.
Two of the young stars to watch will be forwards Gabriel Jesus of Palmeiras and Gabriel Barbosa of Santos, the former club of Neymar and Pele. Barbosa is known as “Gabigol” and has already played for Brazil’s senior team.
Brazil has won five World Cup titles, but the men’s team has yet to win an Olympic gold in soccer. Brazil lost the final to Mexico four years ago in London.
Goalkeepers: Fernando Prass (Palmeira), Uilson (Atletico Mineiro).
Defenders: Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Luan (Vasco da Gama), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Zeca (Santos), William (Internacional), Douglas Santos (Atletico Mineiro)
Midfielders: Felipe Anderson (Lazio), Thiago Maia (Santos), Rodrigo Dourado (Internacional), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Rafinha (Barcelona).
Forwards: Gabriel Barbosa (Santos), Neymar (Barcelona), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras), Luan (Gremio).
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