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Brazil have won everything apart from a gold medal

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After two wins in their first two group games, the Brazilian players will be pointing their index fingers skywards praying for their first gold medal.

Their bitter local rivals, Argentina have won gold at the last two Olympics.

With a record five World Cups, countless Copa Americas and Confederations Cups, the Olympic football tournament is the only international tournament in football organised by FIFA that Brazil have never won.

In 11 attempts, they have only won two silver medals, in 1984 and 1988, and two bronze medals, in 1996 and 2008 - to make things worse, Argentina finished ahead of them at those two Olympics.

This isn't a bad record, unless you're a selecao fan, because they are so used to being dominant and winning everything. Even Ronaldo once said: "Barcelona are like the club version of Brazil - they win and win and remain dominant because they know nothing else."

Since they are hosting the 2014 World Cup, Brazil automatically qualify. This means they do not get the opportunity to test themselves in competitive games apart from at the London 2012 Olympics.

Young players

Brazil have a lot of young players coming through and they will not get many chances to test themselves and find their best formation over the next two years.

This summer's Olympics is a fantastic opportunity for managing the development of those young stars, since each team in the tournament can have only three over 23-year-olds in their team, rules which will also apply in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 where the next Olympics shall be held.

In this case, Brazil's overage players are Marcelo, Hulk and Thiago Silva, who also captains the side - the 27-year-old only has 28 caps for his country but that doesn't mean his country will think any less of him.

This Brazil team can boast the likes of AC Milan's Alexandre Pato (pictured), Sao Paulo's Lucas Moura (Manchester United are chasing after the winger and have apparently had a £30m offer accepted by the Brazilian club), Oscar (who has just signed for Chelsea), and Neymar, who is wanted by Real Madrid, Chelsea and PSG.

This list just shows some of the outstandingly spectacular talent the Brazilians have to offer.

The fact that most of their Olympic team is being heavily linked with a move away from their respective clubs - to some of the biggest teams in the world - also emphasis their quality. There won't be too many raised eyebrows if Brazil finally take gold in London.

By Simran Sangha

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