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Brazil name talented squad for London 2012

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Brazil coach Mano Menezes named his squad for the Olympics yesterday with a host of talents heading to London.

Thiago Silva, Hulk and Marcelo were named as the Brazilian’s three over-age players, with younger players Neymar (pictured) and AC Milan’s Alexandre Pato also making the cut.

Defender Thiago Silva has already been capped 27 times for Brazil and the 27-year-old also captains the national side.

The experienced AC Milan defender will be joined in defence by Manchester United’s Rafael da Silva and Inter Milan’s Juan.

Internacional’s Bruno Uvini, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Tottenham, will also be looking for a place in the starting line-up.

Hulk, who has frequently been linked with a big money move to Chelsea, has scored three goals in 13 games for Menezes' side and is one of four forwards in the squad along with Neymar, Pato and Internacional’s Leandro Damiao.

Big money move

Brazil’s midfield boasts an array of talent with Santos’ Ganso included, as well as Lucas Moura of Sao Paulo. The Brazilian club’s president claimed that they rejected a £32m bid from Chelsea for their starlet in May.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Sandro has been involved with the senior side of late and will be looking to cement his place in the side at the Games. Twenty-year-old Oscar, who has recently been linked with a move to Spurs, has also been named in the squad.

Rafael Cabral and Fiorentina’s Neto are Brazil’s two goalkeepers.

There are high expectations for the Brazilian squad, where only one player hasn’t been capped in Menezes’ senior side, and with the talent at their disposal they will be strong contenders for the gold medal.

The Brazilian Olympic side has competed at the Games 11 times, winning two silver and two bronze medals, but have yet to take first place on the podium.

Brazil will play Team GB at Middlesbrough’s Riverside stadium on July 20, before meeting Egypt, Belarus and New Zealand in the preliminary round of the tournament.

By David Turner

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