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Neymar and Rafinha, called up for the Olympics

Neymar and Rafinha, called up for the Olympics
Neymar and Rafinha, called up for the Olympics
Brazil already published the squad list for the Olympic Games that will be held in Brazil this summer. Blaugranas Neymar and Rafinha are part of the national...
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Brazil already published the squad list for the Olympic Games that will be held in Brazil this summer. Blaugranas Neymar and Rafinha are part of the national team with the objective of winning the golden medal and forget about the Copa America Centenario failure, in which the Canarinha was knocked out in the group stage. The football tournament of the Olympics will be played from the 3rd to the 19th of August and the Brazilian players are expected on the 18th of July.

Neymar's participation was included in a deal between Barça and the Brazilian federation that gave the forward vacations after a very busy season. On the other hand, Rafinha was also supposed to participate to the Copa America but a few muscular problems prevented him from doing so. Now, he will be able to play the Olympics and add minutes to get more competition after the serious injury he suffered in the season with Barça.

Since Dunga was let go, Rogério Micale will be in charge of the team that contains great players like Douglas Costa, Felipe Anderson or Gabriel Jesús, a forward that has been linked with Barça ultimately.

Squad list

GOALKEEPERS

Fernando Prass - Palmeiras

Uilson - Atlético Mineiro

DEFENDERS

William - Internacional

Douglas Santos - Atlético Mineiro

Zeca - Santos

Rodrigo Caio - São Paulo

Luan - Vasco da Gama

Marquinhos - Paris Saint-Germain*

MIDFIELDERS

Thiago Maia - Santos

Rodrigo Dourado - Internacional

Fred - Shaktar Donetsk

Rafinha Alcântara - FC Barcelona

Felipe Anderson - Lazio

FORWARDS

Neymar - FC Barcelona

Douglas Costa - Bayern Munich

Luan - Grêmio

Gabriel Barbosa - Santos

Gabriel Jesus - Palmeiras

*According to L'Equipe, PSG decided to hold Marquinhos back, preventing him from playing the Olympics with Brazil. The club has the right to do so, and Brazil will be forced to call up another player to complete the squad list of 18 names. On Marquinhos' part, this is another hard moment.