Menezes cuts Brazil London Olympic squad down to 35: David Luiz, Sandro Ranieri, Rafael da Silva included
Brazil coach Mano Menezes has reduced his original 52-man squad for the London Olympics down to 35. In are all, 22 players in the current squad for the friendlies against Denmark, USA, Mexico and Argentina. There is no place for Ronaldinho Gaúcho who left Flamengo for Atlético Mineiro this week.
Eight of the players (Jefferson of Botafogo, Thiago Silva of AC Milan, David Luiz of Chelsea, Marcelo of Real Madrid, Hulk of Porto, Diego Alves of Valencia, Dedé of Vasco, and Daniel Alves of Barcelona) are over the age of 23.
As well as Ronaldinho, Julio César (Inter Milan), Adriano (Barcelona), Gabriel Silva (Novara), Galhardo (Santos), Luisão (Benfica), Romário (Internacional), Allan (Vasco), Elias, (Sporting), Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk), Bernard (Atlético-MG), Dudu (Dynamo Kiev), Elkeson (Botafogo), Hernanes (Lazio), Henrique (Sport), Jonas (Valencia), and Willian José (São Paulo) have been chopped.
On 6th July, Menezes will announce the final 18 players that will make the trip to London.
Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Neto (Fiorentina), Rafael Cabral (Santos),
Gabriel (Milan), Renan Ribeiro (Atlético-MG), Diego Alves (Valencia)
Wingbacks: Danilo (Porto), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Rafael (Manchester United),
Alex Sandro (Porto), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Fágner (Vasco), Lucas Mendes (Coritiba)
Centrebacks: Thiago Silva (Milan), Dedé (Vasco), Marquinhos (Corinthians), David Luiz (Chelsea), Bruno Uvini (São Paulo), Juan (Inter Milan)
Defensive midfielders: Sandro Ranieri (Tottenham), Fernando (Grêmio), Rômulo (Vasco), Casemiro (São Paulo)
Creative midfielders: Lucas Moura (São Paulo), Douglas Costa (Shakhtar Donetsk), Philippe Coutinho (Espanyol), Giuliano (Dnipro), Oscar (Internacional), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos)
Forwards: Alexandre Pato (Milan), Neymar (Santos), Leandro Damião (Internacional), Wellington Nem (Fluminense), André Ribeiro (Atlético-MG), Hulk (Porto)
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