Brazil provisional squad for London Olympics 2012
Brazil coach Mano Menezes has made the unusual move of announcing a list of 52 players that may figure in the London Olympics later this year. The mens football event will run from 25th July to 11th August. The list includes Manchester United’s Rafael, David Luiz (Chelsea), and Tottenhams Sandro Ranieri and Bruno Uvini.
36 of the players fit the under-23 criteria for the games but remarkably 16 others fall into the ‘overage` category of which only three can be called up. The over 23 section includes: Ronaldinho Gaúcho (Flamengo), Diego Alves (Valencia), Jefferson (Botafogo), Julio César (Inter Milan), Adriano (Barcelona), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo (Real Madrid), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dedé (Vasco), Luisão (Benfica), Thiago Silva (AC Milan), Elias (Sporting), Fernandinho (Shakhtar), Hernanes (Lazio), Hulk (Porto) and Jonas (Valencia).
Real Madrid’s Kaká and AC Milan’s Robinho, are the big names that have missed out.
On June 8th, Menezes will chop the 52 to down to 35. The final cut of 18 players will be made on July 6th.
Also see Brazil’s schedule in Group C in the Olympics
Brazil’s squad in full: (overage player in bold)
Goalkeepers: Diego Alves (Valencia), Gabriel (Cruzeiro), Jefferson (Botafogo), Julio César (Inter Milan), Neto (Fiorentina), Rafael Cabral (Santos), Renan Ribeiro (Atlético-MG).
Wingbacks: Adriano (Barcelona), Alex Sandro (Porto), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Danilo (Porto), Fágner (Vasco), Gabriel Silva (Novara), Galhardo (Flamengo), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Rafael (Manchester United)
Centrebacks: Bruno Uvini (Tottenham), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dedé (Vasco), Juan (Inter Milan), Lucas Mendes (Coritiba), Luisão (Benfica), Marquinhos (Corinthians), Romário (Internacional), Thiago Silva (Milan)
Defensive midfielders: Allan (Vasco), Casemiro (São Paulo), Elias (Sporting), Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk), Fernando (Grêmio), Rômulo (Vasco), Sandro Ranieri (Tottenham).
Creative midfielders: Bernard (Atlético-MG), Douglas Costa (Shakhtar Donetsk), Dudu (Dynamo Kiev), Elkeson (Botafogo), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Giuliano (Dnipro), Hernanes (Lazio), Lucas Moura (São Paulo), Oscar (Internacional), Philippe Coutinho (Espanyol)
Forwards: Alexandre Pato (Milan), André Ribeiro (Atlético-MG), Henrique (Granada), Hulk (Porto),Jonas (Valencia), Leandro Damião (Internacional), Neymar (Santos), Ronaldinho Gaúcho (Flamengo), Wellington Nem (Fluminense), Willian José (São Paulo).
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