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Neymar has been confirmed as part of the host nation's football squad

Neymar Jr and Rafinha Alcántara will be going for gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as confirmed by the Brazil team manager Rogerio Micale at an official press conference on Wednesday.

The players are expected to report for duty on July 18 and make their debut in the competition against South Africa in Brasília on August 4. The other two sides in Group A of the sixteen-team tournament are Iraq and Denmark.

There are high hopes in the host country that Brazil can finally win the Olympic title for the first time. The Canarinha have reached the final three times in the past, but have lost each time (to France in 1984, to the Soviet Union in 1988 and to Mexico in the most recent Games, held in London in 2012.

Complete Brazil squad

Goalkeepers: Fernando Prass (Palmeiras), Uilson (Atlético Mineiro).

Full backs: William (Internacional), Douglas Santos (Atlético Mineiro), Zeca (Santos).

Centre backs: Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Luan (Vasco de Gama), Marquinhos (PSG).

Midfielders: Thiago Maia (Santos), Rodrigo Dourado (Internacional), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Rafinha Alcántara (Barcelona), Felipe Anderson (Lazio)

Forwards: Neymar (Barcelona), Douglas Costa (Bayern), Luan (Gremio), Gabriel Barbosa (Santos), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras). 


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