The reigning defending champion of Olympic football enters the ring: Brazil!
The Selecao want to keep their crown as the best soccer team in the Olympic village this summer and are picking up the torch from Neymar’s victorious penalty shootout in 2016.
The football mad nation takes every competition they compete very seriously and this can be seen in their squad selection for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Many of the faces seen at the 2021 Copa America are there again this time around, and many want to make up for the final defeat to Argentina.
But which stars should start for Brazil?
Santos (GK) – The 31-year-old has spent his entire career at Athletico Paranaense but will represent Brazil internationally this summer. A great success.
Dani Alves (RB) – WHAT?! Alves is still going ?! That’s right, the 38-year-old is still in his prime (kind of) and he can get a job for the Selecao anywhere on the pitch. Simply extraordinary.
Diego Carlos (CB) – Seville star Carlos should line up at the heart of the Brazilian defense this summer, adding even more elite experience alongside the evergreen Alves.
Nino (CB) – The Fluminense man hopes to make a big impression this summer as he has never appeared for the Brazilian senior team. Now is your chance, it is.
Guilherme Arana (LB) – A third Sevilla representative joins the defense, although Arana, like Alves, has broken new ground. The full-back has returned to Brazil, where he feels most comfortable.
Douglas Luiz (CM) – The Aston Villa man has made an excellent midfielder during his time at Villa Park and he hopes to carry that form to the international stage.
Bruno Guimarães (CM) – Lyon’s 2020 winter signing started this year and plays an important role in their dynamic midfield. Keep an eye on this guy.
Reinier (AM) – Fun fact: Reinier’s name reads exactly the same when you write it backwards. Let’s hope that he and his teammates work similarly symmetrically.
Malcom (RW) – The Brazilian winger’s career didn’t go quite as we expected when he joined Barcelona in 2018, but we hope Malcom will make another big move in the future.
Richarlison (ST) – Everton’s leading man was key to Brazil’s entry into the Copa America final, and Richarlison will seek to play an equally important role in their Olympic campaign.
Gabriel Martinelli (LW) – Arsenal’s prodigy has rarely had the opportunity to show what he can do in the Premier League, but Gooners will watch the Olympics with interest to see if he really is the future of their forward line.