Neymar, Costa lead Brazil Olympic soccer team
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 30, 2016 09:31 AM
FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2015, file photo, Brazil's Neymar, left, fights for the ball with Peru's Carlos Zambrano during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Salvador, Brazil. Brazil has named its Olympic soccer team, which includes two key players who did not play in the Copa America — Barcelona's Neymar and Douglas Costa of Bayern Munich. The team was announced Wednesday, June 29, 2016, by Brazil coach Rogerio Micale, who took over the when Dunga was fired after Brazil was knocked out of the Copa America. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine, FIle)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Coach Rogerio Micale named the Brazilian men's soccer team for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Wednesday, including two key members who did not play in the Copa America — Barcelona's Neymar and Douglas Costa of Bayern Munich.
Micale took over the Olympic team when Dunga was fired after Brazil was knocked out of the Copa America.
Two of the young stars to watch will be forwards Gabriel Jesus of Palmeiras and Gabriel Barbosa of Santos, the former club of Neymar and Pele. Barbosa is known as "Gabigol" and has already played for Brazil's senior team.
Brazil has won five World Cup titles, but the men's team has yet to win an Olympic gold in soccer. Brazil lost the final to Mexico four years ago in London.
Goalkeepers: Fernando Prass (Palmeira), Uilson (Atletico Mineiro).
Defenders: Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Luan (Vasco da Gama), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Zeca (Santos), William (Internacional), Douglas Santos (Atletico Mineiro)
Midfielders: Felipe Anderson (Lazio), Thiago Maia (Santos), Rodrigo Dourado (Internacional), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Rafinha (Barcelona).
Forwards: Gabriel Barbosa (Santos), Neymar (Barcelona), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras), Luan (Gremio).