Brazil national under-23 football team

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Brazil Olympic
Brasil Olympic Comittee crest.svg
Nickname(s)A Seleção (The National Team)
AssociationConfederação Brasileira de Futebol
(Brazilian Football Confederation)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
FIFA codeBRA
First colors
Second colors
First international
 Brazil 5–1 Netherlands 
(Turku, Finland; 16 July 1952)
Biggest win
 Brazil 9–0 Colombia 
(Londrina, Brazil; 30 January 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Colombia 5–1 Brazil 
(Cali, Colombia; 10 February 1980)
Olympics
Appearances13 (first in 1952)
Best resultWinners Gold medal icon.svg: (2016)

Brazil Olympic football team (also known as Brazil under-23, Brazil U23) represents Brazil in international football competitions in Olympic Games. The selection is limited to players under the age of 23, except three overage players. The team is controlled by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). In 13 participations, Brazil won one gold medal (2016), three silver medals (1984, 1988 and 2012) and two bronze medals (1996, 2008).

The Olympic football tournament was the last international competition in football organized by FIFA which Brazil had never won until they won at home in 2016. They had previously won three silver medals (1984, 1988 and 2012) and two bronze medals (1996, 2008).[1] The Brazilian Olympic team is often coached by the in-charge senior team coach, such as Mário Zagallo in 1996, Vanderlei Luxemburgo in 2000, Dunga in 2008 and Mano Menezes in 2012.

History[edit]

1952–1976 Summer Olympics[edit]

Brazil's first participation in the Olympics was in Helsinki, Finland, in 1952. In that year, Brazil reached the quarter-finals, when they were eliminated by West Germany 4–2.[2] In 1960, in Rome, Italy,[3] in 1964 in Tokyo, Japan,[4] in 1968 in Mexico City, Mexico,[5] and in 1972 in Berlin, West Germany,[6] Brazil was eliminated in the first stage. In Montreal, 1976, Brazil was defeated by Poland 2–0 in the semi-finals, then Brazil was defeated by the Soviet Union 2–0 in the bronze medal match, finishing in the fourth place.[7] In these six participations, Brazil was represented by a team of junior or non-professional players as the Olympics did not allow professional players to participate during this period.

1984 Summer Olympics – Los Angeles[edit]

Starting in 1984, professional players were allowed to participate. However, European and South American teams were only allowed to include players with no more than five "A" caps at the start of the tournament. Brazil won its first medal in 1984, in Los Angeles, United States. In the group stage, Brazil beat Saudi Arabia 3–1, West Germany 1–0 and Morocco 2–0. In the quarter-finals Brazil defeated Canada in the penalty shootout, then they beat Italy 2–1 after extra-time in the semi-finals, but was beaten by France 2–0 in the gold medal Match, thus winning the silver medal.[8]

1988 Summer Olympics – Seoul[edit]

The second Brazilian silver medal was won in Seoul, South Korea, in 1988. Brazil won the medal after defeating in the group stage Nigeria 4–0, Australia 3–0 and Yugoslavia 2–1. In the quarter-finals Brazil beat their South American rivals Argentina 1–0, then defeated West Germany in the penalty shootout, but was defeated by the Soviet Union 2–1 after extra time in the gold medal match.[9] Romário was the competition's top goal scorer with seven goals.[10]

1996 Summer Olympics – Atlanta[edit]

Starting in 1992, only players under the age of 23 were allowed to participate, with an exception of three overage players in the team. Brazil, managed by senior team coach, Mário Zagallo, won the bronze medal for the first time in 1996, in Atlanta, United States. In the group stage, Brazil was beaten by Japan 1–0 in the first match, then they beat Hungary 3–1 and Nigeria 1–0, finishing in the group's first position. After beating Ghana 4–2 in the quarter-finals, Brazil was defeated by Nigeria 4–3 after extra time. In the bronze medal match, Brazil beat Portugal 5–0.[11]

2000 Summer Olympics – Sydney[edit]

Brazil, managed by senior team coach, Vanderlei Luxemburgo, was eliminated in the quarter-finals. In the group stage, Brazil beat by Slovakia 3–1 in the first match, then they were beaten by South Africa 3–1. In the last group match, Brazil beat Japan 1–0 to secure the first position in the group stage. In the quarter-finals, Brazil was beaten by Cameroon 1–2, who later won the gold medal.[12]

2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup[edit]

In December 2002, CBF appointed Ricardo Gomes as the coach for Brazil Olympic team prepared for the 2004 Olympic Games. Prior to the Olympic qualification tournament, Brazil Olympic team or Brazil U23 was sent to compete at 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Brazil was invited to the tournament and decided to send their Under-23 team because their senior team was competing at 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup a month earlier. Although Brazil competed as an Under-23 team, all the appearances and goals in this tournament were recognized by FIFA as full international caps.[13] Brazil U-23 team went on to the final and was beaten by Mexico 0–1 after extra time, denying Brazil the chance to be the first guest team to win the tournament. The following year Brazil failed to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games after losing out to Paraguay and Argentina in the qualifying tournament.[14]

2008 Summer Olympics – Beijing[edit]

Brazil, managed by senior team coach, Dunga, finished in the first position in the group stage, ahead of Belgium, New Zealand and China, which they beat 1–0, 5–0 and 3–0 respectively.[15] In the second round, Brazil beat Cameroon 2–0 after extra time.[16] Brazil and Argentina met on August 19 in the semi-final game of the competition. The game was marred by numerous fouls and two ejections for Brazil. Argentina won 3–0.[17] In the bronze medal match, Brazil beat Belgium 3–0.[18]

2012 Summer Olympics – London[edit]

Brazil, under coach Mano Menezes, was defeated by Mexico 2–1 in the gold medal match, played on 11 August,[19] after beating Egypt, Belarus and New Zealand in the preliminary round, Honduras in the quarter-finals and South Korea in the semi-finals. Before the Games, they beat Great Britain 2–0 in a friendly game.

2016 Summer Olympics – Rio de Janeiro[edit]

Brazil finished in the first position in the group stage, ahead of Denmark (won 4–0), Iraq (tied 0–0) and South Africa (tied 0–0). In the second round, Brazil beat Colombia 2–0 and in the semi-final match, Brazil played a one-sided game against Honduras and won 6–0. In the final against Germany, on 20 August 2016 – the first match between the two teams in any FIFA-sanctioned tournament since the historic 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final – Brazil edged a 5–4 victory on penalties after a 1–1 draw. Neymar, captaining the side, scored the decisive penalty.

Honours[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

Recent results[edit]

November 15, 2015 Friendly MatchBrazil 5–1 United StatesBelém, Brazil
March 24, 2016 Friendly MatchBrazil 0–1 NigeriaCariacica, Brazil
March 27, 2016 Friendly MatchBrazil 3–1 South AfricaMaceió, Brazil
July 30, 2016 Friendly MatchBrazil 2–0 JapanGoias, Brazil

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 18 players were called up for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[25]
Caps, goals and player numbers are correct as of 21 August 2016 after the match against Germany.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Weverton* (1987-12-13)December 13, 1987 (aged 28) 5 0 Brazil Palmeiras
18 1GK Uilson (1994-04-28)April 28, 1994 (aged 22) 2 0 Brazil Atlético Mineiro

2 2DF Zeca (1994-05-16)May 16, 1994 (aged 22) 7 0 Brazil Internacional
3 2DF Rodrigo Caio (1993-08-17)August 17, 1993 (aged 23) 11 1 Brazil São Paulo
4 2DF Marquinhos (1994-05-14)May 14, 1994 (aged 22) 7 1 France Paris Saint-Germain
6 2DF Douglas Santos (1994-03-22)March 22, 1994 (aged 22) 9 0 Brazil Atlético Mineiro
13 2DF William (1995-04-03)April 3, 1995 (aged 21) 3 0 Brazil Internacional
14 2DF Luan (1993-05-10)May 10, 1993 (aged 23) 3 0 Brazil Vasco da Gama

5 3MF Renato Augusto* (1988-02-08)February 8, 1988 (aged 28) 5 0 China Beijing Guoan
8 3MF Rafinha (1993-02-12)February 12, 1993 (aged 23) 9 0 Spain Barcelona
12 3MF Walace (1995-04-04)April 4, 1995 (aged 21) 3 0 Brazil Grêmio
15 3MF Rodrigo Dourado (1994-06-17)June 17, 1994 (aged 22) 1 0 Brazil Internacional
16 3MF Thiago Maia (1997-03-13)March 13, 1997 (aged 19) 5 0 Brazil Santos
17 3MF Felipe Anderson (1993-04-15)April 15, 1993 (aged 23) 10 3 Italy Lazio

7 4FW Luan (1993-03-27)March 27, 1993 (aged 23) 9 5 Brazil Grêmio
9 4FW Gabriel (1996-08-30)August 30, 1996 (aged 19) 10 8 Brazil Santos
10 4FW Neymar* (captain) (1992-02-05)February 5, 1992 (aged 24) 14 8 Spain Barcelona
11 4FW Gabriel Jesus (1997-04-03)April 3, 1997 (aged 19) 11 5 Brazil Palmeiras

*Neymar, Renato Augusto and Weverton Pereira da Silva were the three over-aged players selected to play in the games.

Previous squads[edit]

Summer Olympics

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Since 1992, squads for Football at the Summer Olympics have been restricted to three players over the age of 23. The achievements of such teams are not usually included in the statistics of the international team.
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  14. ^ "Seleção Brasileira Restritiva (Brazilian National Restrictive Team) 2000–2003". RSSSF. September 16, 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
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