Brazil national under-23 football team

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Brazil Olympic
Nickname(s) A Seleção (The National Team)
Association Confederação Brasileira de Futebol
(Brazilian Football Confederation)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Rogério Micale[1]
Captain Neymar
FIFA code BRA
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
Appearances 12 (First in 1952)
Best result Runners-up Silver medal icon.svg: 1984, 1988 and 2012
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Silver medal – second place 1984 Los Angeles Team
Silver medal – second place 1988 Seoul Team
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta Team
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Team
Silver medal – second place 2012 London Team

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 12 participations, Brazil won three silver medals (1984, 1988 and 2012) and two bronze medals (1996, 2008).

The Olympic football tournament is the only international competition in football organized by FIFA that Brazil has never won, although they have won three silver medals (1984, 1988 and 2012) and two bronze medals (1996, 2008).[2] The Brazilian Olympic team is often coached by the current national team coach, such as Mário Zagallo in 1996, 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.[3] In 1960, in Rome, Italy,[4] in 1964 in Tokyo, Japan,[5] in 1968 in Mexico City, Mexico,[6] and in 1972 in Berlin, West Germany,[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] Romário was the competition's top goal scorer with seven goals.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16] In the second round, Brazil beat Cameroon 2–0 after extra time.[17] 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.[18] In the bronze medal match, Brazil beat Belgium 3–0.[19]

2012 Summer Olympics – London[edit]

Brazil, under coach Mano Menezes, was defeated by Mexico 2–1 in the gold medal match, played on August 11,[20] 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 the Great Britain team 2–0 in a friendly game.

Previous squads[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 18 players were called up for for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[21] Neymar, Renato Augusto and Fernando Prass were the three over-aged players selected to play in the games.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Fernando Prass* (1978-07-09) July 9, 1978 (age 38) 0 0 Brazil Palmeiras
18 1GK Uilson (1994-04-28) April 28, 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Brazil Atlético Mineiro

14 2DF Luan (1993-05-10) May 10, 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Brazil Vasco da Gama
4 2DF Marquinhos (1994-05-14) May 14, 1994 (age 22) 0 0 France Paris Saint-Germain
3 2DF Rodrigo Caio (1993-08-17) August 17, 1993 (age 22) 5 0 Brazil São Paulo
2 2DF Zeca (1994-05-16) May 16, 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Brazil Santos
6 2DF Douglas Santos (1994-03-22) March 22, 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Brazil Atlético Mineiro
13 2DF William (1995-04-03) April 3, 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Brazil Sport Club Internacional

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

9 4FW Gabriel (1996-08-30) August 30, 1996 (age 19) 5 3 Brazil Santos
7 4FW Luan (1993-03-27) March 27, 1993 (age 23) 4 3 Brazil Grêmio
11 4FW Gabriel Jesus (1997-04-03) April 3, 1997 (age 19) 3 1 Brazil Palmeiras
10 4FW Neymar* (1992-02-05) February 5, 1992 (age 24) 7 4 Spain Barcelona

Competitive record[edit]

Recent results[edit]

Honours[edit]

Note: Players marked with an asterisk (*) are the three overage players allowed to augment the under-23 squad. Note: The ages listed for the players are their current ages, not their ages during the tournament.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://sportv.globo.com/site/programas/rio-2016/noticia/2016/01/selecao-olimpica-deveria-ter-treinador-diferente-da-selecao-principal-diz-pc.html
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Games of the XV. Olympiad". RSSSF. October 25, 1999. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Games of the XVII. Olympiad". RSSSF. October 26, 1999. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Games of the XVIII. Olympiad". RSSSF. November 3, 1999. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Games of the XIX. Olympiad". RSSSF. November 3, 1999. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  7. ^ "XX. Olympiad Munich 1972 Football Tournament". RSSSF. November 13, 1999. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Montreal 1976 – Fixtures and Results". FIFA.com. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Los Angeles 1984 – Fixtures and Results". FIFA.com. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Seoul 1988 – Fixtures and Results". FIFA.com. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  11. ^ "XXIV. Olympiad Seoul 1988 Football Tournament". RSSSF. November 15, 1999. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  12. ^ "XXV. Olympiad Atlanta 1996 Mens Football Tournament". RSSSF. November 21, 1999. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  13. ^ "XXVII. Olympiad Sydney 2000 Mens Football Tournament". RSSSF. August 22, 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2002–2003". RSSSF. October 11, 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Seleção Brasileira Restritiva (Brazilian National Restrictive Team) 2000–2003". RSSSF. September 16, 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Resultados" (in Portuguese). Terra. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Brazil – Cameroon Score". Yahoo Eurosport. Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Argentina goleia Brasil e defronta Nigéria na final" (in Portuguese). TSF. August 19, 2008. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  19. ^ "Brazil downs Belgium for men's soccer bronze". CBC. August 22, 2008. Archived from the original on July 23, 2009. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  20. ^ Irvin, Duncan (August 11, 2012). "Mexico Wins Soccer Gold Medal, 2–1". New York Times. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  21. ^ http://globoesporte.globo.com/olimpiadas/futebol-olimpico/noticia/2016/06/neymar-e-mais-17-selecao-que-tentara-ouro-olimpico-e-convocada-por-micale.html

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