Brazil national under-23 football team

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Brazil Olympic
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) A Seleção (The National Team)
Association Confederação Brasileira de Futebol
(Brazilian Football Confederation)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Dunga
Captain Dória
Home stadium Various
First colors
Second colors
First international
 Brazil 5–1 Netherlands 
(Turku, Finland; July 16, 1952)
Biggest win
 Brazil 5–0 Republic of China 
(Rome, Italy; August 29, 1960)
 Brazil 5–0 Portugal Flag of Portugal.svg
(Athens, GA, United States; August 2, 1996)
 Brazil 5–0 New Zealand 
(Shenyang, China; August 10, 2008)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 3–0 Brazil 
(Beijing, China; August 19, 2008)
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).[1] 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.


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 sent 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.[2] In the second round, Brazil beat Cameroon 2–0 after extra time.[15] 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.[16] In the bronze medal match, Brazil beat Belgium 3–0.[17]

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,[18] 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 23 players were called for the friendly matches in 23-30 March 2015.[19][20]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK David (1995-06-16) June 16, 1995 (age 20) Brazil Criciúma
1GK Jacsson (1994-03-12) March 12, 1994 (age 21) Brazil Internacional
1GK Jean (1995-10-26) October 26, 1995 (age 19) Brazil Bahia
2DF Dória (1994-11-08) November 8, 1994 (age 20) Brazil São Paulo
2DF Douglas Santos (1994-03-22) March 22, 1994 (age 21) Brazil Atlético Mineiro
2DF João Pedro (1996-11-15) November 15, 1996 (age 18) Brazil Palmeiras
2DF Luan (1993-05-10) May 10, 1993 (age 22) Brazil Vasco da Gama
2DF Maicon (1993-03-10) March 10, 1993 (age 22) Italy Livorno
2DF Rodrigo Ely (1993-11-03) November 3, 1993 (age 21) Italy Avellino
2DF Wallace (1994-10-14) October 14, 1994 (age 20) France Monaco
2DF Wendell (1993-07-20) July 20, 1993 (age 22) Germany Bayer Leverkusen
3MF Danilo (1996-02-28) February 28, 1996 (age 19) Portugal Braga
3MF Felipe Anderson (1993-04-15) April 15, 1993 (age 22) Italy Lazio
3MF Fred (1993-03-05) March 5, 1993 (age 22) Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
3MF Lucas Silva (1993-02-16) February 16, 1993 (age 22) Spain Real Madrid
3MF Marcos Guilherme (1993-08-17) August 17, 1993 (age 21) Brazil Atlético Paranaense
3MF Rafael Alcântara (1993-02-12) February 12, 1993 (age 22) Spain Barcelona
3MF Rodrigo Caio (1993-08-17) August 17, 1993 (age 21) Brazil São Paulo
3MF Talisca (1994-02-01) February 1, 1994 (age 21) Portugal Benfica
4FW Alisson (1993-06-25) June 25, 1993 (age 22) Brazil Cruzeiro
4FW Erik Lima (1994-07-18) July 18, 1994 (age 21) Brazil Goiás
4FW Vinícius Araújo (1993-02-22) February 22, 1993 (age 22) Belgium Standard Liège
4FW Vitinho (1993-10-09) October 9, 1993 (age 21) Brazil Internacional

Competitive record[edit]

Recent results[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.


  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.
  2. ^ a b "Games of the XV. Olympiad". RSSSF. October 25, 1999. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Games of the XVII. Olympiad". RSSSF. October 26, 1999. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Games of the XVIII. Olympiad". RSSSF. November 3, 1999. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Games of the XIX. Olympiad". RSSSF. November 3, 1999. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  6. ^ "XX. Olympiad Munich 1972 Football Tournament". RSSSF. November 13, 1999. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Montreal 1976 – Fixtures and Results". Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Los Angeles 1984 – Fixtures and Results". Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Seoul 1988 – Fixtures and Results". Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  10. ^ "XXIV. Olympiad Seoul 1988 Football Tournament". RSSSF. November 15, 1999. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  11. ^ "XXV. Olympiad Atlanta 1996 Mens Football Tournament". RSSSF. November 21, 1999. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  12. ^ "XXVII. Olympiad Sydney 2000 Mens Football Tournament". RSSSF. August 22, 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2002–2003". RSSSF. October 11, 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Seleção Brasileira Restritiva (Brazilian National Restrictive Team) 2000–2003". RSSSF. September 16, 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Brazil – Cameroon Score". Yahoo Eurosport. Retrieved September 5, 2008. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Argentina goleia Brasil e defronta Nigéria na final" (in Portuguese). TSF. August 19, 2008. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Brazil downs Belgium for men's soccer bronze". CBC. August 22, 2008. Retrieved September 5, 2008. [dead link]
  18. ^ Irvin, Duncan (August 11, 2012). "Mexico Wins Soccer Gold Medal, 2–1". New York Times. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  19. ^ CBF
  20. ^ CBF

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