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Brazil: A new golden era on the horizon

By prolifik on August 1st, 2012 in Blow the whistle 9 comments
Brazil: A new golden era on the horizon
Superstar potential - Neymar
Although the London 2012 Olympic Games has inevitably created mass hysteria up and down the country, as far as major football tournaments go, the Olympics is not generally considered one of the major must-win events. Some nations have, in the past, been known to go into the Olympic football with a somewhat half-hearted approach, not always picking their best players and not always treating it with the credence that perhaps it deserves. But one nation that does take their Olympic football very seriously is arguably the greatest soccer nation of them all, Brazil. Coach Mano Menezes has really brought the cavalry over for London 2012 and it’s clear he is going all out to bring home the gold for Brazil.

The stipulations for the Olympics are that primarily it is for players aged 23 or under. Each nation is allowed to select three over-age players to supplement their squad. It could be said that these rules, in some ways, play into Brazil’s hands. The country is never short of young, up and coming stars, waiting for the opportunity to unleash their flamboyant skills upon the world, so the fact that most the squad has to be under the age of 23 doesn’t tend to present them any problems in selecting a team of top class talent. And the squad they have for this Olympics underlines that.

Any nation would be thrilled to have at their disposal the likes of Neymar, Alexandre Pato, Oscar and Leandro Damiao, all of whom are under the age of 23, but would undoubtedly be classified amongst the world’s elite in terms of attacking talent. In fact, the Olympics could be the springboard for a new golden era of Brazilian football. And we will get to see the birth of this great side as they compete for glory on British soil. It doesn’t get much more exciting than that.

So far they have not disappointed. The Samba stars have taken six points from their first two games, following up a 3-2 win over Egypt with a 3-1 triumph over Belarus. In the Egypt game they had amassed a three goal advantage by the half hour mark, with goals from Manchester United full-back Rafael, Leandro Damiao and Neymar. Although Egypt did manage to pull a couple of goals back in the second half, in the end it was to no avail.  

In Brazil’s second game, Belarus took a surprise lead and ironically it was Brazilian born Renan who netted with what must have been their first attack of the game. Soon after though, Pato equalised, heading in Neymar’s superbly flighted cross. In the second half, Neymar, in true Brazilian style, curled in a magnificent free kick to give Brazil the lead. Then in the last minute, he administered a deft little back flick to set Oscar racing through on goal, and the new Chelsea signing made no mistake with the finish.  

Neymar has certainly lived up to his reputation as being one of the hottest strikers in world football with some dazzling performances, demonstrating an all round game well beyond his years. At the tender age of 20, he has the potential to be the latest superstar in a production line of great Brazilian strikers and has all the attributes to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Pele, Romario, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.  

Midfielder Oscar has also impressed so far in the tournament and has shown glimpses of why Chelsea have paid Internacional a fee in the region of £25 million for his services. Oscar is another 20-year-old who looks set to go onto great things. He can play as a winger or just behind the striker and has demonstrated a willingness to run at defenders and an ability to go past them with ease and also provide an end product.

This Brazilian side is certainly not short of attacking prowess and goal threats. Pato and Leandro Damiao have also both been on target after the first two games and they also have Porto star Hulk in their line-up, as one of their three overage players. Hulk has scored 52 goals in 96 appearances for Porto and has the strength and pace to worry the toughest of defenders.  

The other overage players to feature for Brazil in the Olympics are Real Madrid left-back Marcelo, who, in traditional Brazilian full-back style, loves to go forward and makes runs down the flank at every opportunity, and their captain, Thiago Silva, who is widely renowned as one of the best centre-backs in the world. He has just transferred from AC Milan to Paris St Germain, along with his Milan team mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a combined fee of £51.5 million.  

The Brazil side also includes young Inter defender Juan, who is only 21 years of age, and Tottenham holding midfielder Sandro. Another one to look out for, who has not featured much yet, is Ganso. It has been reported that Arsenal have shown an interest in the 20-year-old attacking midfielder and he is another that looks destined for great things.  

With the talent they possess all over the park, you would have to make Brazil favourites to win gold at London 2012. And if they do, this could be just the beginning of a very fruitful era for Menezes’ side. They have all the right ingredients to be a force to be reckoned with in world football and once this team gets going, there could well be no stopping them.

Contributed by richbrawn1
By prolifik on August 1st, 2012 in Blow the whistle

Brazil: A new golden era on the horizon
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17 Aug, 2012
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