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6 hours ago

Brazil to select Neymar for Olympics team in 2016

Neymar, center, will be in search of gold after winning a silver medal at the London Olympics in 2012.

Brazil will select Neymar as one of Brazil's three over-age players for the 2016 Olympics, manager Alexandre Gallo said on Thursday.

Olympic teams are made up of under-23 players with the addition of up to three older players.

Gallo will call up Barcelona's Neymar along with one or two other over-age players. 

"I will take three players," Gallo told Sportv. "Or rather two. One will be Neymar. You can't think about Brazilian football without thinking of him."

Rio de Janeiro will be the host...

1 day ago

Rogerio Ceni keeps goals out and scores them too. Why is he the outlier?

Goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni scored his 123rd goal in Sao Paulo's 2-1 win over Bahia in the Brasileiro.

"It's not even football. It's striking a ball. It's two things: physics, because you have to hit the ball properly, and psychology, because you have to know where to put it. And you have to remain calm. But many more people could do it, if only, like me, they had the courage [to try]."

That quote stuck with me ever since I heard it nine years ago. It came from a footballer known for his prowess at taking free kicks. And it struck me because it wasn't anodyne crap -- aka, what many professional...

By ESPN Staff
6 days ago

Dunga yet to appoint permanent captain

Brazil's head coach Dunga has yet to appoint a permanent captain ahead of the team's friendlies in Europe next month.

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6 days ago

Luiz Adriano full of ambition for Brazil and Shakhtar Donetsk

It was goals galore for Shakhtar Donetsk and Luiz Adriano who tallied five goals, four of which were in the first half against BATE Borisov.

Mention Luiz Adriano to any Shakhtar Donetsk fan or keen observer of the UEFA Champions League and they would invariably show bemusement over the bagel-shaped number of national team call-ups the striker had until Thursday when he was handed a maiden Brazil call-up by manager Dunga.

There are several explanations for this absence, the most important one being the obscurity of the Ukrainian Premier League and Shakhtar's iron grip on their domestic league in the last five seasons. One could also...

7 days ago

Thiago Silva, Lucas Moura back in Brazil squad for November friendlies

Brazil coach Dunga believes handing the captaincy to Neymar has helped the playmaker's performances for the Selecao.

SAO PAULO -- Paris Saint-Germain players Thiago Silva and Lucas are back in Brazil's squad for friendlies against Turkey and Austria next month.

It's their first call-ups by Dunga since he became coach after the World Cup. Thiago Silva was captain of the World Cup squad but has been injured, while Lucas hasn't played for Brazil for a year.

Brazil will play Turkey on Nov. 12 in Istanbul, and Austria in Vienna on Nov. 18.

The 23-player list announced on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro included Barcelona's...