Brazil coach hopes to free Neymar to participate with the Olympic team

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Brazil coach hopes to free Neymar to participate with the Olympic team

AFP

SEBASTIAN CASTANEDA

Brazil Olympic coach Andre Jardin has revealed that he wants to include Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar in his team, which is preparing to defend his title as champion of the football competition in the Tokyo Olympics.

The coach of the Olympic team said: “Since we want the strongest possible team to participate, Neymar is one of the main pillars.”

However, any participation by Neymar in the ranks of the Seleção needs the approval of the French capital club, because the latter is not obliged to release its player in a competition not recognized by the International Football Federation, which is the case with the Olympic football competition.

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The Brazilian team, led by Neymar, was crowned the title in the last edition in Rio de Janeiro by beating Germany in a penalty shootout, noting that the Brazilian star scored the decisive kick in the final match, granting his country the first title in the history of his Olympic participation.

Neymar’s chances of participating in the Olympic Games are considered slim, as he will defend the colors of the national team in the South American Cup of Nations (Copa America) from June 13 to July 11, while the football competition begins in the games only ten days later and ends after two days. From the start of the new season in the French League.

It is noteworthy that the Olympic football draw has placed Brazil in a difficult group, along with Germany, Ivory Coast and Saudi Arabia.

It is noteworthy that each Olympic team will be composed of 18 players, including 3 over the age of 23.

Source: “AFP”





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