Add Brazil to the list of contenders for Olympic gold after including Ronaldinho and Robinho as overage players on its squad, which was named on Monday.
Ronaldinho and Robinho are joined by defender Thiago Silva as over-age players. Kaka originally intended to play in the Olympics but AC Milan denied his request.
Here is the full Brazil squad, along with their potential starting lineup:
Brazil Olympic Team
Goalkeepers: Diego Alves (Almeria), Renan (Internacional).
Defenders: Ilsinho (Shakhtar Donetsk), Rafinha (Shalke), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Alex Silva (Sao Paulo), Breno (Bayern Munich), Thiago Silva (Fluminense).
Midfielders: Anderson (Manchester United), Diego (Werder Bremen); Hernanes (Sao Paulo), Lucas (Liverpool), Ronaldinho (FC Barcelona), Thiago Neves (Fluminense).
Forwards: Alexandre Pato (AC Milan), Jo (Manchester City), Rafael Sobis (Real Betis), Robinho (Real Madrid).
So what might this lineup look like? Here’s a potential starting XI:
That right there is a great lineup and I’m having second thoughts about having handed Argentina the gold last week. That back four for Brazil could be very good and also dangerous with Marcelo and Rafinho charging down the wings. I also think Jo could start at target forward in a 4-3-3, with Lucas going to the bench.
Then there is the matter of Ronaldinho. Will he show up in shape and be ready to play well, or will he become a distraction and burden? If he plays well, Brazil can win gold. If not, he could distract the squad.
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