Brazil unveils preliminary Olympic roster

Brazil unveils preliminary Olympic roster

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Brazil unveils preliminary Olympic roster

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Brazil is considered by most to be the favorite (if not co-favorite with Spain) to take home the gold medal at this summer's Olympics in London and for good reason — the potential roster is stacked with talent.

Headlined by Under-23 standouts Neymar, Paulo Henrique Ganso, Lucas, Philippe Coutinho, Leandro Damiao and Alexandre Pato, a 52-man preliminary roster was assembled by manager Mano Menezes, one that may prove difficult to trim down.

Even though overage options Kaka and Robinho were left off the provisional roster, ones that made the first cut include Ronaldinho, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Thiago Silva, Hulk, David Luiz and Julio Cesar. Only three of them will be able to be selected for the final roster per competition rules.  

Menezes will trim the roster down to 35 players on June 8 — a little more than a week after his senior side faces the U.S. men's national team — and he will turn in his final 18-man roster on July 6.

Here is the 52-man preliminary roster:

BRAZIL'S PRELIMINARY OLYMPIC ROSTER

  • Adriano (Barcelona)
  • Alex Sandro (Porto)
  • Alexandre Pato (Milan)
  • Allan (Vasco)
  • André (Atlético Mineiro)
  • Bernard (Atlético Mineiro)
  • Bruno Uvini ( Tottenham)
  • Casemiro (São Paulo)
  • Daniel Alves (Barcelona)
  • Danilo (Porto)
  • David Luiz (Chelsea)
  • Dedé (Vasco)
  • Diego Alves (Valencia)
  • Douglas Costa (Shaktar Donetsk)
  • Dudu (Dínamo de Kiev)
  • Elias (Sporting)
  • Elkeson (Botafogo)
  • Fagner (Vasco)
  • Fernandinho (Shaktar Donetsk)
  • Fernando (Grêmio)
  • Gabriel (Cruzeiro)
  • Gabriel Silva (Novara)
  • Galhardo (Flamengo)
  • Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos)
  • Giuliano (Dnipro)
  • Henrique (Granada)
  • Hernanes (Lazio)
  • Hulk (Porto)
  • Jefferson (Botafogo)
  • Jonas (Valencia)
  • Juan (Internazionale)
  • Julio Cesar (Internazionale)
  • Leandro Damião (Internacional)
  • Lucas (São Paulo)
  • Lucas Mendes (Coritiba)
  • Luisão (Benfica)
  • Marcelo (Real Madrid)
  • Marquinhos (Corinthians)
  • Neto (Fiorentina)
  • Neymar (Santos)
  • Oscar (Internacional)
  • Philippe Coutinho (Espanyol)
  • Rafael (Manchester United)
  • Rafael Cabral (Santos)
  • Renan Ribeiro (Atlético Mineiro)
  • Romário (Internacional)
  • Rômulo (Vasco)
  • Ronaldinho (Flamengo)
  • Sandro (Tottenham)
  • Thiago Silva (Milan)
  • Wellington Nem (Fluminense)
  • Willian José (São Paulo)

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What do you think of that collection of talent? Which three Brazilian overage players would you take? Think Brazil will end up taking the gold?

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