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Thursday Kickoff: Neymar, Brazil, Payet and more

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After club side Barcelona said their star Brazilian attacker won’t be leaving the Camp Nou next season, Brazil has named Neymar to its 19-man roster ahead of the Olympics.

Barcelona has confirmed that the 24-year-old will remain with the La Liga champions and is set to sign a deal in the coming days. Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Thursday, “Neymar is not going to go from Barca, he is not going to leave.” (REPORT)

Neymar and Douglas Costa are among the biggest names that will feature for Brazil at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Both attackers will serve as over-age players for the Selecao. (REPORT)

Dimitri Payet’s agent, Jacques-Olivier Auguste, believes the French attacker will remain at West Ham United next season despite rumors of the 29-year-old being linked to Real Madrid and Inter Milan. (REPORT)

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots won’t rule out Eden Hazard for the team’s quarterfinals clash against Wales on Friday despite the Chelsea attacker missing training all week due to thigh discomfort. (REPORT)

Hulk has completed a move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG for over $60 million from Zenit Saint Petersburg. During his time with the Russian Premier League club, the Brazilian netted 77 goals. (REPORT)

Aaron Mooy of Melbourne City FC is set to join sister club Manchester City. The 25-year-old netted 11 goals and contributed 21 assists during Melbourne’s most recent campaign. (REPORT)

Southampton has hired Claude Puel as the club’s next head coach after Ronald Koeman’s exit this offseason. Puel helped guide Lyon to a fourth-place finish in Ligue 1 during the 2015/16 campaign. (REPORT)

Liverpool has announced that young forward Jerome Sinclair has completed a move to Watford. (REPORT)


U.S. Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann is being linked to the England coaching position after Roy Hodgson’s exit. (REPORT)

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers knocked out Orlando City SC, defeating the Lions 2-1 in the Round of 16 at the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night. The Strikers are the only non-MLS side remaining in the competition. (REPORT)

Defending Open Cup champions Sporting KC have been eliminated from this year’s tournament following a 3-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo. (REPORT)

SBI takes a look at the top 10 goals from the Copa America Centenario. (REPORT)

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