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Neymar to Play in 2016 Olympics

  • ESPN FC, Friday, October 31, 2014 1:32 PM

Neymar will be joining the Brazil squad for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, coach Alexandre Gallo confirmed on Thursday. The Barcelona forward, who will be 24 at the time of the Summer Games, will be added to the squad as one of its three over-age players. FIFA has designated the Olympics as a U-23 tournament, although each country is allowed to call-up as many as three overage players.

"I will take three players," Gallo told Sportv. "Or rather two. One will be Neymar. You can't think about Brazilian soccer without thinking of him." The Olympics is the only major international tournament that Brazil has yet to win. In London in 2012, Neymar and Brazil had to settle for silver after losing the gold medal game to Mexico.

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