2012 Olympics Preview: Brazil - Belarus




Rafael, Thiago Silva, Juan, Marcelo
Sandro, Romulo
Hulk, Damiao Neymar


Polyakov, Kozlov, Kuzmenok, Politevich
Dragun, Bressan, Solovei, Gordeichuck, Baga

After it managed to hold off a late recovery from Egypt in its first game, which finished 3-2, Brazil coach Mano Menezes is unlikely to change what is his strongest available side.

Meanwhile, having also enjoyed victory in its opening game, Belarus will probably keep the same 4-5-1 formation that served it so well.


  • Brazil has never won the Olympic football tournament in its history, despite having claimed the World Cup on five occasions.

  • The Brazilians failed to qualify for the 2004 Olympics, as they suffered defeats to Paraguay and Argentina in the CONMEBOL qualifying tournament.

  • Every player in its squad apart from two have been capped by the full Brazil side, with the exceptions being goalkeepers Gabriel and Neto.

  • Brazilian striker Neymar (pictured right) has been the subject of intense speculation over a possible transfer to Europe, but has so far remained at Santos.

  • Brazil and Belarus have never faced each other in a senior international football game.

  • Belarus is making its Olympic football debut at this tournament, having first participated in the Toulon Tournament earlier this year with Egypt, Morocco, Mexico and Japan.

  • Only two Belarus squad members are based outside their home country for their club football – goalkeeper Filip Vaytekhovich plays for Sweden’s IK Frej and striker Sergei Kornilenko plays for Krylia Sovetov Samara in Russia.

  • Belarus’ squad comprises many players who reached the semifinals of the Under-21 European Championship in 2011.
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