2012 Olympics Preview: Brazil - Belarus

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  PROBABLE LINEUPS


BRAZIL

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

BELARUS

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


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.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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