Neymar, Douglas Costa headline Brazil men's Olympic roster

Wednesday June 29th, 2016

Two of Brazil's top talents who were absent from Copa America will be leading the Seleção in their quest to capture a first Olympic gold medal on home soil. 

Barcelona's Neymar and Bayern Munich's Douglas Costa headline Brazil's 18-man roster for Rio 2016, which was revealed on Wednesday. The squad, coached by Brazil Under-20 manager Rogerio Micale after Dunga was fired following Brazil's Copa America ouster, also includes 37-year-old goalkeeper Fernando Prass as the third over-age player. The likes of Thiago Silva, David Luiz and Marcelo, who were passed over for Copa America, will not be suiting up at the Olympics either. 

The Under-23 contingent is led by Gabriel Barbosa, known as Gabigol. The 19-year-old Santos striker is tabbed as Brazil's "next big thing" up top, and he has two goals in four appearances with the senior national team. PSG's Marquinhos, Barcelona's Rafhina and Lazio's Felipe Anderson are also set to star for the host nation, which settled for silver in the 2012 Olympics in London, falling to Mexico in the gold medal match.

Here is Brazil's Olympic roster in full:

GOALKEEPERS: Fernando Prass (Palmeira), Uilson (Atletico Mineiro)

DEFENDERS: Marquinhos (PSG), Luan (Vasco da Gama), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Zeca (Santos), William (Internacional), Douglas Santos (Atletico Mineiro)

MIDFIELDERS: Thiago Maia (Santos), Rodrigo Dourado (Internacional), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Rafinha (Barcelona), Felipe Anderson (Lazio)

FORWARDS: Neymar (Barcelona), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras), Gabriel Barbosa (Santos), Luan (Gremio)

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