Star studded Brazil look to win first Olympic football gold
LONDON, AUG 11 -
Brazil coach Mano Menezes insists there is no chance his players will underestimate Mexico as the five-time world champions look to win a first Olympic gold in the men’s final at Wembley on Saturday.
While Brazil have graced the World Cup with some of the best players and most dazzling performances, the Selecao have never managed to replicate those golden moments at the Games.
Brazil were bronze medallists in 2008 but this weekend’s showdown with Mexico will be their first Olympic final since 1988 in Seoul, when a team led by Romario and Bebeto finished with the silver. The South Americans also won the silver in the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.
Brazil’s Olympic angst has increased since Argentina won gold in Beijing four years ago and the prospect of taking the top prize previously held by their arch rivals, who failed to qualify for the London Games, has only increased the motivation in Menezes’s squad. Brazil are unbeaten in their five matches, scoring three times in each game to take their tally to 15 goals en route to the final.
The pick of the bunch have been Chelsea’s new playmaker Oscar, Santos striker Neymar and Leandro Damiao, who struck twice in the semi-finals. With that trio in such inspired form, Menezes has been able to give only cameo roles to top-class talents like Porto striker Hulk and AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato, while Manchester United target Lucas Moura has often failed to get off the bench.
Posted on: 2012-08-11 08:59