Brazil Olympic Soccer Team: 2012 Roster Predictions & Analysis

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Brazil Olympic Soccer Team: 2012 Roster Predictions & Analysis
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Calling the 2012 Brazilian men’s Olympic soccer team a gold-medal contender is something akin to calling the sky blue.

For goodness sake, it's Brazil. Five World Cups, 190 million soccer-mad residents and a list of top European club players that extends for days. Any sane Olympic soccer preview would concede that the Brazilians, once they finish picking a team, will feature one of the deepest, most talented rosters in London.

The challenge becomes putting that paper to pitch, a surprisingly difficult task considering that Brazil, for all its soccer accomplishments, has never won the Olympic gold medal.

Never. Not once. I know, it's crazy.

On March 14, manager Mano Menezes released a preliminary list of 52 players made eligible for the final Olympic squad. By June 8 that list will shrink to 35, and on July 6 Brazil will announce its final roster of 18 (see previous link for details).

Let's take an early stab at how the squad might look and how the Brazilians might fare as they chase that elusive Olympic gold.

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