International Football: Ronaldo Backs Brazil to Shine at 2012 London Olympics
The 2012 London Olympics is Brazil's time to shine—at least according to former legend Ronaldo, who recently spoke out about his country's chances at the upcoming Olympics.
Despite never winning the tournament, the former striker believes that Brazil are in a great position for the upcoming Olympics and that they can go all the way and win the gold medal, speaking via Reuters.
"There's no reason why we [Brazil] fail at the Olympics, which we take very seriously.
"In some way these are already a successful Games for us because Argentina (winners in 2004 and 2008) were eliminated in the qualifiers and cannot defend their title, so now would be perfect if we became champions in their place..."
Brazil will be looking to win their first gold medal at the Olympics; their 12 previous attempts since 1952 have yielded little success.
They were runners-up in both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics and won bronze in 1996 and 2008, but have never clinched the tournament. Which really, for a nation with the rich footballing prestige and history of Brazil, seems unthinkable.
The South American giants are considered one of the favorites of the tournament alongside Spain and both should progress through their groups with relative ease.
Brazil announced their squad recently and boast a plethora of young attacking talent as well as experienced and complete defenders. They must be considered a genuine threat to the gold medal but the question is—can they go all the way at the 2012 London Olympics?
We won't have to wait long to find out.
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