Brazil Olympics Soccer Team: 5 Players Who Could Impact the 2014 World Cup
The 2014 World Cup will take place in Brazil, and the Brazilians could not ask for a better site to try to reclaim their place atop the football world.
However, first on the agenda is the 2012 Summer Olympics, where the team will try to take home a gold medal.
The Under-23 team appearing at the Games this summer has five players who will be playing during the World Cup and who could have a huge impact. Although they are on the youth team right now, they could play a huge role in front of their hometown fans in 2014.
Lucas Moura has been a great player for the Brazilians. At 19 years old, he is already a good attacking wing for the international team.
With over 100 appearances in club play and 15 in international play, he has become an experienced player before he turned 20.
He's only scored once in international play, but he looks to tack on to that number in London. I'd be surprised if he didn't.
With more experience at the international level, he could become a star for the Brazilians by the time the World Cup rolls around.
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The 22-year-old Alexandre Pato already has an impressive resume with A.C. Milan and the international squad.
Dating back to the 2007-08 season, he has 61 goals in 143 games for his club. However, what's more impressive is that he has six goals in just 10 games on the international stage.
While he has not had much experience with Brazil, his ratio of goals per game is incredible—and he has a lot of potential.
If he can continue to improve and have a stellar performance in London, we could see him playing a huge role in 2014.
Paulo Henrique Ganso
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The 22-year-old Paulo Henrique Ganso has been playing since he was seven years old, and has been a young star.
He has played 59 games in his senior career, scoring 10 goals. His national team success has been a bit underwhelming, scoring just one goal in seven games with the under-20 team and not scoring any in eight games with the national team.
However, he has been a solid player, and the the Brazilians appear to have high hopes for him. He could see some time during the World Cup if he continues to improve.
Oscar Dos Santos
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Oscar Dos Santos is another attacking midfielder who looks to make a splash during the World Cup. By the time 2014 rolls around, he will be 22, and he could be a star.
He's played a total of 22 international games, and he has impressed during some of them. He has shown that he is a great player with his current club, Internacional, scoring 11 times in 36 games as a midfielder.
He has a lot of potential, and stringing together a couple of good showings at the Olympics will help him join the squad for the World Cup.
Neymar Da Silva Santos Júnior
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Neymar is a 20-year-old striker who looks to help Brazil capture their first Olympic gold in country history.
He has high expectations for the squad, and believes that winning gold would prove that the country is on the right track to win the World Cup as well.
He plays for Santos in the Brazilian Series A, and has been very impressive. He joined in 2003, and he has built his way up to becoming an international star.
He's scored an incredible 18 goals in his last 20 games, not to mention racking up six assists. He has been a great offensive player, and could demonstrate his talents during the World Cup.