Brazil Still Favorite to Win 2012 Olympic Football Gold
The Brazilians have always been known for their soccer dominance throughout the world, especially in the early 1960’s, and their success has always been tied with ability to make the game fun. New skipper, Mano Menezes, has the team playing much more relaxed than when they were under former coach Dunga, and the CBF is back to their dominating ways in this year’s Olympics.
Brazil has outscored their opponents amazingly 9-3 so far in the 2012 Olympic football tournament, as they secured victories over New Zealand (3-0), Belarus (3-1), and their only test, Egypt (3-2). They are getting better with each match and are looking very scary to their quarterfinal foe, Honduras.
Brazil has been lead by their franchise player, Neymar da Silva Santos Jr., or simply Neymar to the lament. The 20-year old prodigy had to fill some large cleats coming into the national team, with Pele’s looming legacy, but the youngster has done well so far. He has already scored an amazing 2 goals in his three Olympic caps and is faster with the ball than more players are without it. Neymar is truly showcasing his skills for the world to see, especially to any Italian and/or English suitors with a heavy checkbook.
Striker, Leandro Damiao, has also been a key part of the offense’s success. He has pushed the ball well up field and assisted a beautiful goal by midfielder, Danilo, in the team’s victory over New Zealand. Also forward, Hulk, is leading the team with 3 goals and has become the perfect compliment to Neymar up top. If there is one thing the Brazilians will always bring to the pitch, it is a strong offense.
The only concern for the Brazilians chances to take gold is between the woodwork. Their starting goaltender, Rafael, suffered an ill-timed injury right before the Olympics began, leaving the team to turn to the unproven, Neto. However, the team is playing so strongly right now, they can afford to give up a goal here or there. They just have to hope that one of their finals matches does not come down to penalty kicks, because Neto’s inexperience will surely be exposed.
Brazil is still a heavy favorite to win the the gold and the team is hoping that it will be the beginning of a nice title run that will end in Rio De Janeiro in 2014 with a World Cup title.
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