Neymar to be called up for Brazil's 2016 Olympic team

Neymar will be selected as one of Brazil`s three over-age players for the 2016 Olympics, the team`s manager Alexandre Gallo said on Thursday.

Reuters| Updated: Oct 31, 2014, 09:08 AM IST
Neymar to be called up for Brazil's 2016 Olympic team

Sao Paulo: Neymar will be selected as one of Brazil`s three over-age players for the 2016 Olympics, the team`s manager Alexandre Gallo said on Thursday.

Olympic soccer gold is the only major title Brazil have not won and with Rio de Janeiro hosting the Games the pressure is on - even with the tournament still almost two years away.

Gallo said he would call up Barcelona striker Neymar and two other over-age players. All teams must take under-23 squads but are permitted three over-age players.

"I will take (those) three players," Gallo said in an interview with Sportv. "Or rather two. One will be Neymar. You can`t think about Brazilian football without thinking of him."

The decision could mean Neymar will face a punishing schedule in 2016. The U.S. is to host a special Centenary Copa America in June. The Olympics take place in August.