Douglas Costa and 37-year-old Prass join Neymar in Brazil’s Olympic squad

The likes of Thiago Silva was among those to miss out as Under-20 coach Rogerio Micale revealed the group that will hunt the Selecao’s first gold medal
Douglas Costa and 37-year-old Palmeiras goalkeeper Fernando Prass will join Neymar in the Brazil squad at the Rio Olympics, coach Rogerio Micale announced on Wednesday.
Veteran Prass and Bayern Munich’s Costa join the Barcelona star to make up the Selecao’s three permitted overage players.
Captain Neymar returns to the squad after sitting out of this month’s Copa America Centenario in the USA in order to lead the quest for gold. Doulgas Costa was forced to pull out of Copa Ameirca through injury.
Olympic squads must be made up of at least fifteen under-23 players, born on or after 1 January 1993. Each nation is permitted to name up to three overage players.
Rio 2016 is not included in the men’s international match calendar, however, and earlier this month a FIFA spokesperson confirmed that “clubs are not under any obligation to release players for the tournament, irrespective of the player’s age.”
Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva was rumoured to have made the 35-man preliminary squad, which was not made public, but has missed out along with fellow Olympic hopefuls Willian, Filipe Luis and Miranda, with suggestions their respective European clubs were unwilling to release them for the competition.
Thiago Silva has not appeared for his country since Copa America 2015.
Five-time world champions Brazil are desperate to secure the one remaining title for which they are eligible but yet to win.
It will be the second time in two years the Selecao will attempt to lift a major title on home soil following World Cup 2014, when their campaign ended in the ignominy of a 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany.
Previous coach Dunga was set to lead Neymar and Brazil into the Rio games but his dismissal last month saw Under-20 coach Micale handed the reigns.
Brazil kick have been drawn in Group A of the Rio Olympics men’s football tournament and kick-off their campaign against South Africa in Brasilia on August 4.
Brazil’s Rio 2016 squad in full
Goalkeepers: Fernando Prass (Palmeiras), Uilson (Atletico Mineiro).
Defenders: Luan (Vasco), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Douglas Santos (Atletico Mineiro), Zeca (Santos), Willian (Internacional).
Midfielders: Rafinha (Barcelona) Rodrigo Dourado (Internacional), Fred (Shakhtar), Thiago Maia (Santos), Felipe Anderson (Lazio).
Forwards: Neymar (Barcelona), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Barbosa (Santos), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras), Luan (Gremio).

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