Brazil’s Olympic soccer coach, Andre Jardine, mentioned on Thursday he needs to select star ahead Neymar for the Games in Tokyo later this yr, however admitted it would be “tough.” Neymar inspired Brazil to their first Olympic gold medal in football on home soil in 2016, ending a six-decade odyssey. “Given we want to take the strongest possible squad, Neymar is our main player,” Jardine mentioned in an interview printed on the Globo Esporte web site. Any potential participation for Neymar would wish his French membership Paris Saint Germain’s settlement since they’re below no obligation to launch gamers for competitions not organized by soccer’s most important governing our bodies, equivalent to FIFA.
The possibilities of Neymar, 29, collaborating are slim as he is because of play within the Copa America in Argentina and Colombia from June 13 to July 11.
The Olympic soccer event begins simply 10 days later and is because of end on August 8, two days after the beginning of the French Ligue 1 season.
Brazil have been drawn in Group D alongside Germany — whom they beat within the 2016 ultimate — in addition to Ivory Coast and Saudi Arabia.
Each Olympic soccer staff is allowed 18 gamers of which solely three can be over 23 years of age.