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Neymar with the Brazil squad.

Comparing Brazil's current Olympic squad to the one that featured in London 2012

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Brazil are one of the strongest football sides in this summer's Olympics, if not the strongest. 

With the games being held on Brazilian soil, this is the ideal opportunity for the Selecao to bag an Olympic football gold medal having marginally lost out in London four years ago. 

Having impressed throughout the tournament in 2012, Neymar and co. fell short in the final against a resolute Mexican team, the central American nation running out 2-1 winners at Wembley. 

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Now that the tournament is taking place in their own backyard, the five-time World Cup winners are overwhelming favorites to clinch gold medal. 

Strong Squad in 2012

Heading into the competition in London, the Brazilian team had a host of young and talented players in their ranks. 

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The likes of Oscar, Neymar, Danilo, Ganso, Lucas Moura, and Alex Sandro had just emerged onto the international scene, with a great deal of promise accompanying them. 

All of the aforementioned players have gone on to play for big teams across Europe and are well recognised faces in football today. 

More experienced and seasoned players in the squad included captain Thiago Silva, Marcelo, and Hulk, who were manager Mano Menezes' three over-23 players selected for the tournament as per the rules of the Olympics. 

Brazil Training Session - 2014 FIFA World Cup

Therefore, the samba boys went into the competition as firm favorites back then as well. For most of their run, they seemed to have been fulfilling their potential as the giants of the tournament, winning all games up to the final. 

Despite narrow wins against Egypt in the group stages and Honduras in the quarter-finals, the mighty South American nation never broke a sweat, until coming up against a talented Mexican side in the deciding game. 

Current Team and Prospects

Neymar, who was one of the under-23 players during the London games, is now the team captain, having also led the nation during the 2014 World Cup, also held in Brazil. 

Now recognised as one of the best players in the world, the Barcelona forward will be looking to bury the ghosts of the previous tournament and seal a much expected victory for the host nation.

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Arguably the best player on show during this summer's event, Neymar will have the responsibility of carrying the Brazilian team and lighting up the competition.  

The 24-year-old is joined by Renato Augusto and goalkeeper Weverton as the three over age players in the 18-man squad. 

Leading the forward line with Neymar, will be highly rated strikers, Gabriel and Gabriel Jesus, the latter recently signing for Manchester City. 

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Other fairly recognisable players in the squad are Lazio's Felipe Anderson, Barcelona's Rafinha, and Paris Saint-Germain's Marquinhos, all of whom are established players for their clubs and have been the subject of speculation regarding potential transfers this summer. 

Despite the promising nature of the team, the quality on show is not as eye-catching as four years ago. 

Brazil has always been regarded as a production line of talented players, and will always be considered as one of favorites to win any competition they are a part of. The same applies for this summer's competition. 

Having played out a drab goalless draw against South Africa in the opening game of the tournament, the team will be looking to get into the winning habit as soon as possible.

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The nation are still reeling from the historic 7-1 hammering at the hands of current world champions Germany in the semi-finals two years ago. 

What made that defeat even more bitter was the fact that Brazil were playing in front of their own fans. The team should be therefore, even more charged and motivated to land the gold medal this time around. 

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