Fans back Neymar to lead Brazil to gold

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Brazil have the empathic backing to end 60 years of Olympic hurt by securing the gold medal at this summer's Olympic football tournament for the first time in the country's history.

A Seleção can boast the most talented squad on display at London 2012; counting among their number several of the game's next generation of global football superstars.

Neymar is the most prominent name in Brazil's 18-man group, but will be ably supported by Oscar - who looks set to join Chelsea - and £30 million-rated Manchester United target Lucas Moura.

With a squad so rich in talent, Brazil have understandably been installed as the favourites for this summer's competition with bookmakers, and football fans have supported this assertion.

GiveMeFootball polled over 50,000 football supporters to discover who they believe will claim gold in London, and almost half of them predicted that Brazil would emerge victorious.

Neymar and Co were backed by 49 percent of voters to win the gold medal - an accolade Brazil have strived to achieve since first entering into Olympic football at the 1952 Games in Helsinki.

It comes a somewhat as a surprise that Brazil have never claimed the top Olympic prize, given their relative dominance in the World Cup over the same time period, but they have been backed to end their drought this year.

Spain, meanwhile, have reigned supreme on the European and global stage over the past four years, and should arguably be regarded as favourites for the Olympics given the strength of their squad.

La Roja have a number of players who claimed the under-21 European Championships last summer, while Javi Martinez and Juan Mata are both included for the Olympics after playing a part in the senior squad's triumph at Euro 2012.

However, Spain polled less than half the number of votes that Brazil attracted, with 20 percent of fans believing they would be able to add the gold medal to the one they claimed on home soil in 1992.

Only five percent further behind Spain were Great Britain, who enter into the tournament for the first time since the Rome Games of 1960, and possibly for the final time ever.

Managed by Stuart Pearce and captained by Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs, Team GB possess a talented squad but cannot match their competitors for cohesion, given their recent formation.

Both Mexico and Uruguay also received some backing in the poll, with six percent and four percent respectively, but given that the latter have included Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez in their squad, perhaps they deserve to be taken more seriously.

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