We’ve received a massive boost this evening after it was revealed that Roberto Firmino has been left out of Brazil’s Olympic squad.
Here is the Brazilian squad in full:
All the players on the list still need to be released by their clubs – though given this is the only time the squad will get to play in the Olympic games in their own country, most clubs will allow them to travel.
The absence of Firmino is a massive boost for us; if he’d travelled, he would have missed the vast majority of the pre-season, as well as the first three games of the new season.
Teams are allowed three over-23 players in their squad. Firmino was widely thought to be under consideration from boss Rogerio Micale, but he instead opted for goalkeeper Fernando Prass from Palmeiras and forwards Douglas Costa and Neymar from Bayern Munich and Barcelona respectively.
The Olympics is the only major trophy Brazil have not won. They lost to Mexico in the 2012 final in London.