The coach of the Brazilian soccer team is hoping to be able to count on Neymar during the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Brazil football team coach André Jardine hopes to select Neymar for the Tokyo Olympics and defend the country’s gold medal won in Rio in 2016, while admitting that it will be “complicated”. “We want to constitute the strongest selection possible”, Jardine said in an interview Thursday at the portal Globo Esporte. “Neymar is the main player of our selection and the main Brazilian player in activity”, he continued, believing that selecting the PSG star would constitute “a very big leap in quality” for the Brazil team.
“We understand that it is a complicated situation (…) It is a question which is beyond me as a coach”, Jardine admitted, however. The possible presence in Tokyo of the 29-year-old Brazilian striker would only be possible if there is an agreement between the Brazilian Football Confederation and Paris Saint-Germain, who are not obliged to loan the player for a competition. not organized by Fifa.
During the Tokyo Olympics, which will take place from July 21 to August 8, Brazil is in Group D of the men’s football tournament with Germany, Côte d’Ivoire and Saudi Arabia. Each country can summon 18 players, including three over the age of 24, and has until June 30 to do so. During the Rio Games in 2016, Brazil won the football tournament by winning on penalties against Germany (1-1, 5-4 tab). Neymar had scored the Brazil goal as well as the decisive shot on goal.