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BRAZIL

Brazil have never won gold at the Olympics and are desperate to win. Their team will be strong  and they stand a good chance of making this Olympics their first win after coming close in Atlanta in 1996. This is some information about their better players:

Name : Alex

Position : Midfielder

Date of birth : 14/9/77

Team : Palmeiras (Brazil)

Notes : Part of World Youth Cup team in 1997. Made his international debut V Yugoslavia in September 1998. Part

 of Copa America and Confederations Cup squads in 1999. Playmaker of team.

 

Name : Athirson

Position : Defender

Date of birth : 16/1/77

Team : Flamengo (Brazil)

Notes : Part of World Youth Cup team in 1997. Made his international debut in Confederations Cup against New

 Zealand in Mexico in 1999.

 

Name : Denilson

Position : Midfielder

Date of birth : 24/8/77

Team : Real Betis (Spain)

Notes : Made his international debut Vs Syria in April 1995. Attracted attention from European clubs with his brilliant

 performances on the wing for Brazil. Eventually moved from Sao Paulo to Real Betis for a then world record 21.5

 million. Came on as a substitute regularly in Brazil's run to the 1998 World Cup final.

 

Name : Fabio Junior

Position : Forward

Date of birth : 22/11/77

Team : Roma (Italy)

Notes : Made his international debut Vs Ecuador in October 1998. After a series of impressive performances was

 bought by Roma for 9.5 million

 

Name : Felipe

Position : Midfielder

Date of birth : 2/9/77

Team : Vasco da Gama (Brazil)

Notes : Won Brazilian Championship and Copa Libertadores with Vasco da Gama. Talented dribbling left back/

 midfielder. Destined for move to Europe.

 

Name : Ronaldinho

Position : Forward

Date of birth : 21/3/80

Team : Gremio (Brazil)

Notes : Scored a brilliant goal in his Copa America debut, then finished as top scorer in the Confederations Cup in

 1999. Will probably make a European move at the end of the season.

 

 

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