Menezes looking towards London
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Brazil coach Mano Menezes has said he will focus the next year on preparing a competitive squad for the Men's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012, which will serve as the basis for the side that will compete in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

"The team (for the World Cup) has not been selected. We'll make our choice after the (London) Olympics," Menezes said.

Brazil are hosting the FIFA World Cup in three years time and Menezes is gradually building a new-look squad, with the likes of Damiao, Neymar, Ganso and Fernandinho given the chance to shine.

We have in mind a team to have a great Olympic Games.
Mano Menezes, Brazil coach

Menezes said the main squad would play a friendly match against an undetermined opponent in February and would include a "good percentage of Olympic-age players."

"For the (London) Olympics we have a clear idea of what we are going to do. We have in mind a team to have a great Olympic Games," Menezes added.

Since he took over as national coach, Menezes has notched up 12 victories, five draws and three losses. Despite five straight victories as of late, Menezes came under fire after Brazil's shock defeat by Paraguay in the Copa America in July and losses in friendlies against France and Germany earlier this year.