Brazil have contested 12 of the 23 Men’s Olympic Football Tournaments held to date, a record that only Italy and USA can surpass, with 15 and 13 appearances respectively. Somewhat surprisingly, however, the five-time world champions have never won Olympic gold, the only FIFA men’s title they have yet to get their hands on. Bronze medallists at Atlanta 1996 and Beijing 2008, they reached the final at Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988 and London 2012, but had to be content with silver on each occasion.
The Road to Rio
Though already guaranteed an Olympic berth in their capacity as hosts, Brazil took part all the same in the 2015 South American U-20 Championship, the qualifying competition for Rio 2016. A Canarinha scored three wins in taking second place in Group B behind hosts Uruguay, to whom they lost. Further defeats came against Argentina and Colombia in the final phase, in which they finished fourth with a mere seven points. When they run at Rio 2016, the boys in yellow and green will be tasked with restoring national pride following A Seleção’s chastening exit at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
Dunga (1984); Taffarel, Jorginho, Ricardo Gomes, Mazinho, Romario (1988); Dida, Roberto Carlos, Bebeto, Rivaldo, Ronaldo (1996), Ronaldinho (2000 and 2008); Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Neymar (2012).
Over the years Brazil have amassed 100 points in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament, a total bettered only by Italy’s 102.