Neymar given number 10 as Brazil prepare for Olympic Games

Neymar is to wear the famous number 10 shirt, as Brazil goes in extreme search of their long-awaited first Olympic gold medal.

Neymar given number 10 as Brazil prepare for Olympic Games
Brazil celebrating a goal against Japan (Photo: CBF)

Just a day before the big event in Rio, Brazil revealed players jersey numbers, as the team goes in search of Brazil’s long-awaited first Olympic gold medal.

Brazil will host South Africa, Iraq and Denmark in group A, where they will play their opening match against South Africa on Thursday, 4 August at Mane Garrincha stadium in Brasilia. The second match versus Iraq will be played at the same venue on Sunday, 7 August, before the team will travel to Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador on Wednesday, 10 August. There they will play Denmark for their last match of the group stage.

On 31 July, 38-year-old goalkeeper Fernando Prass left the squad due to an injury he sustained on his elbow and 28-year-old Atletico Paranaense’s Weverton Pereira da Silva earned his first ever call-up to replace the former.

Neymar in training for Olympic games | Photo: CBF
Neymar in training for Olympic games | Photo: CBF

Brazil’s trio Gabriel Barbosa (Gabigol), Neymar and Gabriel Jesus will wear number 9, 10 and 11. Barcelona’s Rafinha is to wear number 8, while the other two over-age players apart from Neymar, namely, Weverton and Renato Augusto will wear numbers 1 and 5 respectively. 

Full list of the squad jersey numbers

 Number  Position              Player                Club
1 GK Weverton Pereira Atletico Paranaense
2 DF Zeca Santos
3 DF Rodrigo Caio Sao Paulo
4 DF Marquinhos Paris Saint German
5 MF Renato Augusto Beijing Guoan
6 DF Douglas Santos Atletico Mineiro
7 FW Luan Gremio
8 MF Rafinha Alcantara Barcelona
9 FW Gabriel Barbosa (Gabigol) Santos
10 FW Neymar Barcelona
11 FW Gabriel Jesus Palmeiras
12 MF Walace Gremio
13 DF Willian Internacional
14 DF Luan Garcia Vasco da Gama
15 MF Rodrigo Duorado Internacional
16 MF Thiago Maia Santos
17 FW Felipe Anderson S.S Lazio
18 GK Uilson Atletico Mineiro

Brazilian press has expressed admiration for coach Rogerio Micale’s modern footballing ideas and desire to build a firm team.

Brazil undergo preparations | Photo: CBF
Brazil undergo preparations | Photo: CBF

One of the tactical formations Micale is testing in training is a 4-2-3-1, with Gabriel Jesus as a lone striker. Neymar left, Gabigol right and either of Felipe Anderson or Rafinha as number 10. Thiago Maia and Renato Augusto as two defensive midfielders. Douglas Santos left-back, Zeca right-back, with Marquinhos and Rodrigo Caio as centre-backs. These are the position most of the players occupied at their clubs recently.