Defending champions Brazil name men's squad for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Football Tournament

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 22: Dani Alves of Brazil celebrates after scoring the fourth goal of his team during the Copa America Brazil 2019 group A match between Peru and Brazil at Arena Corinthians on June 22, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 22: Dani Alves of Brazil celebrates after scoring the fourth goal of his team during the Copa America Brazil 2019 group A match between Peru and Brazil at Arena Corinthians on June 22, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Dani Alves, Douglas Luis, Malcom and Matheus Cunha among the biggest on the squad list, as South American giants name 18-man squad for the Games. 

The Brazilian squad that will be hoping to defend their Olympic football crown at Tokyo 2020 (in 2021) has been named by the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol.

The most decorated name on the list is 38-year-old former Barcelona player, Dani Alves, who now plays for Sao Paulo in the Brazilian league. The right-back won three Champions League titles, with the last coming in a stellar 2015 season in which Barca won the league, cup and European cup treble.

Joining him in Tokyo is another former Barcelona player, Malcom, who now plays for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Russian league.

Another of the names on the list is Hertha BSC's Matheus Cunha, who plies his trade in the Bundesliga. Cunha showed his silky skills when he scored the Puskas Award-winning goal in 2019 (see below).

Among the standout players from Brazil's domestic league, Claudinho of Red Bull Bragantino is sure to be one of the top names to watch at this year's Olympics. The talented attacking midfielder won last year's Brazilian Player of the Year Award (Craque do Brasileirão).

Brazil's full squad for the Tokyo 2020 football tournament:

Goalkeepers:

Santos (Athletico Paranaense)

Brenno (Gremio)

Defenders:

Daniel Alves (Sao Paulo)

Gabriel Menino (Palmeiras)

Guilherme Arana (Atlético Mineiro)

Nino (Fluminense)

Gabriel Magalhães (Arsenal)

Diego Carlos (Sevilla)

Midfielders:

Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa)

B. Guimarães (Olympic Lyon)

Matheus Henrique (Gremio)

Gerson (Flamengo)

Claudinho (Red Bull Bragantino)

Attackers:

Malcom (FC Zenit)

Antony (Ajax)

Paulinho (Bayer Leverkusen)

Matheus Cunha (Hertha BSC)

Pedro (Flamengo)

Can Brazil become back-to-back Olympic champions?

Brazil start their Olympic campaign against Germany on 22 July in the International Stadium Yokohama. They then go on to play Côte d'Ivoire on 25 July, before ending the group stages with a match against Saudi Arabia in Saitama Stadium.

The match-up against Germany is a repeat of the Rio 2016 final, which Brazil won 5-4 on penalties after the game finished 1-1 after extra time. In that match, a first-half free-kick from Neymar was cancelled out by a Max Meyer strike in front of a 78,000-strong crowd at the famed Maracana stadium.

An exuberant Neymar exclaimed after the game: "This is one of the best things that has happened in my life. That's it."

There will, however, be no chance of a second Olympic gold for Neymar, who was not selected for the tournament. Instead, the chance to win back-to-back Olympic golds - and the pride that comes with that - will lie in the hands of a new group of footballers, including Dani Alves, Malcom and Douglas Luis.

Men’s Football Final - Rio 2016
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Two great football nations, Brazil and Germany, clashed in an epic gold medal final featuring Neymar against twins Lars and Sven Bender.

Schedule for Group D at Tokyo 2020

22 July 2021 17:30

Brazil vs Germany

22 July 2021 20:30

Côte d'Ivoire vs Saudi Arabia

25 July 2021 17:30

Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire

25 July 2021 20:30

Saudi Arabia vs Germany

28 July 2021 17:00

Saudi Arabia vs Brazil

28 July 2021 17:00

Germany vs Côte d'Ivoire