Paris Saint-Germain stars Neymar and Marquinhos were omitted from Brazil’s final Tokyo Olympics squad list.
For Neymar, he aimed to make Brazil’s Olympic football team as he aspired to win a second consecutive gold medal in the Summer Games.
Still, the Brazil Football Confederation (CBF) elected not to include Neymar and Marquinhos in the squad list as it instead went with veterans Dani Alves, Santos and Diego Carlos to fill the team’s trio of 24 and over spots.
Brazil U-23 coach Andre Jardine had an early wish list for his Tokyo Olympics squad list, which included both Neymar and Marquinhos. But as Jardine revealed to the Brazilian-based outlet SporTV (via UOL), there was one key reason as to why both stars did not make the team.
“We did not know long before which players above the age we would call, we tried to leave two or three names per position,” Jardine said.
“Neymar and Marquinhos was a wish of ours, not only mine, of the entire CBF, but we knew it would be a very difficult release. We imagined that it would be very difficult for any player from Europe who is in the Copa America to play the Olympics because players need a vacation and European clubs appreciate it a lot.”
Neymar and Marquinhos are currently set to take part in the upcoming 2021 Copa America knockout stage where they will begin by featuring in Brazil’s upcoming quarterfinal clash against Chile.
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