Despite a glorious past that
includes five World Cup triumphs, Brazil have never struck gold
in the Olympics and former striker Ronaldo thinks it is now
their time to shine.
The Olympic football tournament will feature some of the
world's top names with Brazil, world champions Spain, the old
Olympic kings from Uruguay and a rare appearance from host
nation Britain, all in with a chance of glory.
Among the leading individuals involved in the men's
competition are Brazilians Neymar, Hulk, Thiago Silva and
Alexandre Pato, Uruguay's Luis Suarez and Spain's Juan Mata and
Jordi Alba, who both scored in their victory over Italy in the
final of Euro 2012.
Brazil, naturally, are among the contenders and will attempt
to overcome their Olympic nemesis by winning the gold medal for
the first time at their 13th attempt since they first competed
Former Brazilian striker Ronaldo, a World Cup winner in 2002
and an Olympic bronze medalist in 1996, told Reuters it was
Brazil's time to win gold.
"There is no real reason why we fail at the Olympics, which
we take very seriously," he said.
"In some way these are already a successful Games for us
because Argentina [winners in 2004 and 2008] were eliminated in
the qualifiers and cannot defend their title so now would be
perfect if we became champions in their place."
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