Neymar left out of Brazil's team for Tokyo Olympics, Dani Alves named captain

Neymar has been left out Brazil's football team for the Tokyo Olympics. Dani Alves has been named as the captain.

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Neymar has previously said he wants to play at the Tokyo Olympics, but the final list confirms the Paris Saint-Germain forward won't be competing in Japan.   -  Getty Images

Defending champion Brazil named 38-year-old defender Dani Alves to its Olympic football team on Thursday. However, star player Neymar was not named in the squad.

Neymar has previously said he wants to play at the Tokyo Olympics, but the list confirms the Paris Saint-Germain forward won't be competing in Japan. Alves was expected to be in Brazil's squad for Copa America, but the former Barcelona star picked up a knee injury before the tournament began. He has also played as a midfielder for his club Sao Paulo.

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Coach Andrs Jardine also selected 31-year-old goalkeeper Santos of Athletico Paranaense and 28-year-old defender Diego Carlos of Sevilla.

The 16 men's teams at the Tokyo Olympics can select three over-age players in their rosters. The lineup includes Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Spain. Men’s football kicks off ahead of the July 23 opening ceremony in Tokyo. The Brazil men’s football team won gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Santos (Athletico Paranaense), Brenno (Gremio)

Defenders: Dani Alves (Sao Paulo), Gabriel Menino (Palmeiras), Guilherme Arana (Atletico Mineiro), Gabriel Magalhaes (Arsenal), Nino (Fluminense), Diego Carlos (Sevilla)

Midfielders: Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa), Bruno Guimaraes (Lyon), Gerson (Flamengo), Claudinho (Red Bull Bragantino), Matheus Henrique (Grêmio)

Forwards: Matheus Cunha (Hertha Berlim), Malcom (Zenit), Antony (Ajax), Paulinho (Bayer Leverkusen), Pedro (Flamengo)

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