Dunga asks Neymar to focus more on Olympics than Copa America
Brazil coach Carlos Dunga has notably revealed he is keen to enlist Neymar to the Olympic Games, where the South African U23 team could possibly face the FC Barcelona superstar.
Neymar’s precise summer plans are a hot-button issue, as Brazil looks favourite to win the Copa America 2016 in the United States and also the 2016 Summer Olympic Games taking place in Rio de Janiero. Brazil’s chances of doing so would substantially improve with Neymar in tow, but he must choose wisely one tournament following a lengthy club-soccer season played with Barcelona.
Brazil coach Dunga on Wednesday emphasized on Neymar to sit out the Copa America and rather help Brazil pursue the first Olympic gold medal in the nation’s storied soccer history. “If I have to choose between Copa America and the Olympics, I prefer to see (Neymar) in the Olympics,” Dunga told the popular Brazilian television channel Esporte Interativo, according to Sky Sports. “It’s hard to choose, but I think, given the importance of trying to win the only medal that Brazil does not have, the fact that we are playing at home. We need to talk to Barcelona, the team, Neymar, to see what is best for all three.”
The 2016 Summer Olympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the host nation is eager to win the football tournament for the first time.
Each team is permitted to select three over-age players (older than 23) for the tournament, which is going to take place between 5 and 20 August, and Neymar is positively being considered for one of those slots in the Brazil team.
While Dunga has officially said he would prefer Neymar to take part in the Olympics rather than the Copa America (which runs from 3 to 26 June), there is a solid chance the Blaugrana forward will be featuring in both tournaments.
“We are counting on him. He has also said he hopes to play. So we are going to talk, Brazil, Neymar and Barcelona, and see what is best for all three.”