The Brazil Olympic football team (also known as Brazil under-23, Brazil U23) represents Brazil in international football competitions during Olympic Games and Pan American Games. The selection is limited to players under the age of 23, except three overage players. The team is controlled by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). Brazil U23 is one of the most successful teams in the Olympic football tournament, having won it twice (2016 and 2020).
The Olympic football tournament was the last international competition in football organized by FIFA which Brazil had never won until they won at home in 2016. They had previously won three silver medals (1984, 1988, 2012) and two bronze medals (1996, 2008). The team was often coached by the in-charge senior team coach in the past, such as Mário Zagallo in 1996, Vanderlei Luxemburgo in 2000, Dunga in 2008 and Mano Menezes in 2012.
1952–1976 Summer OlympicsEdit
Brazil's first participation in the Olympics was in Helsinki, Finland, in 1952. In that year, Brazil reached the quarter-finals, when they were eliminated by West Germany 4–2. In 1960, in Rome, Italy, in 1964 in Tokyo, Japan, in 1968 in Mexico City, Mexico, and in 1972 in Berlin, West Germany, Brazil was eliminated in the first stage. In Montreal, 1976, Brazil was defeated by Poland 2–0 in the semi-finals, then Brazil was defeated by the Soviet Union 2–0 in the bronze medal match, finishing in the fourth place. In these six participations, Brazil was represented by a team of junior or non-professional players as the Olympics did not allow professional players to participate during this period, all while state-sponsored communist players were allowed to compete.
1984 Summer Olympics – Los AngelesEdit
Starting in 1984, professional players were allowed to participate. However, European and South American teams, as traditional football powerhouses that won every single FIFA World Cup, were restricted to players with no more than five "A" caps at the start of the tournament. Brazil won its first medal in 1984, in Los Angeles, United States. In the group stage, Brazil beat Saudi Arabia 3–1, West Germany 1–0 and Morocco 2–0. In the quarter-finals Brazil defeated Canada in the penalty shootout, then they beat Italy 2–1 after extra-time in the semi-finals, but was beaten by France 2–0 in the gold medal Match, thus winning the silver medal.
1988 Summer Olympics – SeoulEdit
The second Brazilian silver medal was won in Seoul, South Korea, in 1988. Brazil won the medal after defeating in the group stage Nigeria 4–0, Australia 3–0 and Yugoslavia 2–1. In the quarter-finals Brazil beat their South American rivals Argentina 1–0, then defeated West Germany in the penalty shootout, but was defeated by the Soviet Union 2–1 after extra time in the gold medal match. Romário was the competition's top goal scorer with seven goals.
1996 Summer Olympics – AtlantaEdit
Starting in 1992, only players under the age of 23 were allowed to participate, with an exception of three overage players in the team. Brazil, managed by senior team coach, Mário Zagallo, won the bronze medal for the first time in 1996, in Atlanta, United States. In the group stage, Brazil was beaten by Japan 1–0 in the first match, then they beat Hungary 3–1 and Nigeria 1–0, finishing in the group's first position. After beating Ghana 4–2 in the quarter-finals, Brazil was defeated by Nigeria 4–3 after extra time. In the bronze medal match, Brazil beat Portugal 5–0.
2000 Summer Olympics – SydneyEdit
Brazil, managed by senior team coach, Vanderlei Luxemburgo, was eliminated in the quarter-finals. In the group stage, Brazil beat by Slovakia 3–1 in the first match, then they were beaten by South Africa 3–1. In the last group match, Brazil beat Japan 1–0 to secure the first position in the group stage. In the quarter-finals, Brazil was beaten by Cameroon 1–2, who later won the gold medal.
2003 CONCACAF Gold CupEdit
In December 2002, CBF appointed Ricardo Gomes as the coach for the Brazil Olympic team who were preparing for the 2004 Olympics. Prior to Olympic qualifying, the Brazil Olympic team or Brazil U23 was sent to compete at the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Brazil was invited to the tournament and decided to send their Under-23 team, due to their senior team competing a month earlier at the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup. Although Brazil competed with an U23 team, all the appearances and goals in this tournament were recognized by FIFA as full international caps. The Brazil U23 team advanced all the way to the final, but were defeated by Mexico 0–1 after extra time, denying Brazil the chance to be the first guest team to win the tournament. The following year Brazil failed to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games after losing out to Paraguay and Argentina in the qualifying tournament.
2008 Summer Olympics – BeijingEdit
Brazil, managed by senior team coach, Dunga, finished in the first position in the group stage, ahead of Belgium, New Zealand and China, which they beat 1–0, 5–0 and 3–0 respectively. In the second round, Brazil beat Cameroon 2–0 after extra time. Brazil and Argentina met on August 19 in the semi-final game of the competition. The game was marred by numerous fouls and two ejections for Brazil. Argentina won 3–0. In the bronze medal match, Brazil beat Belgium 3–0.
2012 Summer Olympics – LondonEdit
Brazil, under coach Mano Menezes, was defeated by Mexico 2–1 in the gold medal match, played on 11 August, after beating Egypt, Belarus and New Zealand in the preliminary round, Honduras in the quarter-finals and South Korea in the semi-finals. Before the Games, they beat Great Britain 2–0 in a friendly game.
2016 Summer Olympics – Rio de JaneiroEdit
Brazil finished in the first position in the group stage, ahead of Denmark (won 4–0), Iraq (tied 0–0) and South Africa (tied 0–0), with the two latter games were a slumpy start for Brazil. In the second round, Brazil beat Colombia 2–0 and in the semi-final match, Brazil played a one-sided game against Honduras and won 6–0. In the final against Germany, on 20 August 2016 – the first match between the two teams in any FIFA-sanctioned tournament since the historic 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final – Brazil edged a 5–4 victory on penalties after a 1–1 draw. Neymar, captaining the side, scored the decisive penalty to win the tournament for the first time ever.
2020 Summer Olympics – TokyoEdit
Brazil qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics as the runners-up of the 2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament in a rather difficult campaign. The team finished at the top of their group with 7 points, following a 4–2 win over Germany, a 0–0 draw to Ivory Coast and a 3–1 win over Saudi Arabia. They beat Egypt 1–0 in the quarter-finals, and Mexico in the semi-finals with a 4–1 victory in the penalty shootouts following a 0–0 draw in extra time. In the final against Spain, Matheus Cunha opened the score for Brazil in the first half and a Mikel Oyarzabal goal in the second half forced the match into extra time; Malcom scored the winning goal in the 108th minute, which lead Brazil to their second Olympic gold medal, consecutively after their first win in Rio five years prior.
Results and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Loss
|19 January 2020 2020 Pre-Olympic Tournament||Brazil||1–0||Peru||Armenia, Colombia|
|20:30 COT (UTC−5)||Paulinho 43'||Report||Stadium: Estadio Centenario|
Referee: Ángel Arteaga (Venezuela)
|22 January 2020 2020 Pre-Olympic Tournament||Brazil||3–1||Uruguay||Estadio Hernán Ramírez Villegas, Pereira|
||Referee: Facundo Tello (Argentina)|
|28 January 2020 2020 Pre-Olympic Tournament||Brazil||5–3||Bolivia||Armenia, Colombia|
|20:30 COT||Report||Stadium: Estadio Centenario|
Referee: Facundo Tello (Argentina)
|31 January 2020 2020 Pre-Olympic Tournament||Brazil||2–1||Paraguay||Armenia, Colombia|
||Stadium: Estadio Centenario|
Referee: Piero Maza (Chile)
|3 February 2020 2020 Pre-Olympic Tournament||Brazil||1–1||Colombia||Estadio Alfonso López, Bucaramanga|
||Referee: Ángel Arteaga (Venezuela)|
|6 February 2020 2020 Pre-Olympic Tournament||Brazil||1–1||Uruguay||Estadio Alfonso López, Bucaramanga|
||Referee: Eber Aquino (Paraguay)|
|9 February 2020 2020 Pre-Olympic Tournament||Argentina||0–3||Brazil||Estadio Alfonso López, Bucaramanga|
|20:30||Report||Referee: Alexis Herrera (Venezuela)|
|14 November 2020 Friendly||Brazil||3–1||South Korea||Cairo, Egypt|
|14:00 (UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Al Salam Stadium|
|17 November 2020 Friendly||Egypt||2–1||Brazil||Cairo, Egypt|
||Stadium: Cairo International Stadium|
|5 June 2021 Friendly||Brazil||1–2||Cape Verde||Belgrade, Serbia|
|21:00 UTC+2||Pedro 38' (pen.)||Report||L. Semedo 45'
W. Semedo 83'
|Stadium: Partizan Stadium|
Referee: Novak Simović (Serbia)
|8 June 2021 Friendly||Serbia||0–3||Brazil||Belgrade, Serbia|
|21:00 UTC+2||Report||Arana 34'
Pedro 75', 77'
|Stadium: Partizan Stadium|
Referee: Miloš Ðordic (Serbia)
|15 July 2021 Friendly||Brazil||5–2||United Arab Emirates||Novi Sad, Serbia|
|21:00 UTC+2||Diego Carlos 43'
Cunha 84', 90+1'
|Report||Nino 21' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Karađorđe Stadium|
Referee: Marko Ivković (Serbia)
|22 July 2021 2020 Olympics GS Group D||Brazil||4–2||Germany||Yokohama, Japan|
|17:30 UTC+9||Richarlison 7', 22', 30'
|Stadium: International Stadium Yokohama|
Referee: Iván Barton (El Salvador)
|25 July 2021 2020 Olympics GS Group D||Brazil||0–0||Ivory Coast||Yokohama, Japan|
|17:30 UTC+9||Report||Stadium: International Stadium Yokohama|
Referee: Ismail Elfath (United States)
|28 July 2021 2020 Olympics GS Group D||Saudi Arabia||1–3||Brazil||Saitama, Japan|
|17:00 UTC+9||Al-Amri 27'||Report||Cunha 14'
Richarlison 76', 90+3'
|Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002|
Referee: Bamlak Tessema (Ethiopia)
|31 July 2021 2020 Olympics Quarter-finals||Brazil||1–0||Egypt||Saitama, Japan|
|19:00 UTC+9||Cunha 37'||Report||Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002|
Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)
|3 August 2021 2020 Olympics Semi-finals||Mexico||0–0 (a.e.t.)|
|17:00 UTC+9||Report||Stadium: Kashima Stadium|
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria)
- Caps and goals correct as of 7 August 2021, after the match against Spain.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Aderbar Santos*||17 March 1990||7||0||Athletico Paranaense|
|12||GK||Brenno||1 April 1999||1||0||Grêmio|
|22||GK||Lucão||26 February 2001||1||0||Vasco da Gama|
|2||DF||Gabriel Menino||29 September 2000||5||0||Palmeiras|
|3||DF||Diego Carlos*||15 March 1993||7||1||Sevilla|
|4||DF||Ricardo Graça||16 February 1997||3||0||Vasco da Gama|
|6||DF||Guilherme Arana||14 April 1997||11||1||Atlético Mineiro|
|13||DF||Dani Alves* (captain)||6 May 1983||7||0||São Paulo|
|14||DF||Bruno Fuchs||1 April 1999||8||0||CSKA Moscow|
|15||DF||Nino||10 April 1997||14||0||Fluminense|
|16||DF||Abner||27 May 2000||3||0||Athletico Paranaense|
|5||MF||Douglas Luiz||9 May 1998||13||2||Aston Villa|
|8||MF||Bruno Guimarães||16 November 1997||18||0||Newcastle United|
|18||MF||Matheus Henrique||19 December 1997||19||1||Grêmio|
|19||MF||Reinier Jesus||19 January 2002||16||3||Borussia Dortmund|
|20||MF||Claudinho||28 January 1997||9||0||Red Bull Bragantino|
|7||FW||Paulinho||15 July 2000||24||7||Bayer Leverkusen|
|9||FW||Matheus Cunha||27 May 1999||24||21||Hertha BSC|
|10||FW||Richarlison||10 May 1997||6||5||Everton|
|11||FW||Antony||24 February 2000||22||6||Manchester United|
|17||FW||Malcom||26 February 1997||9||1||Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|21||FW||Gabriel Martinelli||18 June 2001||8||1||Arsenal|
Overage Players are marked with asterisk (*).
The following players have been called up to a Brazil under-23 squad in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Cleiton||19 August 1997||5||0||Red Bull Bragantino||v. Serbia U24, 8 June 2021|
|GK||Gabriel Brazão||5 October 2000||0||0||Oviedo||v. Serbia U24, 8 June 2021|
|GK||Phelipe Megiolaro||8 February 1999||3||0||FC Dallas||v. Egypt U23, 17 November 2020|
|GK||Daniel Fuzato||4 July 1997||1||0||Gil Vicente||v. Egypt U23, 17 November 2020|
|DF||Gabriel Magalhães||19 December 1997||4||0||Arsenal||2020 Summer Olympics INJ|
|DF||Guga||29 August 1998||15||1||Atlético Mineiro||v. Serbia U24, 8 June 2021|
|DF||Luiz Felipe||22 March 1997||2||0||Lazio||v. Serbia U24, 8 June 2021|
|DF||Vitão||2 February 2000||0||0||Shakhtar Donetsk||v. Serbia U24, 8 June 2021|
|DF||Emerson Royal||14 January 1999||10||0||Tottenham Hotspur||v. Cape Verde, 5 June 2021 WIT|
|DF||Roger Ibañez||23 November 1998||6||0||Roma||v. Cape Verde, 5 June 2021 INJ|
|DF||Caio Henrique||31 July 1997||11||0||Monaco||v. Egypt U23, 17 November 2020|
|DF||Lyanco||1 February 1997||11||0||Torino||v. Egypt U23, 17 November 2020|
|DF||Dodô||17 November 1998||5||0||Shakhtar Donetsk||v. Egypt U23, 17 November 2020|
|DF||Murilo||27 March 1997||5||0||Lokomotiv Moscow||v. Egypt U23, 17 November 2020|
|DF||Ayrton Lucas||19 June 1997||1||0||Spartak Moscow||v. South Korea U23, 14 November 2020 WIT|
|MF||Douglas Augusto||13 January 1997||1||0||PAOK||2020 Summer Olympics INJ|
|MF||Gerson||20 May 1997||2||0||Marseille||2020 Summer Olympics WIT|
|MF||Liziero||7 February 1998||1||0||São Paulo||v. Serbia U24, 8 June 2021|
|MF||Wendel||28 August 1997||12||1||Zenit Saint Petersburg||v. Egypt U23, 17 November 2020|
|MF||Maycon||15 July 1997||5||0||Shakhtar Donetsk||v. Egypt U23, 17 November 2020|
|MF||Mauro Júnior||6 May 1999||4||0||PSV Eindhoven||v. Egypt U23, 17 November 2020|
|MF||Gustavo Assunção||20 March 2000||2||0||Famalicão||v. Egypt U23, 17 November 2020|
|MF||Marcos Antônio||13 June 2000||2||0||Shakhtar Donetsk||v. Egypt U23, 17 November 2020|
|MF||Tetê||15 February 2000||2||0||Shakhtar Donetsk||v. Egypt U23, 17 November 2020|
|MF||Lucas Paquetá||27 August 1997||0||0||Lyon||v. South Korea U23, 14 November 2020 WIT|
|FW||Pedro||20 June 1997||10||5||Flamengo||2020 Summer Olympics WIT|
|FW||Rodrygo||9 January 2001||6||1||Real Madrid||v. Serbia U24, 8 June 2021|
|FW||Evanilson||6 October 1999||3||0||Porto||v. Serbia U24, 8 June 2021|
|FW||David Neres||3 March 1997||2||0||Ajax||v. Egypt U23, 17 November 2020|
|FW||Danilo||7 April 1999||1||0||Twente||v. Egypt U23, 17 November 2020|
|FW||Pedrinho||13 April 1998||15||3||Shakhtar Donetsk||v. South Korea U23, 14 November 2020 INJ|
Overage players in Olympic GamesEdit
|Tournament||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3|
|Aldair (DF)||Rivaldo (MF)||Bebeto (FW)|
|Did not select|
|Thiago Silva (DF)||Ronaldinho (MF)||Did not select|
|Thiago Silva (DF)||Marcelo (DF)||Hulk (FW)|
|Weverton (GK)||Renato Augusto (MF)||Neymar (FW)|
|Aderbar Santos (GK)||Diego Carlos (DF)||Dani Alves (DF)|
Professionalism restriction era (1952–1988)Edit
- Newton Cardoso (1952–1959)
- Gradim (1959–1960)
- Vicente Feola (1960)
- Antoninho (1960–1962)
- Sylvio Pirillo (1962–1963)
- Antoninho (1963–1964)
- Vicente Feola (1964)
- Celso Marão (1968)
- Antoninho (1971–1972)
- Zizinho (1975–1976)
- Cláudio Coutinho (1976)
- Mário Travaglini (1979)
- Jaime Valente (1979–1980)
- Gílson Nunes (1983)
- Cléber Camerino (1984)
- Jair Picerni (1984)
- Jair Pereira (1986)
- Carlos Alberto Silva (1987–1988)
- Ernesto Paulo (1991–1992)
- Carlos Alberto da Luz (1994)
- Mario Zagallo (1994)
- Pupo Gimenez (1995)
- Jairo Leal (1995)
- Mario Zagallo (1996)
- Vanderlei Luxemburgo (1999–2000)
- Valinhos (2003)
- Ricardo Gomes (2003–2004)
- Lucho Nizzo (2007)
- Dunga (2008)
- Ney Franco (2011–2012)
- Mano Menezes (2012)
- Alexandre Gallo (2014–2015)
- Rogério Micale (2015–2016)
- André Jardine (2019–2021)
- Most goals scored
- Matheus Cunha 21 goals
- Most goals scored in a single match
- Aírton (7 goals) vs. United States, 28 April 1963
- Caio (4 goals) vs. Bolivia, 23 February 1996 (U-23 era)
- First goal scored
- Biggest victories
- 14–0 vs. Nicaragua, 17 October 1975
- 10–0 vs. United States, 28 April 1963
- 9–0 vs. Colombia, 30 January 2000
- 9–1 vs. Haiti, 2 September 1959
- 7–0 vs. Trinidad and Tobago, 23 October 1975
- 7–0 vs. United States, 7 April 1999
- 7–0 vs. Trinidad and Tobago, 12 January 2000
- 7–1 vs. Colombia, 27 December 1959
Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.
CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic TournamentEdit
For the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics, the qualification tournament was the South American Youth Football Championship.
Pan American GamesEdit
- Summer Olympics:
- Pan American Games:
- CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament:
- South American Games:
- Bronze Medalists (1): 1986
- Camel Nations Cup:
- Winners: 1988
- Copa Mercosur:
- Winners: 1995
- Wuhan Youth Soccer Tournament:
- Winners: 2014
- Since 1992, squads for Football at the Summer Olympics have been restricted to three players over the age of 23. The achievements of such teams are not usually included in the statistics of the international team.
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