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Neymar and Hulk in Olympics squad

July 5, 2012
By ESPN staff

Santos starlet Neymar, Porto forward Hulk and AC Milan centre-back Thiago Silva have all been included in a heavy-weight Brazil squad for the London 2012 Olympics.

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Hulk and Thiago Silva are two of the over-age players in the team, with Real Madrid defender Marcelo taking the quota to the maximum of three.

Santos striker Neymar, whose club future has been the subject of almost constant speculation, has scored nine goals in 18 games for the senior team, and will be joined by another experienced youngster in AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato.

Tottenham midfielder Sandro, Manchester United full-back Rafael and highly-rated Santos youngster Ganso, who is expected to make big money move to Europe this summer, also make the cut.

Brazil are aiming to win their first Olympic football title and have been drawn in Group C along with Egypt, Belarus and New Zealand.

They play a warm-up friendly against Stuart Pearce's Team GB side at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium on July 20.