Brazil wins Copa America Femenina

Brazil has won the Copa America Femenina and in the process has qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in 2019 (for the 8th consecutive time) and the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo in 2020. Brazil played seven games in the Copa America , won seven, scoring 31 goals and conceding just two.

Chile has taken the second spot for the World Cup, but will have a play off with an African nation for a spot at the Toky Olympics.

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Rio de Janeiro unveils the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic look

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With now less than two years until the start of the Rio Olympics on 5 August 2016, the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games has launched and unveiled the new “look” for the Games.

The look will become familiar over the coming years and at the games itself as it will be used to decorate and enhance the sports facilities and the city, in addition to appearing on tickets, uniforms, credentials, licensed products, stores and more.

People that know Rio well will recognise many of the city’s famous landmarks that have been woven into the colourful design.

The new image, the organisers say, was inspired by Brazil, Brazilians and Rio de Janeiro:  “The look is multicoloured and vibrant as the harmonic diversity of our people. The look is organic and engaging like an embrace, inspired by our lush nature and human warmth. It brings fluid and energetic features, like our art, our identity.”

The games has also unveiled the logos to be used by the cities hosting the Olympic football tournament. As well as Rio de Janeiro (Maracanã) they include the World Cup host cities and stadiums of Belo Horizonte (Mineirão), Brasilia (Mané Garrincha), Salvador (Fonte Nova) and São Paulo (Arena de São Paulo).

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Maracanã almost ready for business and the World Cup

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The final touches are taking place at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro so that it can be ready to host its first matches since it closed its doors after a game between Flamengo and Santos on 5 September 2010.

The first game after 912 days, is expected to take place on 27 April 2013 between two teams made up of the friends of Brazilian World Cup legends Ronaldo and Bebeto.

The first official game at the “new” stadium, and the first the general public will be allowed to attend, will be on 2 June when Brazil takes on England.

The capacity of the “new” Maracanã, which is scheduled to host three Confederations Cup matches in June, including the final on 30 June, will be 78,639. The stadium is set to host seven matches during the FIFA World Cup in 2014, including the final. It will also host the opening and closing ceremonies during the 2016 Olympic Games.

259 athletes represent Brazil at London Olympics

Brazil is to be represented by 259 athletes (136 men, 123 women) at the London 2012 Olympic Games. They will be competing in 32 different disciplines including both men and women’s football.

The Brazilian Olympic Committee (Comitê Olímpico Brasileiro – COB) expects that the total haul of medals will be similar to that achieved by Brazil in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics, when the country won 15 medals including two individual golds (César Cielo in the men’s 50m freestyle swimming; and Maurren Maggi in the women’s long jump) and one team gold (women’s volleyball).

Brazil hopes to be better placed to win a higher number of medals when Rio de Janeiro hosts the Olympics in 2016.

Footballing Gold

Brazilian fans are hoping that at Wembley Stadium the men and women’s football teams can finally end their long and exasperating wait for an Olympic gold. Both have won silver in the past. The women in Beijing, losing to the United States in the final; and the men in 1984 in Los Angeles, losing to France in the final, and in 1988 in Seoul, losing to the Soviet Union. In Beijing the men’s team won bronze. The Olympics is the only international competition in football organized by FIFA that Brazil has never won.

Brazil Coach Mano Menezes has selected a strong group for the men’s team for the 2012 Olympics including Porto striker Hulk alongside AC Milan’s Thiago Silva and Real Madrid left-back Marcelo as his three over-age players.

Some of the world’s leading stickers have been named in the squad including Santos’ Neymar who has scored nine goals in 18 games for the senior Brazil team, while Hulk and AC Milan’s Pato have also impressed for the full side.

Premier League players include Rafael, of Manchester United, and Tottenham midfielder Sandro.

The full Brazil squad for London is: Rafael Cabral (Santos), Neto (Fiorentina); Alex Sandro (Porto), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Rafael (Manchester United), Danilo (Porto), Thiago Silva (AC Milan), Bruno Uvini (Sao Paulo), Juan (Inter Milan); Sandro (Tottenham), Romulo (Spartak Moscow), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Oscar (Internacional), Lucas Moura (Sao Paulo); Neymar (Santos), Leandro Damiao (International), Alexandre Pato (AC Milan), Hulk (Porto).

Brazil Going for Olympic Football Gold

The draw for the 2012 Olympic soccer tournament has been made.

Brazil’s men, who are still looking for their first Olympic title, are scheduled to play:

26 July, 19.45: Brazil x Egypt – Millennium Stadium – Cardiff
29 July, 12.00: Brazil x Belarus – Old Trafford – Manchester
1 August, 14.30: Brazil x New Zealand – St James Park – Newcastle

If Brazil’s wins its group (C), it will play a quarter final in Newcastle at 17.00 on 4 August, then a semi-final in Manchester on 7 August at 19.45, and the final in Wembley on 11 August at 15.00.

If second in its group, the route for Gold for Brazil would be a quarter final in Manchester at noon on 4 August; a semi final in London’s Wembley Stadium on 7 August at at 17.00, and the final in Wembley on 11 August at 15.00.

All times are local UK times.

Brazil women’s team, also looking for their first Olympic Gold after two Silvers, are drawn to play in a group with Great Britain, New Zealand and Cameroon.

25 July, 18.45: Brazil x Cameroon – Millennium Stadium – Cardiff
28 July, 14.30: Brazil x New Zealand- Millennium Stadium – Cardiff
31 July, 19.45: Brazil x Great Britain – Wembley – London