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Brazil to relook Olympic squad

2015-02-13 10:42
Brazil celebrate Jonas's goal (AP)

Rio de Janeiro - Brazil's Olympic football squad is facing an overhaul after their Under-20 side flopped at the recent South American championships.

The president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, Jose Maria Marin, did not mince his words as he slammed the team and suggested that coach Alexandre Gallo's time was up after only seven months at the helm.

Argentina won the tournament earlier this month, with Brazil finishing fourth behind hosts Uruguay and Colombia.

Brazil's U-20 players would potentially form the bulk of the squad chasing a first Games gold medal next year on home soil.

"I did not like what I saw in Uruguay at all. I am not satisfied with the result or with the team and I cannot guarantee Gallo's position," Marin told a Rio press conference.

"Results are what guarantee the position of a coach," said Marin, who in April will give way to president-elect Marco Polo Del Nero.

"Football is a team sport and I saw too much individualism -- in my view I sincerely did not see enough teamwork," said Marin, who also had to endure the senior side's World Cup mauling by Germany last July.

In addition to the poor showings by national selections, there are many question marks facing the domestic game in Brazil amid a league where the level has been dropping as more and more top players head abroad from an early age, including, most recently, to China.

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