Olympic Football

James Young: Is Brazil’s cup half-full or half-empty after

To Neymar, Thiago Silva, and the rest of Brazil`s crestfallen Olympians, the silver medals doled out after defeat by an admirable Mexico must have felt more like pewter. However, those decrying the state of the footballing nation, and baying for the head of coach Mano Menezes, might be jumping the gun.

Brazil must overcome intense pressure to win historic Olympic gold

Brazil face Mexico on this afternoon with the chance to make history by bringing home the only title the five-time world champions are yet to win. Star player and national idol Neymar will play in his first major final for the Seleção hoping to establish a winning mentality before he leads his country on home soil at the Fifa confederations Cup next year, the World Cup in 2014 and the Rio Olympics in 2016.