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Rio Olympics 2016 Predictions Analysis: 5 Things to Know About Neymar, Brazil & Group A

First Posted: Jul 13, 2016 02:17 PM EDT
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The Olympics get underway in under a month and the soccer tournament will undeniably be one of the showcases, particularly in the men's category.

Group A features the host nation Brazil in competition with Denmark, Iraq and South Africa. Here are a few things to consider about the group.

No team in the group has won gold

It might not come as much of a surprise in the case of South Africa, Denmark or Iraq, but the Brazil is truly shocking.

Their five world cups are well-documented and their eight South American championships also place the Selecao among the elite soccer nations, but the side has never managed to capture the big prize at the Olympic games. Four years ago, Neymar and company fell short in the final, the third such instance that this has occurred in the country's history.

Goalie Fernando Prass to make his debut

Fernando Prass is set to make his international debut at 38, having never played for the Selecao ever before. This is likely to be a huge honor for him and his side, despite the fact that this is a once in a lifetime chance for him.

Neymar is the biggest star in the tournament

Not only is he a member of the host nation, but neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi will be with their national sides in this tournament, making Messi the main man to keep an eye out for.

Brazil has only lost once against the countries in the group

Brazil has contested 10 games against Iraq, South Africa and Denmark and has only lost against Denmark. The team holds an overall record of nine wins and one loss. This likely implies that Brazil will win the group when all is said and done.

Predictions?

Brazil wins out with Denmark finishing second in the group.

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