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Alexandre Gallo steps into Brazil U-23 Olympic role

Gallo will hope to inspire Brazil to their first football Gold medal in 2016
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Brazil under-20 head coach Alexandre Gallo has been confirmed as the man who will lead the country at the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro in two years' time, combining the job with his current role.

Gallo, 47, has been in charge of the youth set-up for a year now and his Olympic post is seen as a natural progression as he takes over from Mano Menezes who, at the London Games of 2012, guided Brazil to the Silver medal behind Mexico.

Two years ago, Brazil chose Thiago Silva, Marcelo and Hulk as their three overage players and were widely expected to coast to Gold with a squad that also included Neymar, Paulo Henrique Ganso and Lucas Moura.

CBF Technical Director Gilmar Rinaldi said of the appointment: "We will provide the necessary support and follow his work closely."

"All the teams need to be aligned, following up with a schedule that began two years ago."


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