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Neymar - Interview with Brazilian wonderkid
Published : 27 Jan 2012 15:14:25
He may only be 19 years-old but Brazilian forward Neymar is one of the hottest properties on the planet. The latest wonderkid to emerge from Brazil gives his thoughts on the upcoming Olympics in London this summer.
Neymar Are you hoping to represent Brazil at the London 2012 Olympics this summer?
This is a dream of mine, I am waiting to play in London and looking forward to it. Brazil have never won the gold and this is a chance for us to bring it back. It's very important to everyone here.
People in Europe do not think Olympic football is important because it is less crucial for them to develop young players. If you take a top English team, they will have just a few English players. Because European teams can buy so many players from outside, young players are not so important. In Brazil, we need to develop our youngsters and this is why the Olympic team is more important for us.
Would you like to see David Beckham in the Team GB squad?
It would be a pleasure to play against David Beckham. Fortunately I had the chance to meet him last year [at a MLS game in New York], he was very kind and it would be an honour to play on the same pitch as him this year in London.
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