Five Players Who Can Revitalise Brazil

As Brazil look to the future and plan for success at next year's Copa America, the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the 2018 World Cup in Russia, AFP Sport looks at five players who could have a key role to play.

updated: July 14, 2014 00:39 IST
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The Brazil captain will turn 30 in September, but he is an inspirational figure. Absent from the 7-1 semi-final mauling against Germany due to suspension, his presence was sorely missed.

Silva will remain the bedrock of the defence at next year's Copa America and could be a candidate to be one of the overage players at the Olympics, which is an under-23 competition but an important one for Brazil, who have never won the gold medal.

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