Brazil vs Iraq Rio 2016 Football Match Preview, Prediction And Team News


The hosts Brazil will look to bounce back from the disappointing start of their Olympic campaign as they will face Asian side Iraq in match 16 of the Olympic football tournament. The match will be held at the Mane Garrincha Stadium, Brasilia the same stadium where Brazil played their first match.

The match is scheduled on 22:00 local time and will be an anticipated encounter after Brazil were involved in a stalemate against South Africa. This will be a must win situation for Brazil because a loss or even draw can make their campaign in knockouts much harder.

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Brazil vs Iraq Squads Rio 2016

Brazil – Goalkeepers: Fernando Prass (Palmeiras), Uilson (Atletico Mineiro). Defenders: Douglas Santos (Atletico Mineiro), Luan Garcia (Vasco Da Gama)Marquinhos(Paris Saint-Germain), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), William (Internacional), Zeca (Santos). Midfielders: Rafinha (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Rodrigo Dourado (Internacional), Thiago Maia (Santos), Walace (Gremio). Forwards: Felipe Anderson (Lazio), Gabriel Barbosa (Santos), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras), Luan (Gremio), Neymar (Barcelona)

Brazil is a power packed team with the most impressive star studded line up comprising of some established players from the European leagues perfectly complemented by the jewels from their native league.

Iraq – Goalkeepers: Fahad Talib (Al Quwa Al Jawiya), Mohammed Hameed (Al Shorta), Defenders: Ahmed Ibrahim (Al Dhafra), Alaa Ali (Al Zawra’a), Ali Adnan (Udinese), Ali Faez (Al Shorta), Dhurgham Ismael (Caykur Rizespor), Hawbir Khasro (Maastricht), Mustafa Nadhim (Naft Al-Wasat), Suad Natiq (Al Quwa Al Jawiya), Midfielders: Ali Hisny (Al-Menaa), Amjed Attwan (Al Shorta), Humam Tareq (Al Quwa Al Jawiya), Mahdi Kamil (Al Shorta), Saad Luaibi (Al Qadisiya), Forwards: Hammadi Ahmed (Al Quwa Al Jawiya), Mohanad Abdulraheem (Al Zawra’a), Sherko Kareem (Grasshoppers)

The Iraq team looks quite mediocre as they have relatively unknown names in their squad. The players don’t have an ample experience of playing at the very top.


If it would have been three days ago then anybody would have placed his bet on Brazil to dominate the proceedings, but the poor performance against a 10 man South African team has completely changed the scope of the match.  Neymar would be the man to watch as Brazil team will be banking on his performance.

Rachit Sethi

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