Carlos wants missing title

eal Madrid star player Roberto Carlos’s announcement yesterday of his desire to represent Brazil in the Olympic soccer tournament at the upcoming Athens Games, will force the team’s coach to make tough choices come selection time. According to Olympic soccer regulations, each participating team’s squad cannot include more than three players over the age of 23. Carlos, as well as three other Brazilian stars – Ronaldo, a fellow teammate at Real Madrid, Ronaldinio of Barcelona, and Rivaldo, nowadays back in Brazil playing with local club Couzeiro, following a career in Europe – are all over 23, and have all said that they want to play for Brazil at the Olympics. «I really want to help Brazil win the only title it has never won,» Carlos noted yesterday. «I will ask the team’s coach, Ricardo Gomez, to offer me the opportunity to compete in Athens,» the player added. Brazil, a World Cup champion on five occasions, a record, has never won an Olympic gold medal in soccer.

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