Brazil coach Mano Menezes believes his players will be inspired
by the chance to write their names in Wembley's legendary history
by winning Olympic gold in the men's final against Mexico on
The five-time world champions are within touching distance of
delivering their country's first ever gold in the men's Olympic
football event and, for Menezes, the prospect of having Wembley
as the backdrop makes it seem like something from the script of a
The national stadium has played host to numerous classic
occasions, from England's 1966 World Cup final victory to
European Cup triumphs for Manchester United and Barcelona, and
Menezes would love to see Brazil earn their place in Wembley hall
"If you had the chance to write a plot for a film about winning a
gold medal, you could not choose a better place for it than here
(at Wembley)," Menezes said on Friday.
Brazil have lost in the Olympic final twice, in 1984 and 1988,
and the South Americans are desperate to end that barren run,
especially since it would make them Olympic champions at the
expense of arch rivals and current holders Argentina, who failed
to qualify for the London Games.
"This is our third opportunity to win gold. We are going to use
what we learned from the previous two finals and do our best
against Mexico," Menezes said.
"But I don't believe in favouritism in football. Both teams have
done a good job to get to the final and we are going to play
against Mexico with the same respect that we have shown to all
the other teams."
Menezes acknowledges he is feeling a few nerves as Brazil are
under such heavy pressure to succeed, but he is confident the
occasion won't be too much for him or his players.
"You do have butterflies in your stomach and that is part of it,"
he said. "The day I don't have them is the day I should not be
working in football any more.
"I do feel under pressure, but it is no different to any other
moment in this Olympic Games.
"I try to be very rational. As a coach you have to be rational to
make decisions. Emotion is for the fans."
Menezes's side have been in formidable form en route to the final
and the likes of Neymar, Oscar and Leandro Damiao -- the
tournament's top scorer with six goals -- have all underlined
their growing reputations with stellar performances.
Santos striker Neymar has especially impressed Menezes.
The 20-year-old, a long-time transfer target for Chelsea and Real
Madrid, has earned a reputation for being hard to handle, but he
has been the model of maturity during the Olympics.
"We are all going to leave England different to how we were when
we arrived," Menezes said.
"We have had such a positive campaign that all the players have a
much more mature outlook."
Menezes hopes to have good news on the injury front before
Saturday's 1400GMT kick-off as midfielder Ganso, who has missed
the last two matches with a thigh injury, could be ready to
"I'm not going to talk about the line-up. But it is possible that
Ganso can play," he said.
"He was able to play in the last two matches, but he was not
used. He is in shape to play."
Mexico will be playing in the Olympic final for the first time
and few people give Luis Fernando Tena's side a chance of taking
But the Mexicans have won three of their past five international
matches against Brazil, including a 2-0 friendly victory in June.
"We have the silver in our hands but we are not content with
this, we are going for gold," Tena said.
"I read that everyone is betting on Brazil but we are strong and
we believe in ourselves.
"We know Brazil have great players in all the positions and we
need to be perfect if we want to win."