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After a series of friendlies, the 47-year-old has a better idea of which Selecao stars will represent their country at London 2012 and several big names have been dropped

Brazil coach Mano Menezes has taken the step of cutting 17 players from his preliminary list for the Olympics, including well-known names such as Ronaldinho, Hernanes and Julio Cesar.

Olympic rules stipulate that each team is allowed just three players over the age of the 23 in their squad, and Menezes has elected to trim some of the better-known names in his list.

A final group of 18 men will have to be announced on July 6, meaning that the 47-year-old will be forced to send a further 14 players packing in due course.

The men's football at the 2012 Summer Olympics begins on July 26, and the final will take place at Wembley on August 11.

Below is Brazil's second cut of the squad list:
Name Club
Diego Alves Valencia
Gabriel Milan
Jefferson Botafogo
Neto Fiorentina
Rafael Santos
Renan Ribeiro Atletico Mineiro
Dani Alves Barcelona
Danilo Porto
Dede Vasco da Gama
Fagner Vasco da Gama
Juan Inter
Marcelo Real Madrid
Marquinhos Corinthians
Lucas Mendes Cortibia
Alex Sandro Porto
Thiago Silva AC Milan
Bruno Uvini Sao Paulo
Casemiro Sao Paulo
Douglas Costa Shakhtar Donetsk
Phillipe Coutinho Inter
Fernando Gremio
Ganso Santos
Giuliano Dnipro
Lucas Sao Paulo
Oscar Internacional
Romulo Vasco da Gama
Andre Atletico Mineiro
Leandro Damiao Internacional
Hulk Porto
Neymar Santos
Wellington Nem Fluminese
Alexandre Pato AC Milan