If you thought that after the end of Euro 2020 you would have to wait several weeks for the next useful football, then you are very mistaken.
READ MORE: Tokyo 2021 Football Olympics: Fixtures, Teams, Groups, Results and More
No, we’re not talking about meaningless friendlies here.
We’re talking about Olympia.
The games in Tokyo are just around the corner and the soccer tournament is going to be exciting.
The soccer competition starts on July 22nd with 16 nations from all over the world.
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Group A: Japan, South Africa, Mexico, France
Group B: New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Honduras, Romania
Group C: Egypt, Spain, Argentina, Australia
Group D: Brazil, Germany, Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia
The Nations have selected a 22-person roster that must consist of players born on or after January 1, 1997, with the exception of three over-aged players.
Which nations are the favorites for the gold medal?
Well, we’ve identified four footballing powerhouses and analyzed how they might line up at the start of the tournament next week.
Let’s take a look:
This squad would have done pretty well at Euro 2020, let alone the Olympics.
Up to six euro members will represent their country at the Olympic Games – Pedri, Eric Garcia, Dani Olmo, Unai Simon, Mikel Oyarzabal and Pau Torres.
And they all seem to be starting in an impressive starting XI that is sure to take some blows.
Real Sociedad’s Mikel Merino and Real Madrid duo Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio are the three long-term players.
France currently has a ridiculous number of talented young players. However, many of them have been selected for the country’s Euro 2020 campaign, while players such as Eduardo Camavinga, Malang Sarr, Amine Gouiri and Maxence Caqueret have been banned from their clubs in the Olympics.
Instead, Florian Thauvin and Andre-Pierre Gignac, both playing for Tigres in Mexico, will try to use their experience to bring home the gold medal.
The German squad doesn’t have too many well-known names, but many talents with Bundesliga experience.
Nadiem Amiri, Maximilian Arnold and Max Kruse are the three over-aged players, but Arne Maier from Hertha Berlin is highly regarded in his country.
Can Brazil get any better after its disappointment in the Copa America at the Olympics? We assume they could.
Diego Carlos is the defense, Douglas Luiz and Bruno Guimaraes in midfield with a front three from Richarlison, Antony and Matheus Cunha – not bad! Oh, and there is Dani Alves.
Quiz: can you name these English one-cap wonders?
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