The Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, which was delayed by a year because of the worldwide covid pandemic is now all set to kick-off within a week’s time, with the men’s and women’s football tournaments getting under way on July 22. The Olympic games this year will be seeing a total of 16 top football teams from over the world fight it out for the prestigious Gold Medal, which was clinched by Brazil last time, with the nations divided into 4 groups consisting of 4 teams each.
The teams have been permitted to accommodate a total of 22 players this time around, 4 more than the usual count of 18 which is usually seen at the summer games in other years, specifically due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Players on the team rosters have to be aged 23 or less and must be born on or after January 1, 1997, with the exception of three overage players in every squad.
Argentina Football Team Preview
U-23 coach Fernando Batista has announced his Argentina squad of 22 players for the Tokyo Olympics as the Albiceleste look to win their third gold medal at the men’s football tournament, which begins later this month.
With Lucas Alario being injured not taking part in the tournament, Batista included one overage player in goalkeeper Jeremías Ledesma, with River Plate also not allowing Julián Alvarez to make the final squad.
Brighton and Hove Albion’s Alexis Mac Allister is among the most experienced campaigners for Argentina in the Olympics this year, with Esequiel Barco of Atlanta United and Neheun Perez of Atletico Madrid adding to the core strength of the team.
|Argentina vs Australia||Sapporo Dome||22nd July|
|Argentina vs Egypt||Sapporo Dome||25th July|
|Argentina vs Spain||Sapporo Dome||28th July|
Argentina, two times gold medallists in the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics, have been allotted one of the toughest groups in the Olympics at Tokyo this year, sharing their group C along with favourites Spain, Australia and Egypt. Argentina will be playing all of their group games at the Sapporo Dome. Argentina will be start their Olympic campaign against underdogs Australia, who can give tough fight to any top team on 22nd followed by Egypt on 25th July. Argentina will be facing their toughest task to date in the Olympics this year, as they take on Spain in their last group game on 28th.
Argentina Squad For Olympics
Goalkeepers: Joaquin Blazquez, Lautaro Morales, Jeremias Ledesma*.
Defenders: Hernan de la Fuente, Marcelo Herrera, Nehuen Perez, Leonel Mosevich, Facundo Medina, Francisco Ortega, Claudio Bravo.
Midfielders: Fausto Vera, Santiago Colombatto, Tomas Belmonte, Martin Payero, Thiago Almada, Esequiel Barco.
Forwards: Carlos Valenzuela, Pedro de la Vega, Alexis Mac Allister, Agustin Urzi, Adolfo Gaich, Ezequiel Ponce.