The men’s football games at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 will be starting from 22nd of July and will see a total of 16 top teams vie for the coveted Gold medal for their respective nation tallies. The teams have been divided into 4 groups of 4 each, from which two would qualify for the knockout rounds from every group and make their way to the three medals up for the grabs.
The Players participating in the Olympics and included on the rosters must less than 23 years age and be born on or after January 1, 1997, with the exception of three overage players for each team.
Spain Football Team Preview
Spain are decently successful in football in the Olympics, winning the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where they lost to Cameroon in the finals. La Roja were crowned Olympic champions eight years earlier at home at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, when they beat Poland 3-2 in the final to clinch the gold medal.
Spanish u-23 manager Luis de la Fuente will be largely banking on the likes of prolific talents Dani Ceballos, Mikel Merino, Dani Olmo, Pedri, Marco Asensio, Unai Simón to break their 21-year medal draught at the Olympics. Some of the core members were a part of the Under-21 European Championship from 2021 alongside seasoned campaigners from the 2019 u-21 Euro side.
Also six members of Spain’s Euro 2020 squad – Pedri, Eric Garcia, Dani Olmo, Unai Simon, Mikel Oyarzabal and Pau Torres have been included, which gives a massive boost to the side. The overage players are Real Sociedad’s Mikel Merino and the Real Madrid duo of Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio, as De La Fuente’s side look to impress in their first Games appearance since 2000 Sydney Olympics.
|Spain Vs Egypt||Sapporo Dome||July 22|
|Spain Vs Australia||Sapporo Dome||July 25|
|Spain Vs Argentina||Saitama Stadium||July 28|
Spain, one of the favourites this year, boasting a strong squad, are pitted in a tricky group C alongside Argentina, Australia and CAF champions Egypt. Spain will play their first two group games against Egypt and Australia at the Sapporo Dome, and will be going to Saitama to face Argentina.
Goalkeepers: Alex Dominguez (Las Palmas), Alvaro Fernandes (SD Huesca), Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao)
Defenders: Eric Garcia (FC Barcelona), Juan Miranda (Real Betis) Oscar Mingueza (Barcelona) Oscar Gil (Espanyol), Pau Torres (Villareal), Jesus Vallejo (Real Madrid)
Midfielders: Pedri (FC Barcelona), Bryan Gil (Sevilla), Martin Zubimendi (Real Sociedad) Marc Cucurella (Getafe), Jon Moncayola (Osasuna), Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig) Carlos Soler (Valencia), Dani Ceballos*(Real Madrid), Mikel Merino* (Real Sociedad), Marco Asensio* (Real Madrid)
Forwards: Javier Puado (Espanyol), Rafa Mir (Wolves), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad)