Football reinforcements seeking a medal in Tokyo 2021

Football reinforcements seeking a medal in Tokyo 2021

With Brazil, Spain Y Mexico like the teams that have bet big to try to get the medal in olympic football, This July 22 began the Group Phase where they have been able to see several of the major reinforcements for the tournament.

Although the tournament rules allow the summoning of three reinforcements over 24 years of age, not all teams have decided to make use of this right. These teams are Romania Y Argentina, which only have one major reinforcement, while the other team that will not have all three players is Honduras, so alone summoned two elements of experience.

In the case of Argentina, the team sought to incorporate Lucas Alario, which already had the permission of the Bayer Leverkusen, but could not be with the albiceleste team because suffered a further injury to the adductor muscle of the right leg. In addition, because the main clubs are disputing Libertadores Cup Y South American, as it was difficult to bring more reinforcements.

Curious is the case of Australia who decided to summon a 24-year-old player as a reinforcement. It’s about the defender Ruon tongyik, who does not comply with the regulations of the Games because he was born in December 1996 and according to the specifications for Olympics, must be players born after January 1, 1997.

Conversely, Brazil seeks to win the gold medal again, as it should be remembered that in 2016 was the first and only time they have achieved the medal. The whole of the Canarinha has the veteran and astro Dani alves, of the Sao Paulo, as the main reference and together with him is also the defender Diego Carlos, of the Seville.

Spain, who drew goalless against Egypt in the debut, he has on his list of Olympic players the striker Marco Asensio and to the defense Dani ceballos, both from Real Madrid. In addition, they are added Mikel Merino, midfielder of the Real society what do they make of Red Fury one of the candidates, although his start was not the best.

In that sense, several of the teams participating in this competition looked for players who would play in clubs of Europe, as it did Japan with Wataru endo, which is in the Stuttgart of the Bundesliga, or Christopher Grant, which is forward of New Zealand which belongs to Burnley from England.

Germany called the midfielder Maximilian arnold, of the Wolfsburg of the Bundesliga, while Ivory Coast requested to have Eric Bailly, defense of Manchester United, which was already felt in the victory of the African team in the debut against Saudi Arabia.

Mexico could count on the forward Henry Martin Y Guillermo Ochoa, of the America, in addition to Luis Romo, of the champion Blue Cross. In the case of Ochoa stands out for being the main goalkeeper of the Tri in the last two World (Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018).

Olympic reinforcements

Group A


  • Wataru Endo (Stuttgart)
  • Maya Yoshida (Sampdoria)
  • Hiroki Sakai (Just resigned with Marseille)

South Africa

  • Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United)
  • Abbubaker Mobara (Cape Town City)


  • Guillermo Ochoa (America)
  • Henry Martín (America)
  • Luis Romo (Cruz Azul)


  • Florian Thauvin (Tigers)
  • André-Pierre Gignac (Tigers)
  • Téji Savanier (Montpellier)

B Group

South Korea

  • Changhoon Kwong (Suwon Bluewings)
  • Uijo Hwang (Bordeaux)
  • Ji-Soo Park (Suwon Bluewings)


  • Florin Stefan (Sepsi, broke up in May)

New Zealand

  • Christopher Grant (Burnley)
  • Michael Boxall (Minnesota United)
  • Winston Reid (West Ham)


  • Brayan Velasquez (Desportivo Primeiro de Angola)
  • Jorge Renan Benguche (Boavista)

Group C


  • Marco Asensio (Real Madrid)
  • Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid)
  • Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad)


  • Mohamed El-Shenawy (Al Ahly)
  • Ahmed Hegazy (Al-Ittihad)
  • Mahmoud El Wench (Zamalek)


  • Jeremías Ledesma (Cádiz)
  • Australia
  • Mitch Duke (Al-Taawoun)
  • Ruon Tongyik (Central Coast Mariners)

Group D


  • Dani Alves (Sao Paulo)
  • Aderbar Santos (Atlético Paranaense)
  • Diego Carlos (Seville)


  • Max Kruse (Berlin Union)
  • Nobodym Amiri (Bayer Leverkusen)
  • Maximilian Arnold (Wolfsburg)

Ivory Coast

  • Eric Bailly (Manchester United)
  • Franck Kessié (Milan)
  • Max Gradel (Sivasspor)

Saudi Arabia

  • Yasir Gharsan (Al-Hilal)
  • Salem Mohammed (Al-Hilal)
  • Salman Al-Faraj (Al-Hilal)