These are footballers do not sub23 that will play in the coming weeks the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games soccer tournament, in each selection:
The hosts have opted for seniority for their defense. Sakai is a 31-year-old player who already has experience in Europe, having played in Hannover and Marseille until this summer. Yoshida is the captain and has more than a decade in the football of our continent, almost all of it at Southampton. In August he will be 33 years old. Finally there is Endo, with 28, pivot of Stuttgart.
The South African team is another one that has not covered the quota of older players. The only one born before 1997 is goalkeeper Ronwen Williams, who plays for SuperSports United in his country. The rest are all players within the limit allowed by FIFA in the sub23 category.
El Tri will try to repeat the historic gold they won 9 years ago, when they defeated favorite Brazil (2-1) in the Wembley final. In that selection was Corona goalkeeper. Ochoa, for his part, will live his first Olympic experience at the age of 35. In addition to the goal, over 23 years will be Luis Romo, champion this year of the MX League with Cruz Azul, and Henry Martín, forward of América.
The French team is one of the great favorites to be proclaimed champion in Tokyo, if not the greatest. Only 2 of the 3 players over 23 years old that they had the option of including appear on the list. They are Gignac and Thauvin. It so happens that both play in Liga MX, in Tigres. The latter was world champion 3 years ago.
Rein is a 33-year-old defender who this year has seen Brentford’s historic return to the Premier League, Boxall is the same age, he is also a defender and plays for Minnesotta United in MLS and finally there is forward Wood, 29, who has spent his entire career in the Premier and the last 4 years he has played at Burnley.
The South Koreans do not have a veteran national team at all. In fact, none of his elders are over 28 years old. Min-jae is a 24-year-old defender who plays for Chinese Beijing Gouan, Chang-hoon is 27 for his country’s Suwon and Ui-jo plays winger for Girondins in Bordeaux. He is 28 years old.
Honduran soccer has not stopped growing in recent years. They were already in the 2012 Olympics and they defeated one of the favorites such as Spain (1-0). For this edition the Central American team will have two older players, and both are extreme: Benguché (25 years old, Boavista) and Brayan Moya (29 years old, Primeiro de Agosto).
Romania has chosen to give continuity to young people and almost all, except Stefan, are born from 1997 onwards. The left-back, who is currently without a team after ending his contract with his country’s Sepsi, was in the U21 European Championship two years ago, where his team achieved the historic 4th place and qualification for the Games.
Spain’s rival bets on El Shenawy’s veteran goal in goal. The one of Al Alhy is the usual one of the senior team, with his 32 years. Also at the center of defense is Hegazi, 30, who plays for Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia. The quota is completed by Hamdy, also a defender and of the Egyptian Zamalek.
In the case of Spain, the three players were born in 1996, so they are almost the same age as the rest of their teammates. Both Ceballos and Asensio know what it is to play for Real Madrid, and Mikel Merino has already done it for Borussia or Real Sociedad. They are footballers who have already entered the dynamics of the absolute many times. In addition, up to 6 players who have been to the European Championship will go.
In the albiceleste in the end there will only be one player over 23 years old. For different reasons, some shortlisted such as Enzo Pérez, Correa or Alario have been left out. The only ‘older’ is goalkeeper Ledesma, who plays for Cádiz.
Australia will be another of the teams that only have 1 of the 3 older players that are allowed by regulation. In this case it is Mitchell Duke, winger who plays for Taawon in Saudi Arabia. He has spent the last few months on loan at the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Of course, Brazil’s list leaves no one indifferent. In the current champion, the call of Dani Alves, who at 38 years old, will want to reissue the Olympic gold that they already won in Rio 2016. He will also be accompanied by another beloved player in Seville such as Diego Carlos, and the goalkeeper from Paranaense, Santos
In Germany, the first of the veterans really is. Kruse has enlisted this season in the ranks of Union Berlin at the age of 33 and as a reward he will be able to go to the Games. Amiri was in the European U21 two years ago, in which Manschaft lost against Rojita (2-1). The third chosen is Arnold, a 27-year-old midfielder from Wolfsburg.
Côte d’Ivoire has decided to give its roster some luster, by bringing together players over 23 who are important in European football. The first is Eric Billy, a 27-year-old United center-back who passed through our league for Villarreal or Espanyol. The second is Kessié, a midfielder who has already been with Milan for a few years. The third is Gradel, the oldest at 33 springs and who plays winger for Sivasspor.
Virtually all footballers in Saudi Arabia are born in 1997. The three veterans are Al-Shahrani and Al-Dawsari, both 29 years old and from Al Hilal, and Al-Faraj, 31 years old from the same team.