The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will start on July 23; However, two days before the soccer tournament will start with the 16 teams – including Mexico – classified that will seek gold on August 7.
Remember that for the Olympic tournament there is an age limit of 24 years (usually 23, worse due to the pandemic, one more was traveled) And if all the teams could bring their maximum figures, it would be a competition of the highest level; However, As it is not a FIFA tournament, players such as Kylian Mbappé, Erling Haaland, Vinicius Jr. Ansu Fati and Kai Havertz, among others, will not be able to attend; Some for not having achieved the classification and others simply because their clubs did not want to release them.
Even, In the Mexican National Team there is a situation like this with Edson Álvarez, who at 23 years of age has earned the trust and ownership of Ajax in the Netherlands, becoming a key player, which is why the Netherlands team decided to give him a “no” in response to the request of the coach of the Sub 23 team, Jaime Lozano. The reason, to avoid an injury that marginalizes the midfielder from the fields. However, the whole of the Eredivisie did allow Antony Santos to represent Brazil in Tokyo 2020, a decision that upset the Mexican leaders.
Here we present the great absences:
Mbappé, the star of France
We all certainly wanted to see the quality and speed of Kylian Mbappé in Tokyo, but unfortunately Paris-Saint Germain, and the French National Team, were inclined to allow the 22-year-old player to play the Eurocopa, a tournament that is endorsed by FIFA. Unfortunately the Gauls were eliminated from this contest in the Eighth Finals. It should be noted that for the 2024 Paris Olympics, Mbappé could attend, but I would already do it as a reinforcement, the only problem is that that year the European Championship will also be played in Germany. Which one would the French lean towards?
The ‘Norwegian Bomber’
One of the footballers called to be one of the best in the world, is undoubtedly the Norwegian Erling Haaland, who at 20 years old will not be able to play the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, because his selective did not manage to classify the fair. A similar situation lived in this European Championship where he was not present either, and due to the level of Norway, it may take a long time to be in a great continental competition.
Brazil made it clear that his main objective was to win the Copa América, for which the technical director of the selective major, Tité, summoned the best footballers in which he included Real Madrid striker, Vinicius Jr., who At 20 years old, he will not be able to play the summer joust, since the Brazilians bet everything on the South American tournament, in addition to the fact that Real Madrid did not give the go-ahead for him to attend Tokyo 2020.
A few months ago, the coach of the Sub 20 and 23 Argentina National Team, the ‘Bocha’ Fernando Batista, had ensured that the star of Inter Milan Lautaro Martínez and the figure of Bayer Leverkusen, Exequiel PalaciosThey would be on the list of the 22 players who participated in the Olympics, but today, 11 days after the tournament begins, neither player will appear on the list. In the case of Lautaro, Scaloni preferred to use it in the Copa América; while Exequiel suffered a process fracture transverse lumbar spine after Ángel Romero’s knee in Conmebol’s eliminatory duel against Paraguay.
Ansu Fati and his injuries
Barcelona has accustomed us to taking out great players, and the last player who wore the shine of a star on his shoulders, is Ansu Fati, who, unfortunately for the Spanish National Team, would not play the Olympic Games because last November 9 he was operated on for a torn meniscus in his left knee, and although his recovery was four months, the Blaugrana squad has not recovered one hundred percent.
The German prodigy
At 22 years old, Kai havertz won the title in the German National Team directed by Joachim Löw, so it seemed that he would be one of the figures to follow in Tokyo 2020, but Chelsea did not give in to the requests of the GermansSince the youngster is the most expensive player on his team, they would not risk injury.
The future of the Portugal National Team is at the feet of Joao Félix. Unfortunately the Atlético de Madrid forward ‘disappeared’ in the Eurocup, and will not have the opportunity to remove the ‘thorn’ in the Olympics, since Atleti did not give permission to the player.