Soccer is that unique sport that made us all fall in love the first time we heard about it. This sport that we admire and respect so much has the unique ability to attract all the attention for itself. This circumstance turned against the Olympic Games at the time when the rest of the sports were overshadowed by football, turning the most important tournament in the history of many of the sports into a secondary competition that served only as an accompaniment. for another kind of soccer World Cup.
The Olympic Games played before 1930 (the first soccer World Cup) were considered world-wide, hence Uruguay, despite having only won two world championships, shines four stars on its shield. Technically, in addition to the Charruas, both the United Kingdom and Belgium can boast of having won a “World Cup” (United Kingdom two) between 1908 and 1930.
As of the 1930 Games, the rule was imposed that only amateur footballers could participate in this prestigious competition.
It was not until the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games that the regulations changed completely and the one we currently enjoy was established. The teams can only summon under 23 players to play the tournament. In the rule it is established that three players of an age greater than the maximum set can be incorporated.
The Spanish team has managed to put together a squad capable of competing for gold for this tournament. Already experienced players such as Dani Ceballos or Marco Asensio join the youngsters who have excelled this season such as Dani Olmo, Pedri or Pau Torres. Luis de la Fuente and his players will fight and fight until they see the last drop of sweat fall for the long-awaited gold medal.
It’s not like in the old days when all the attention was focused on football. Currently the Olympics are perfectly organized in such a way that any sport is attractive despite not being an expert in the field. Olympic football is no longer a World Cup, but it is still football.