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The Most Exciting Players In The Mens Olympic Soccer Competition

Although the Euros and Copa America are over, there will be plenty of quality on display in Tokyo in the hunt for Olympic gold.
As the United States of America (US)
When the United States men’s national team thrashed Martinique in the Concacaf Gold Cup on Thursday night, it was difficult not to consider what a subset of those Americans were going through.
This summer, players are missing out.
Daryl Dike, a 21-year-old center forward, scored two goals and continues to look the part.
Matthew Hoppe, 20, made an impression in his first game with his effort rate and final-third play.
James Sands, 21, was part of a three-man back line that was not put under a lot of pressure.
With developing confidence, Gianluca Busio, 19, manned the midfield and set pieces.
Eryk Williamson, 24, but still eligible for the Olympics, and Miles Robinson also contributed positively.
That was a win for many of the United States’ best young stars, who, regrettably, will not be able to put their skills to the test on the Olympic stage.
Men, it’s no secret, have failed to qualify for the Olympics for the third time in a row, limiting the prospects for the United States this summer.
players in the final four of the June Nations League and the current Gold Cup
It’s a shame, because Japan’s team field is brimming with young and experienced talent and would be an excellent proving ground–certainly more so than a Gold Cup group game vs.
Martinique is a FIFA non-member.
Although the Europeans and Copa America were the most popular competitions this summer, the Olympic competition might be just as fascinating.
Brazil, the incumbent gold medalist, has a squad capable of repeating as champions, while Spain will send six players from its Euro quarterfinal squad to Tokyo.
Some of the world’s best players, such as France’s Kylian Mbappe and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, did not get their rumored demands to play in the game granted (clubs are not compelled to release players for the Olympics), but with rosters extended to 22 players for both the men’s and women’s competitions, and with the over-age stipulation that permits teams to invite up to three players who aren’t of legal drinking age, the sport has become more accessible.
With the men’s competition starting on July 22, here are five of the most intriguing players to watch: Sipa USA (2)/Getty Images (1) Dani Alves, Brazil What do you get for a guy who has won it all?
Naturally, it’s one of the few things he hasn’t won.
Alves has won more trophies than he has years on the planet, which would be incredible for any player.
The fact that he is 38 years old only adds to the amazement.
Despite this, he is one of Brazil’s over-age picks, aiming to add Olympic gold to his resume.
Richarlison, Gabriel Martinelli, Matheus Cunha, and Malcom are among the Brazilian forwards leading the push, but just as Neymar was to Brazil’s 2016 success, Alves has the potential to be the face of this otherwise young group.
Pedri, Spain It’s reasonable to wonder whether bringing Pedri is the best decision.
He has young legs at 18, but even they will require rest at some point.
This is stretching it coming off a season in which he made 52 games for Barcelona in all competitions and then moved right into Spain’s team at the Euros, where he won best young player honors. His club boss, Ronald Koeman, agrees.
“Two top-tier competitions in the same summer is too much for a football player.”
“This has already been said by Pep Guardiola, and I agree with him,” Koeman recently stated.
“In the domestic season, he played practically every game, and in the European Championship, he has played almost every minute.”
It’s not ideal to take a four-day rest before flying to Japan to compete in the Olympics.
“It’s too much,” he says, but the Spanish federation won out, and he’s off to Japan.
Pedri is the most eye-catching aspect on a Spain squad that includes Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio, Mikel Oyarzabal, and Dani Ceballos, and should push for a first gold since winning it as host in 1992 if he still has some gas in the tank.
Andre-Pierre Gignac, France Gignac came close to winning the Euro 2016 title for France, but his late shot in regulation hit the post, and Portugal prevailed in extra time.
He last represented his country in a World Cup qualification match in November 2016, before going on to become a legend at Tigres UANL in Liga MX.
Gignac, now 35 and a member of France’s over-age squad (together with new Tigres colleague Florian Thauvin), could play a key role in salvaging something for his country following a humiliating round of 16 exit in Euro 2020.
In an amusing twist, Gignac and France will face Mexico in the first round of group play, with France including two Tigres players and Mexico having none.
Diego Lainez, Mexico With Guillermo Ochoas in goal, the 21-year-old Lainez will undoubtedly draw a lot of attention, but this could be his chance to shine.
He’s the only player on Mexico’s roster who isn’t based in the country, and he’s from the United States.
can attest to the abilities of Real Betis’ rising stars
His goal in the Concacaf Nations League final, which he scored off the bench, appeared to put Mexico in the driver’s seat until Weston McKennie matched it shortly after.
Regardless, his talent is apparent, and the Olympics might serve as a platform to convey that message to the rest of the globe.
Ivory Coast’s over-age players (AC Milan’s Franck Kessie, Manchester United’s Eric Bailly, Sivasspor’s Max Gradel) are among the most notable in the competition, but Diallo, the 19-year-old Man United winger, is the one to watch.
Despite Jadon Sanchos’ impending arrival, he showed glimpses of his promise in his first few months with the Red Devils and could be set for a bigger role in the near future.
If he can show his worth in a tough group with Brazil and Germany, he’ll draw even more attention and repay Ole Gunnar Solksjaer for allowing him to compete.
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