The 2021 Olympic Games men’s football tournament kicked off in Japan on Thursday. With a few world stars and several great hopes. The opportunity to imagine a typical team, which looks particularly good.
The opening ceremony has yet to take place, but the 2021 Olympics have already started in Japan. In Tokyo and elsewhere. The men’s football tournament kicked off this Thursday, a day after the girls’ one. And several stars participate. Between the confirmed players, who have agreed to come and strengthen their selection, and the talents of tomorrow, the cast looks great. RMC Sport had fun drawing in the different nations to establish a nice eleven type.
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Guillermo Ochoa (Goalkeeper – Mexico)
It is a real monument in his country. From the top of his 110 caps, Memo Ochoa has known almost everything under the jersey of Mexico. Quadruple Gold Cup winner, the 36-year-old goalkeeper has played two World Cups as a starter (2014, 2018). But this is the first time he has been selected for the Olympics. And the former goalkeeper of AC Ajaccio, who returned to his training club for two years (Club America), intends to take the opportunity to have fun.
Dani Alves (Defender – Brazil)
He too is a true legend. Far beyond Brazil. Long considered the best right-back on the planet, Daniel Alves is still active at 38 years old. The former player of PSG and Barça, now in Sao Paulo, has been summoned to supervise the young talents of the Seleçao. A role that the taulier with dozens of trophies intends to play thoroughly.
Pau Torres (Defender – Spain)
After reaching the semi-finals of the Euro with La Roja (defeat against Italy on penalties), Pau Torres continues by playing these Olympics. The 24-year-old Villarreal defender is there to bring serenity to Spain’s rearguard. An asset of choice for the Iberian training.
Eric Garcia (Defender – Spain)
He also played in the Euro under Luis Enrique, although he played less than Pau Torres. But at just 20 years old, Eric Garcia is old enough to be part of the Olympic selection. So the Barça defender, who found his training club this summer after a two-year exile in Manchester City, came to wet the shirt in Japan.
Eric Bailly (Defender – Ivory Coast)
The Ivorian selection will be able to count on his experience and leadership. The Manchester United defender has agreed to come and fight in Japan this summer. And at 27, Eric Bailly promises to be one of the strong men of this Olympic tournament.
Bruno Guimaraes (Midfielder – Brazil)
The Olympique Lyonnais player presents himself on Japanese soil as one of the executives of the Brazilian team. At 23, Bruno Guimaraes already has solid experience. His technique, his aggressiveness and his sense of placement should do a lot of good to the young Seleçao.
Dani Ceballos (Midfielder – Spain)
After being loaned out to Arsenal last season, he is back at Real Madrid this summer. And Dani Ceballos would like to stay there to try to scratch some playing time under the orders of Carlo Ancelotti. In the meantime, the 24-year-old midfielder will try to make Spain shine in Japan.
Marco Asensio (Attacking midfielder – Spain)
He is one of the stars in cleats of these Olympics. At 25, Marco Asensio is a well-known face of Real Madrid socios. And therefore all football fans. His technical quality, his dribbling and his acceleration could hurt a lot during the competition. It is up to him to place himself above the fray.
Pedri (Attacking midfielder – Spain)
Barça followers have been following him for a long time already. But the general public discovered it a few weeks ago during the Euro. In a growing team from Spain, Pedri was particularly impressive. The 18-year-old attacking midfielder shone in the midfield. He hopes to do the same in the coming days.
Florian Thauvin (Attacking midfielder – France)
The 2018 world champion came to lend a hand to Les Bleuets. After leaving OM to join the Tigers (in Mexico), Florian Thauvin, not selected for the Euro, agreed to join Sylvain Ripoll’s group. One way to find a blue jersey that the 28-year-old winger has not worn since June 2019.
Richarlison (Forward – Brazil)
Barely enough time to digest that he is already on the bridge. Unhappy Copa America finalist (1-0 defeat against Argentina), Richarlison will be Brazil’s main offensive asset during these Olympics. The 24-year-old Everton forward has the talent to lead the Seleçao to a medal.
André-Pierre Gignac (Forward – France)
He came in big brother fashion. To treat yourself to a last thrill in the national jersey. At 35, André-Pierre Gignac will try to put his experience and his thirst to win at the service of the Bleuets. Proof of his involvement, the former Marseillais, who has become a legend among the Tigers, wears the armband in Japan.