The men’s Olympic football tournament begins today, and it will include an exciting mix of world-class talent, unknown quantities, and a few wily old veterans, as it always does.
Due to the fact that squads can only have three players born on or after January 1, 1997, some of the world’s best young talent will be on display. However, because the event coincides with the opening of European league seasons, many top players have been ruled out, allowing others to build a name for themselves.
The top two teams from each group advance to the quarter-finals, with sixteen teams divided into four groups. The gold medal will be awarded on August 7 in Yokohama, with Brazil strong favorites to retain the championship they won in 2016 on home soil. Argentina, France, Spain, and Germany are anticipated to compete, while Ivory Coast, Mexico, and Japan have realistic medal ambitions.
Sportsmail has identified ten new players to keep an eye on during the competition, as well as a few of legends hoping to end their careers with an Olympic gold medal.
Source: Daily Mail