The men’s football tournament at the Olympics is one of the team events that everyone looks forward to due to its unpredictable nature and the rule that allows the team to focus on the development of young people and n ‘have only four players over 23 years old. The tournament provides a special platform for young people to rise up and make a name for themselves in the football world. Here are some young players you should watch out for during the tournament.
Thiago Almada is the winger or midfielder for Vélez Sarsfield of Argentina’s Primera División. He was included in The Guardian’s “Next Generation 2018” and is one of the top rated youngsters at the Tokyo Olympics.
The 20-year-old comes from the Carlos Tevez neighborhood of Buenos Aires and is often compared to many great Argentinian players. He is a skillful, fast and explosive player who can attack from any side. Almanda scored twice in the Copa Libertadores and was one of the best players on his team.
The former Manchester City defender had attracted the attention of many clubs with his performances for Manchester City, especially those of FC Barcelona. Even before the start of the Euro, he had already signed for FC Barcelona and was a key part of the Spanish team which reached the semi-finals.
For many fans, Eric Garcia reminds them of a young Gerard Pique, but only time will tell if he reaches Pique’s level. After the Euro, he would be eager to do well in Tokyo and lead Spain to at least a podium.
The young Manchester United prodigy will certainly be one of the players to look forward to at the Olympics this year. He represents Cote d’Ivoire and made his debut for his country earlier this year.
He took Serie A by storm with Atlanta, which persuaded Manchester United to sign him. He scored his first goal for Manchester United against AC Milan in the Europa League this year, and has even had a few Premier League appearances to his name.
2. Eduardo Camavinga
Camavinga plays as a midfielder for Ligue 1 club Rennes and the France team. He was part of the France team which competed in the Euros earlier this year.
He has been touted by many as one of the talents of the generation. He has impressed fans and critics with his performances in Ligue 1 and Champions League. There are rumors that he will sign for Manchester United, PSG or Real Madrid this summer, after the Olympics are over.
The young Spanish midfielder has passed the ranks of La Masia and cemented his place in Barcelona’s starting XI. He was the best Spanish player in the last Euros and is loved by Spanish fans.
After the loss to Italy in the semi-finals, his coach Luis Enrique even compared him to the great Andres Iniesta. He said: “But what Pedri did in this tournament, at 18, nobody did, not even Andres Iniesta did, it’s amazing, unique.”