Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Scheduled to start on 22nd July 2021. The countdown for the Olympic Games is on again. The COVID-19 pandemic may have forced its postponement to 2021, but enthusiasm for the iconic event remains.
To mark the milestone for a year until the Olympic flame is lit and the action in the men’s Olympic football tournament begins, we will give you an overview of the already qualified teams that are only a step away and some interesting facts and figures you don’t know anything about the event.
When Men’s Olympic Football Tournament will start?
The New Scheduled Date is 22nd July 2021
How Many Teams will take participate in Men’s Olympic Football Tournament?
Total number of 16 teams from six confederations will compete for podium places.
Asia: Japan (hosts), Australia, Korea Republic (regional qualifying champions) and Saudi Arabia
Europe: France, Germany, Romania and Spain (regional champions)
Africa: Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt (regional champions) and South Africa
South America: Argentina (regional champions) and Brazil
Oceania: New Zealand (regional champions)
Teams that still have chance to qualify (North/Central America and Caribbean)
There are still two places in the men’s Olympic football tournament, both from the Concacaf region. The last qualifying tournament will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the data have yet to be determined. Eight teams will fight for the two remaining direct tickets to Tokyo 2020 and they are as follows:
Group A: Mexico, USA, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic
Group B: Honduras, Canada, El Salvador and Haiti
Important Information About Men’s Olympic Football Tournament
Basic Olympic food: Men’s football has been part of the Olympic program since London in 1908. Tokyo 2020 will be the 25th edition.
Well-known faces: Every team that has qualified for Tokyo 2020 has experience in the men’s Olympic football tournament. So far, however, no team will make its debut. However, this could change depending on the results of the Concacaf qualifier.
Where young talent will shine: In 1992, professionals were allowed to take part in men’s Olympic football for the first time. Unlike the women, however, the men’s tournament is largely a U-23 competition, with the exception of three outdated players. Players born on or after January 1, 1997 and three other players are eligible to enter Tokyo 2020.
Golden Hungary: With three, Hungary has won the most gold medals in the history of the event. However, Brazil has the most medals at six. If Argentina (2) wins the gold medal in Tokyo 2020, they will be equal to the Hungarians at the top.
Honor Table: There have been many famous names that have won Olympic gold in men’s football, including Vivian Woodward, Jose Andrade, Hector Castro, Pedro Cea, Jose Nasazzi, Pedro Petrone, Hector Scarone, Ugo Locatelli, Gunnar Gren, and Nils Liedholm, Gunnar Nordahl, Sandor Kocsis, Ferenc Puskas, Lev Yashin, Ferenc Bene, Kazimierz Deyna, Grzegorz Lato, Wlodek Lubanski, Igor Dobrovolski, Luis Enrique, Pep Guardiola, Nwankwo Kanu, Jay-Jay Okocha, Samuel Eto’o, Javier Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero , Engel Di Maria, Lionel Messi, Juan Roman Riquelme, Giovani dos Santos, Raul Jimenez, Gabriel Jesus, and Neymar. Who will be on this historical list next year