Fernando Batista’s team have been drawn in Group C at the 2020 Olympics alongside Spain, Egypt and Australia.
Argentina’s quest for a third gold medal at the men’s Olympic football tournament will begin in Group C. The draw for the 2020 Summer Olympics took place on Wednesday as we found out the groups and matches for the first round.
The South American’s were one of four seeded teams, alongside hosts Japan, South Korea and neighbors Brazil. Pot two consisted of Mexico, Germany, Honduras and Spain. The third pot included Egypt, New Zealand, Ivory Coast and South Africa while pout for had Australia, Saudi Arabia, France and Romania.
An opening match against Australia on July 22 is what awaits Argentina. Both teams were also included in the group together back in 2008 in a match which ended 1-0 with Ezequiel Lavezzi scoring as Argentina would go on to win the tournament. The second match in the group is against Egypt on July 25, a match which depending on results, could have Argentina either mathematically into the knockout stages or even eliminated.
Spain will be Argentina’s final opponent just three days later on July 28 as what is already being build as Adolfo Gaich vs. Ansu Fati as the Barcelona youngster made headlines earlier this season with his incredible form.
Should Argentina qualify for the second round, they would either face the winners of Group D or the runner’s up in Group D, depending on Argentina’s final position in their group.
Here are the groups:
Japan, South Africa, Mexico, France
New Zealand, South Korea, Honduras, Romania
Argentina, Spain, Egypt, Australia
Brazil, Germany, Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia
This is an U23 tournament but per the rules and restrictions, every team will be allowed to include three over-age players. Batista’s squad recently played two friendly matches vs. hosts Japan which ended with one win and one defeat.
An Adolfo Gaich goal gave Argentina the 1-0 win in the first match but a few days later it was Japan who ended up getting the 3-0 win in what was a dominant performance by the hosts. Batista was without a few regular squad players due to the COVID travel restrictions in Europe.
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So face Spain in the first round and then IF you make it to the 2nd round it’s most likely either Brazil or Germany waiting…..hmmmm, it’s gonna be tough but to be honest Argentina has the squad to do it but like you all said it depends on the Argentine clubs releasing players and if they have a single neuron left in their brains they would because if the olympic squad does well the players will get a lot of notoriety and the clubs can sell them for more than the pennies that they’ve been selling them for recently.
Players like De La Vega, Almada, J.Alvarez, Capaldo, F.Vera, De la Fuenté are all getting regular football, some like Almada, Alvarez and Capaldo are playing intense Copa lib competitions as well and so these players are more than ready to fight for gold, it’s just a matter of whether they clubs would let them go.
For the Europe based players like Ledesma, N.Perez, Ascacibar and Gaich we already know that their clubs are willing to let them go, while others like Medina, Licha Martinez, Alexis, Balerdi, Ponce and maybe the likes of Senesi and Molina (if they are called up) things might be tricky but honestly even without them Argentina still has a very good squad if the Argentina clubs are willing to do their bid.
Come on, that’s a bad draw i guess… Going to be hard….positive thing is that, we can see how ready our future generation!!
I want every player under the age of 23 playing regular for NT to play in olympic…as it is right after copa, they will be match fit, start bonding with other players just outside the door of NT….
Ideally i want emi/musso to play… They will be our gk for a long long time….maybe messi too if we win copa, as a surprise and inspire our young generation… Ha ha
Finally it will all boil down to if batista gets his desired team. He also needs to pick the 3 overage players. Ideally GK, one of the full backs & maybe a support striker or winger.
any guesses for desired team? and who would you bet are the overage players?
GK and Buendia.
Tough to predict. Only overage player used by batista is ledesma. So logically he shld be there. But my wish is marchesin ( else ledesma), an attacking full back ( angileri) & buendia. I dont see an overlap between copa & olympics team.
No. He should be in our senior squad at least.
For me he is better goalkeeper than E. Martinez.
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