With the ongoing Olympic Games in Tokyo nearing its conclusion, and almost every event is either over or the last match is about to take place, many sports fans regret not seeing the popular players of the world’s most popular sport in the Olympics. Is. We are talking about football, and many sports enthusiasts can’t understand why big football stars like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo don’t represent their countries team in the Olympics.
Under-23 national team takes
In fact, the game of football in the Olympic Games is only for players under the age of 23. From the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, this rule was strictly enforced, although from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, a team could have a maximum of 3 senior players. In fact, FIFA, the governing body of football, believes that the Olympics and the Football World Cup are held in four years, so if the entire senior team of nations also play in the Olympics, then the importance of the World Cup will be reduced. That’s why the International Olympic Committee also agreed to this. Although they can participate as senior players, most professional footballers do not participate in the Olympics on their own after a period of time, in addition, the coaches of Olympic teams themselves rarely include senior players in the team because of their Arriving is likely to affect the coordination of the youth team. That’s why you don’t see big names in Olympic football much.
Bad record of big teams
Due to the age limit, even the big winning teams have not been able to do much in the Olympics. Brazil has to date won only one Olympic gold in men’s football at the 2016 Rio Olympics, while Germany has won the gold only once, as East Germany. Only 1 gold came in the name of France in 1984. Due to this rule of youth enthusiasm, African countries like Nigeria and Cameroon have won gold 1-1 times.
Messi played for Argentina’s under-23 football team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the team won gold. Angel Di Maria was also included in this team. Neymar, the world’s most expensive football player, has also participated in the Olympics for Brazil. In 2012, the 20-year-old Neymar was part of the Under-23 national team and his team got a silver medal, while in 2016 he was one of the 3 senior players who could join the Under-23 team and he got the gold.
The Olympics has been nothing special for Cristiano Ronaldo. He participated in the 2004 Athens Olympics for Portugal as a 19-year-old but his team was eliminated in the group stage.
What were the results in Tokyo
Almost all football matches have taken place in the Tokyo Olympics. The final match of the men’s team is to be held between Brazil and Spain. Mexico won the men’s team bronze by defeating hosts Japan. In women’s football, Canada won the gold by defeating Sweden in a penalty shootout, while the United States defeated Australia to win the bronze.