In Quartet D, Brazil, Germany, Ivory Coast and Saudi Arabia will play each other.
Brazil, Germany, Côte d’Ivoire and Saudi Arabia will compete in the fourth quartet in the group stage of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Two favorites of the group are obvious – Brazil and Germany, but Côte d’Ivoire may surprise, given the choice of players.
There is no doubt that both the Germans and the Brazilians are claiming victory in the Olympics. Such teams do not go to tournaments in a row. Their formations are very serious, but more on that later. There is every chance that this group will be the most interesting in the tournament.
The Brazilian national team traditionally brings a very serious line to such competitions. The Olympics were no exception. Note that the Brazilians will try to defend the title of the winner. Again, relying on Neymar will not work, but this time there will be artists with a big name. The same Richarlison is not the first season to show itself well in the Premier League and could become a serious threat to Brazilian rivals.
Richarlison from the America’s Cup team will be joined by Aston Villa defensive midfielder Douglas Louis, who can provide a witty, fresh ball in midfield. Brazil has won a medal in each of the last three Olympic tournaments. Most likely, opponents will need excellent performance to stop this machine.
Footballer to Watch – Gabriel Martinelli
Most of the Brazilian squad follows the model of a promising young player, but 20-year-old striker Gabriel Martinelli could be the most talented of all. During his two seasons at Arsenal, he has shown the ability to score big goals at the right moments.
In total he scored 12 for the Gunners in 48 games, including three in the Europa League. Martinelli made a name for himself with the world in 2020, scoring a goal in the Premier League game against Chelsea. The striker understands very well that he needs to show his level in such tournaments in order to continue his path to the status of a top player.
Veteran Team Leader – Dani Alves
It seems, what is missing? And rightly so – there is no Olympic gold medal in the Brazilian defender’s trophy room. Crazy experience, leadership qualities and, let’s be honest, still a decent level of gaming. Dani Alves will undoubtedly be the leader of this team and will be able to remember his youth.
And if anyone has any doubts that Alves is still good, he has scored a goal and made four assists in 18 appearances for Sao Paulo this season. The only thing that can prevent the Brazilian is an injury. This and last year he had to spend a lot of time in nursing.
Goalkeepers: Brenno (Guild), Lucao (Vasco de Gama), Santos (Atletico Paranaense)
Defenders: Nino (Fluminense), Ricardo Grassa (Vasco de Gama), Guillermo Arana (Atletico Mineiro), Dani Alves (Sao Paulo), Diego Carlos (Sevilla), Abner Vinisius (Atletico Paranaense), Bruno Fuchs (CSKA Moscow)
Midfielders: Mateus Enrique (Guild), Bruno Guimaraes (Lyon), Douglas Luis (Aston Villa), Claudinho (Bragantino), Rainier (Borussia Dortmund), Douglas Augusto (PAOK), Gabriel Menino (Palmeiras)
In front: Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Paulinho (Bayer Leverkusen), Richardlison (Everton), Matheus Cunha (Hertha Berlin), Anthony (Ajax)
The first feature worth talking about in the context of the German Olympic team is that all 22 players from the application will play at home. In the 2019 European Under-21 Championship, the German national team lost in the final match against the Spaniards. The same generation will fight for Olympic gold.
Germans in any age group do not need any special introduction. In the Bundesteam, everything is perfectly organized for all the teams. Philosophy, excellent staff and winning mentality are absorbed with the “mother’s milk” in children’s and youth schools. Of course, the German national team is one of the contenders to win the league.
Footballer to Watch – Nadiem Amiri
The attack of midfielder Nadiem Amiri played a key role in Germany’s triumph in the 2017 U21 European Championship, as well as its advancement to the final of the same tournament in 2019. At 24, he is approaching his cousin. The Bayer midfielder certainly has room to grow, but now he is to be expected in the senior national team.
Although he is capable of scoring goals, his best ability is considered to be an excellent vision of the field. The midfielder provides his partner with balls in dangerous free zones near and in the opponent’s penalty area. Such smart football players are always highly regarded, so it is definitely worth keeping an eye on this football player.
Veteran Team Leader – Max Kruse
Max Kruse is already 33 years old and can be almost certain that this is his last chance to play in a major tournament. The striker has 85 goals in the Bundesliga. Lately, he has often changed his club record, but has always remained a stable player who has scored a few goals.
Last season, he played for the somewhat sensational Union Berlin, after spending 22 games in which he scored 11 goals and made five assists. A very solid indicator that inspires confidence up front. In addition, the experience of a football player will help young partners.
Composition of the German national team:
Goalkeepers: Florian Müller (Stuttgart), Luca Plogmann (Werder Bremen), Svend Brodersen (without club).
Defenders: Benjamin Henriks (Leipzig), Josha Phagnoman (Hamburg), Amos Piper (Armenia), Felix Udookhai (Augsburg), Jordan Torunariga (Hertha), David Raum (Hoffenheim).
Midfielders: Maximilian Arnold (Wolfsburg), Arne Mayer (Hertha), Anton Stack (Greuther-Fuhr), Niklas Dorsch (Ghent, Belgium), Ismael Jacobs (Cologne), Eduard Leuven (Bochum), Nadezhda Amiri (Bayer).
Front: Max Cruze (Union), Cedric Toichert (Union), Marco Richter (Augsburg).
The Ivorians are a dark horse that could destroy the affairs of Brazil or Germany in Group D. The Elephants have done the services of many of the country’s top stars, including Milan midfielder Frank Kessier. The already-requested 24-year-old has already played 48 caps for the country’s national senior team, making his debut in 2014 at the age of 17.
The Ivory Coast Olympic team is full of talent from the best leagues in Europe. Only two players in the squad play in the country’s domestic league.
African national teams are traditionally physically fit and can absolutely surprise any team, which is expected this time around.
Footballer to Watch – Amad Diallo
For many, Amad Diallo needs no introduction. At least I’ve heard of his transfer to Manchester United. Sure, he’s a little practicing in the new team’s field, but the goal against Milan in the Europa League already says something.
A very fast, technical, physically gifted footballer who was trained in tactics in Italy. The Olympics are a tournament in which Amad Diallo can open and declare himself in a new way. With Jadon Sancho on the road, Manchester United will be thinking about which of their young talents should lend and retain.
So, Amad Traore can win the competition against Pellistree and James. Or at least show yourself to get a new teamas high as possible, on a rental basis.
Veteran Team Leader – Eric Bailly
And another Manchester United representative. After being moved from Villarreal, the defender’s excellent explicitness is followed by long-term injuries. A very aggressive and selfish footballer ends up constantly in the infirmary, which prevents him from showing himself fully.
Maybe, somewhere he lacks the faith of the coach at Manchester United, but in the Olympic team he is one of the most authoritative football players – he needs to confirm his class on the pitch, lead the partners young people along with him. An excellent chance to prove that the “Red Devils” can rely on Eric in the coming season.
Team composition Ivory Coast
Goalkeepers: Eliezer Ira Teip (San Pedro), Maxim Nagoli Upo (Sol), Nicholas Tee (Vitoria Guimaraes)
Defenders: Quao Coffey (Vizela), Zie Ouattara (Vitoria Guimaraes), Wilfrid Singo (Torino), Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Quadio-Yves Delilah (Mouscron), Ismael Diallo (Ajaccio), Silas Gnaka (Eupen)
Midfielders: Ebue Kuassi (Genk), Idrissa Doumbia (Huesca), Frank Kessier (Milan), Max Gradel (Sivasspor), Yusuf Dao (Sparta Prague)
In front: Chick Timite (Amiens), Christian Cuame (Fiorentina), Vakun Issuf Bayo (Toulouse), Mori Keita (Ursl Wiese), Kader Keita (Westerlo), Abubakar Doumbia (Maccabi Netanya), Amad Diallo (Manchester United)
Saudi Arabia is approaching the league with a pretty good gaming experience in a major league. The U-23 team was able to take second place in the last Asian Cup in 2020. In addition, the Arabs competed in the 2018 World Cup, which could lead to the idea that a new era of football is beginning in their country.
Saudi Arabia’s domestic football league is improving every year, which has a positive effect on the level of national teams. All 22 football players from the application play in the Saudi Arabian Championship.
Footballer to Watch – Abdulrahman Jharib
The versatile attack football player is already 24 years old, but at home he is still considered young and promising. Over the past four years, Jharib has played 86 appearances for Al-Ahli, scoring 13 goals and nine assists.
He also debuted with the senior national team in October 2018. Since then, he has played six games.
Veteran Team Leader – Salem Al-Davarsi
The 29-year-old played for the most successful club in Saudi Arabia, Al Hilal, during his career. He is already one of the top scorers in the history of the country. So, given his 12 accurate shots in 39 games.
In addition, you may remember Al-Dawarsi as the football player who scored the goal of the victory against Egypt in the 2018 World Cup. Al-Davarsi has experience and talent as well. It remains for the partners to contribute to the success.
Saudi Arabia squad
Goalkeepers: Zayed Al-Bawardi (Al-Shabab), Mohammed Al Rubay (Al-Ahli), Amin Bukhari (Al-Ain)
Defenders: Saud Abdulhamid (Al-Ittihad), Abdullah Al-Amri (Al-Nasr), Khalifa Al-Dawsari (Al-Qadsia), Yasir Al-Shahrani (Al-Hilal), Hamad Al-Yami (Al-Qadsia), Abdullah Hasun (Al-Ahly), Abdulbasit Hindi (Al-Ahly)
Midfielders: Torok Al-Ammar (Al-Shabab), Salman Al-Faraj (Al-Hilal), Yasser Al-Shahrani (Al-Hilal), Ali Al-Hasan (Al-Nasr), Ayman Al-Hulaif (Al-Veda)) , Sami Al-Najay (Al-Nasr), Nasser Al-Omran (Al-Shabab), Mukhtar Ali (Al-Nasr), Abdulrahman Jharib (Al-Ahli),
Front: Abdullah Al-Hamdan (Al-Hilal), Salem Al-Dawarsi (Al-Hilal), Ayman Yahya (Al-Nasr).
Schedule of group matches:
July 22, 10:30 Ivory Coast – Saudi Arabia
July 22, 13:30 Brazil – Germany
July 25, 10:30 Brazil – Côte d’Ivoire
July 25, 13:30 Saudi Arabia – Germany
July 28, 10:00 Saudi Arabia – Brazil
July 28, 10:00 Germany – Ivory Coast