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TUE 20.07.2021 | NEWS

LaLiga Santander & LaLiga SmartBank stars head to Tokyo in search of Olympics glory

29 players from 8 different countries have been called up for the men’s football tournament in Japan.

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TUE 20.07.2021

LaLiga will have a strong presence at this summer’s Olympic Games, with no fewer than 29 players travelling to Japan in pursuit of the gold medal.

The opening ceremony in Tokyo may not take place until Friday, but for football fans, the action starts a day earlier with the opening round of men’s group stage matches getting underway this Thursday 22nd July.

1992 gold medalists Spain kick things off with the tournament opener against Egypt (9:30am CEST) in Sapporo. 20 of their squad, including the three permitted overage players Marco Asensio, Dani Ceballos and Mikel Merino, currently ply their trade in either LaLiga Santander or LaLiga SmartBank.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid star Take Kubo features for hosts Japan, with Atlético Madrid defender Nehuén Perez set to captain 2008 gold medalists Argentina. He’s joined in the squad by Cádiz CF goalkeeper ‘Conan’ Ledesma.

Diego Lainez (Real Betis & Mexico) and Diego Carlos (Sevilla FC & Brazil) are amongst the other players to be called up. Take a look at the full list of players involved below:

 

ARGENTINA

Conan Ledesma – Cádiz CF

Nehuén Pérez – Atlético de Madrid

 

BRAZIL

Diego Carlos – Sevilla FC

 

FRANCE

Modibo Sagnan – Real Sociedad

 

JAPAN

Takefusa Kubo – Real Madrid

 

MEXICO

Diego Lainez – Real Betis

 

ROMANIA

Alex Pașcanu – SD Ponferradina

Andrei Rațiu – Villarreal CF

 

SOUTH KOREA

Kang-in Lee – Valencia CF

 

SPAIN

Unai Simón – Athletic Club

Óscar Mingueza – FC Barcelona

Marc Cucurella – Getafe CF

Pau Torres – Villarreal CF

Jesús Vallejo – Real Madrid

Martín Zubimendi – Real Sociedad

Marco Asensio – Real Madrid

Mikel Merino – Real Sociedad

Dani Ceballos – Real Madrid

Mikel Oyarzabal – Real Sociedad

Eric García – FC Barcelona

Álvaro Fernandez – SD Huesca

Carlos Soler – Valencia CF

Jon Moncayola – CA Osasuna

Pedri – FC Barcelona

Javi Puado – RCD Espanyol

Óscar Gil – RCD Espanyol

Juan Miranda – Real Betis

Bryan Gil – Sevilla FC

Iván Villar – RC Celta

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