Olympic Torch Relay Celebration. (Photo by Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images)
Olympic Torch Relay Celebration. (Photo by Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images)

Tokyo Olympics 2020: 13 players to watch out for in the men's football tournament

Who’ll be vying for gold in Japan?

Monday, 19th July 2021, 3:00 pm

Fear not international football fans, Euro 2020 may be done and dusted, but the summer still has one major tournament to offer.

The Tokyo Olympics get underway later this week, and one of the premier events, aside from the usual track and field highlights, will be the men’s football competition.

Several top nations will be competing for the gold medal, but rules state that teams are restricted predominantly to players under the age of 24, with a maximum of three overage exceptions.

That means that the Olympics can often be a good place to spot some of the very best emerging talent in the global game, and can even act as a shop window for players to strut their stuff in.

With that in mind, we’ve picked out 13 of the most gifted and promising players on display.

Click and scroll through the pages below to see who you should be keeping an eye on in Tokyo…

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