Luis de la Fuente, Spanish Olympic coach, gave this Tuesday the list of 22 summoned, 18 plus four alternates, which included the Valencian player Carlos Soler and Villarreal defender Pau Torres, who currently disputes the Eurocup with the absolute
In addition, the coach included Marco Asensio, after resigning from the U21 European Championship in 2019 who gave the ticket to the Olympics, already Dani ceballos, and six players who are playing Euro 2020.
Unai Simón, Eric García, Pau Torres, Pedri, Dani Olmo and Mikel Oyarzabal will engage in the Eurocup dispute, in which Luis Enrique’s men reached the quarterfinals on Monday after beating Croatia 3-5 in extra time, with the concentration of the Spanish Olympic team.
All of them will join, at the latest if Spain reaches the final, before leaving for Japan on July 13.
De la Fuente had available three places for those born before January 1, 1997, for which it was speculated for several months that one of them could be for Sergio Ramos and that has finally been left out since the coach chose to mix the 2019 U21 generation with that of 2021. The chosen ones have been Marco Asensio, Mikel Merino and Dani Ceballos, all of them born in 1996.
A call in which the coach opted in defense for the versatility of Óscar Mingueza and Marc Cucurella.
In the center of the field he chose footballers of great confidence for him. Martín Zubimendi was the anchor of the team during the recent European Under-21 in which Spain fell in the semifinals against Portugal, while Ceballos and Merino played that role in 2019.
From the list of 22 players, 18 will be permanent and four will travel to Japan as substitutes and they will only participate in the event that there is any casualty, in the form of injury or positive, although all players will be vaccinated to the Japanese country. One of them will be safe, except for a setback, Álex Domínguez, traveling as third goalkeeper.
Those selected will be concentrated on the 30th at 20:00 CET (18:00 GMT) and the next day they will exercise at the Ciudad del Fútbol facilities, before moving to the Alicante town of Benidorm, where they will prepare for the Games.
The team will travel to the Japanese city of Kobe on Tuesday, July 13, a place where four days later they will play a friendly against the host team. The team will travel to Sapporo on Sunday 18, the venue for their first two matches in the Olympic tournament.
Spain, classified as European under-21 champion in 2019, will return to the Olympic Games after being absent in Rio 2016. In Group C, it will debut in the opening match on July 22 at the Sapporo Dome against Egypt, champions African, and three days later, on Sunday 25, Australia will be measured.
The third game of the group stage will be on Wednesday 28 against Argentina, South American champions, at the Saitama stadium.
List of 22 summoned
Goalkeepers: Unai Simón (Athletic Club) and Álvaro Fernández (Huesca), Álex Domínguez (UD Las Palmas).
Defenses: Óscar Mingueza (Barcelona), Jesús Vallejo (Real Madrid), Eric García (Barcelona), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Óscar Gil (Espanyol), Marc Cucurella (Getafe), Juan Miranda (Betis).
Midfielders: Jon Moncayola (Osasuna), Martín Zubimendi (Real Sociedad), Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid), Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad), Carlos Soler (Valencia), Pedri (Barcelona).
Forwards: Bryan Gil (Sevilla), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Dani Olmo (Leipzig), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Rafa Mir (Wolverhampton) and Javi Puado (Espanyol). EFE