Brazil clinched the gold medal in the men’s event at Rio 2016. The defending World Champions France will feature a new generation of French prospects. France named World Cup winner Florian Thauvin and veteran striker Andre-Pierre Gignac to its Olympics football team.
Olympics 2020 : FRANCE NATIONAL TEAM PREVIEW
The 18-man list does not include Kylian Mbappe, who is featured playing in the European Championship. Although, the Paris Saint-Germain star had previously said he’d like to play in both the Euro 2020 tournament and the Tokyo Olympics for France.
Goalkeepers: Paul Bernardoni (Angers), Stefan Bajic (Saint-Etienne), Dimitry Bertaud (Montpellier)
Defenders: Melvin Bard (Olympique Lyonnais), Anthony Caci (Strasbourg), Ismael Doukoure (Valenciennes), Pierre Kalulu (AC Milan), Clement Michelin (Lens), Timothee Pembele (Paris Saint-Germain
Midfielders: Alexis Beka Beka (Caen), Jeremy Gelin (Stade Rennais), Enzo Le Fee (FC Lorient), Teji Savanier (Montpellier), Florian Thauvin (Tigres UANL), Lucas Tousart (Hertha Berlin)
Forwards: Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres UANL), Randal Kolo Muani (FC Nantes), Isaac Lihadji (Lille), Nathanael Mbuku (Reims), Arnaud Nordin (Saint-Etienne)
OLYMPICS 2020 : GROUP SCHEDULE
France have been placed in Group A, along with Japan, Mexico, and South Africa. Group A has the deepest of the four on paper and could eventually produce the champion.
PREDICTED LINEUP AND FATE OF THE FRANCE NATIONAL TEAM IN OLYMPICS 2020
Although the squad majorly pulls from France’s Ligue 1, Kylian Mbappe who exited the Europen Championship in a disappointing fashion has not been included.
Teenage sensation Nathanael Mbuku is a regular starter in Ligue 1 after having shone for Les Bleus at the Under-17 World Cup 2019. Moreover, he led France to bronze at the 2019 U-17 World Cup. He also claimed the silver boot as the second-top scorer in the competition.
France has named both of Tigres’ French players in their squad for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo as two of their three allotted overage players.
Andre-Pierre Gignac and Florian Thauvin both have had careers with the French National Team. Meanwhile, Thauvin was part of the 2018 World Cup team
Pierre Kalulu has been impressive during his time at AC Milan. In addition to Kalulu, we will be seeing Melvin Bard and Clement Michelin in the French backline. Meanwhile, Paul Bernardoni will be between the sticks. In the same vein, Thauvin will be playing a more creative role, along with Lucas Tousart playing a deeper role.
In conclusion, we could see France reaching the Semi-Finals along with Brazil.