Half of the Olympic football representative’s mission has been accomplished. The second part is in the lobbying that is sustained in order to form the best possible team. The minimum that was asked of the team was to qualify for the Tokyo Games, because the qualification zone is weak due to their infrastructure in the local league and because they have already won the gold medal at some time.
For the third time in a row, the national team qualified for the Olympic tournament. Those led by Jaime Lozano got their ticket after beating Canada 2-0 in the semifinal duel of the pre-Olympic tournament held in Guadalajara.
Like other qualifiers, this tie was postponed for a year due to the pandemic. That is why the tournament went from being a U-23 to a U-24 contest, in an unprecedented situation in the Olympics since professional players were accepted and it was agreed with the FIFA to be an age-restricted World Cup.
Sebastián Córdoba, Urien Antuna and Alexis Vega, among others, were the cornerstone of this Aztec team during the tie and now they become players from whom the same high-level performance is expected to aspire to reach the medal zone in the Japanese fair.
For the Mexican delegation, it is the third classified overall team: the women’s softball team and the men’s baseball team achieved it previously. The real chances for the soccer team of a medal now lie in what Lozano can negotiate between now and the deadline to deliver the final list of players.
And is that the Olympic tournament, scheduled from July 23 to August 8, joins the final phase of the Gold Cup, scheduled from July 10 to August 1. Although the coach of the major, Gerardo Martino, announced that the priority will be for the Olympic team, the final decision of the players and the permission of their clubs are also missing, because it is not an official tournament of the FIFA and teams are not required to give in to their elements.
There are several players from the senior team who are old enough to play the Olympic Games. These are the cases of Edson Álvarez, Diego Lainez, Jorge Sánchez, Gerardo Arteaga and Efraín Álvarez.
On the other hand there are the elements that Jimmy Choose to reinforce your team as the rules allow three players over the age of 24. With the exception of Athens 2004, both in Atlanta 1996 and in London 2012 and Rio 2016 it was decided to summon a goalkeeper, a defender and a forward.
The tournament hierarchy demands that managers and players lean towards Tokyo. It is a U-24 World Cup, contributing to a competition where you compete as a single multidisciplinary delegation and with the antecedent of having reached the glory of Olympus in London 2012. On the other side of the scale, the Gold Cup is a tournament regional that little builds in sports to tricolor mayor.
The gold medal achieved in British lands is considered by many as the most outstanding result of Mexican football, while for the Olympic movement it is the last time that the National Anthem was sung next to the national flag at the top of a podium. .