Men’s Olympics Football | Japan 2021…

JebelSherif

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Amazed at the amount of players who featured in europe or Copa America who've been called up for this. Probably not a surprise with Brazil but amazed looking at Spanish squad.

Mikel Oryazabal must be one of most played forwards in last 12 months as he pretty much always starts for Real Sociedad, featured regularly for Spain and now in olympic squad.

Unai Simon, Pau Torres, Eric Garcia, Pedri and Dani Olmo also in euros squad and all but Garcia regular starters aswell.

La Liga actually starts on August 14th so next to no break for those guys.

Would make Spain favourites ahead of Brazil, will probably meet up in final if draw allows.
Isn't there a UEFA rule that players have to have a 3 week break?

Perhaps Spanish teams effected might ask to start later (man Utd. and man City did last year), otherwise they are just going to have to start the season with less players to pick from.
 

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1. He’s most likely confusing Saudi with Qatar, who have done what he’s said in the past, simply because they’re both Arab countries with money. It’s like going to a Japanese restaurant and asking for Chinese food.

2- It implies that Saudis can’t play well or score a “great goal” without it having been the result of “a bunch of foreign lads” playing.

I’m not interested in derailing the thread though, I’m just going to call it out when I see it.
I wasn't confusing anything. I lived in both Qatar and Saudi as a youngster and the perception that Saudi imported footballers during the 80's and early 90's was common among Saudis and expats alike back then.

I appreciate that rehashing old stereotypes isn't necessary though. Wasn't intended to be racist but I'll remove the comment anyway.
 

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Nearly another remarkable goal from Rilee McGree who was nominated for the Puskas award in 2018.
 

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I wasn't confusing anything. I lived in both Qatar and Saudi as a youngster and the perception that Saudi imported footballers during the 80's and early 90's was common among Saudis and expats alike back then.

I appreciate that rehashing old stereotypes isn't necessary though. Wasn't intended to be racist but I'll remove the comment anyway.
Then you’re perception is wrong mate
I am a Saudi
Supported United while I was in the UK in the late 70s but moved back to Saudi since 1980
Saudi, Qatar and the rest of the GCC countries are a mix of Arabs from the Arabian peninsula and African migrants ( Africa being a small gulf of sea away) with countries like Kuwait and Bahrain having some Persian mix due to their proximity to Iran. from GCC counties only Qatar started giving nationalities to foreign sportsmen and that only started from 2000 onwards. In fact the had an Olympian medalist who didn’t even speak Arabic. But it makes them happy and they think it gives them exposure.
 

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Lackie Wales just needed to hold his run. Good thing for him he hit the woodwork.
 

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Ivory Coast 2-1 Saudi Arabia
Amad with Assist

Nice play by Amad, he HAS to play more this season.
Great turn and shoot from Kessie too, thought he looked good vs us last season, ran the midfield. Wouldn’t mind seeing him in a red shirt.
 

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Brazil look menacing so far. This German team won’t scare Ivory Coast from what I’ve seen so far.
 

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4 Aussies in the book now. Can't let this game become 10 against 10.