As expected, there will be the stars André-Pierre Gignac and Florian Thauvin, but also the very unexpected Ismaël Doukouré, Alexis Beka Beka or Modibo Sagnan: laboriously constructed by Sylvain Ripoll, faced with the reluctance of the clubs, the list of the team of France football for the Olympics has been updated by the coach.
The federation published a first list last week, but many clubs refused to release the selected players, as they are entitled to since the Olympic tournament (from July 21 to August 7) is not on the official Fifa calendar. .
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Ripoll therefore had to replace several players, such as Rennais Eduardo Camavinga, Lillois Jonathan Ikoné, Monegasque Benoît Badiashile or Niçois Amine Gouiri, with less popular elements.
A derogation to complete the list
Some clubs, such as Olympique Lyonnais (OL) or PSG, have however finally agreed to release a player, which has helped Ripoll to complete his list, but it remains nevertheless very far from what was initially planned.
Above all, it was extremely difficult to build and for a long time only counted about ten names, until a waiver from Fifa allowed the coach to draw outside the pre-list of 50 names. filed mid-May.
To justify their reluctance to release their players, some clubs have put forward important deadlines, such as Monaco which will play in August the preliminary rounds of the Champions League.
But in the end, the difficulties encountered by Ripoll are summed up by the fact that the list has only 21 names, against 22 authorized, knowing that two players, Lille striker Isaac Lihadji and Montpellier goalkeeper Dimitry Bertaud, remain for the ‘moment in club and will not go to Japan’ that in case of need “. In Group A, France will face Mexico, Japan and South Africa.
The list of the 21 players of the France team for the Olympic Games
► Reminder: the lists of national selections for the Olympic Games can only include players born after the 1ster January 1997, with the exception of three players who may be over 23 years old. This is the case of André-Pierre Gignac (35 years old), Florian Thauvin (28 years old) and Téji Savanier (29 years old).
♦ Guardians: Stefan Bajic (Saint-Étienne), Paul Bernardoni (Angers), Dimitry Bertaud (Montpellier);
♦ Defenders: Melvin Bard (Lyon), Anthony Caci (Strasbourg), Ismaël Doukouré (Valenciennes), Pierre Kalulu (AC Milan), Clément Michelin (Lens), Timothée Pembélé (PSG), Modibo Sagnan (Real Sociedad);
♦ Backgrounds: Alexis Beka Beka (Caen), Jérémy Gélin (Rennes), Enzo Le Fée (Lorient), Téji Savanier (Montpellier), Florian Thauvin (Tigres), Lucas Tousart (Hertha Berlin);
♦ Attackers: André-Pierre Gignac (Tigres), Randal Kolo Muani (FC Nantes), Isaac Lihadji (Lille), Nathanaël Mbuku (Reims), Arnaud Nordin (Saint-Étienne)