The Argentine Under 23 National Team qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games after beating Brazil 1-0 in their last match in the South American Olympic Qualifiers in Venezuela. Now, coach Javier Mascherano must analyze the Albiceleste's possible rivals in the mid-year tournament.
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There are 16 teams that will compete for the three medals in the French capital for approximately two weeks (from July 24 to August 10) and in seven venues: Paris, Saint-Étienne, Nantes, Nice, Bordeaux, Lyon and Marseille. There are 12 teams that are already classified, including Argentina. It remains to be seen whether Paraguay or Venezuela will accompany him through South America.
As for the possible rivals of Javier Mascherano's team, Spain, Ukraine and Israel have already qualified on the European continent, the three teams that were best placed in the UEFA European Under 21 tournament, which was played in mid-2023. Ok Remember that France already obtained its place by being the organizer of the event.
Through Concacaf, the United States and the Dominican Republic will participate in the 2024 Olympic Games, having accepted their place in the Under 20 tournament, which was played just one year after the last tournament was held, in 2022.
Thanks to the U23 African Cup of Nations, Morocco, Egypt and Mali will be part of the Olympic event. As for Oceania, New Zealand will occupy the only available spot on the continent.
Javier Mascherano, coach of the Argentine Under 23 National Team. (Photo: EFE)
Which teams still have a chance to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games?
In addition to the South American Olympic Qualifiers in Venezuela, for which the Argentine National Team qualified for Paris 2024 and it remains to be seen whether Paraguay or Venezuela will accompany it, the three teams that will participate representing the Asian continent have yet to be defined. They will be played in the U23 Asia Cup, which will be played in Qatar from April 15 to May 3.
Finally, the remaining team will be determined in a playoff type match. This same one will be played between the one who finished in fourth place in the African championship, Guinea, and the one who finishes in the same place in the Asian tournament that will begin in April.
How the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will be played
The 16 teams qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will compete in four groups of four. The first two in each group will enter a knockout phase.
These qualifiers will compete in the quarterfinals, the semifinals, the match for third place and the final, remaining out through direct elimination. All teams must present squads of 18 players, of which 15 must have been born on or after January 1, 2001 and three will have no age restrictions.