The Brazilian player will not be released by Real Madrid for the Olympics.
Many players dream of being able to participate in the Olympic Games football tournament (July 22 to August 7 in Japan). The problem is that the calendar is very busy with the Euro (June 11-July 11) and the Copa América (June 13-July 10). And as the Olympics are not part of the FIFA calendar, clubs are not obliged to release their players for the Olympic event.
Vinicius blocked by Real
This regulation and this traffic jam at the level of the calendar have just made a first victim: the Brazilian Vinicius. According to information from our Spanish Goal correspondent, Mario Cortegana, Vinicius should be in Brazil’s list for the Copa America. However, his club, Real Madrid, told him that he could only participate in one competition this summer, which the player has accepted and respects.
According to information from Mario Cortegana, Eder Militão, the compatriot and teammate of Vinicius, also old enough to participate in the Olympics, will also have to be content with the Copa América.
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Brazil coach Tite should also formalize the names of the players selected for the Copa America in the coming days. Due to the health crisis linked to COVID-19, CONMEBOL has authorized the coaches to call on 28 players instead of 23.
Rodrygo and Reinier at the Olympics?
A third Brazilian from Real Madrid should also be part of the adventure: Casemiro. Despite his 29 years, he could claim both competitions (at the Olympics, each team can field three players over 23 years old) but as for Vinicius and Militão, he can only do one.
In 2016, Casemiro had already given up on the Olympics because of Real Madrid to devote himself solely to the Copa América Centenario. An unfortunate choice since he had been eliminated in the first round while the Brazilian Olympic team triumphed on their land in Rio.
On the other hand, Rodrygo and Reinier are not expected to be part of the Copa America trip. Will they be selected for the Olympics? André Jardine, the coach of the Olympic team will unveil his list on June 17. According to Mario Cortegana, Real are reluctant to release Rodrygo but allow Reinier to travel to Tokyo because he lacks playing time. Last season, his loan to Borussia Dortmund was inconclusive as he only participated ‘to fourteen Bundesliga matches, of which only one as a starter.