Brazil U23 faces Germany U23 in round 1 of the Olympic Games. The match will be played on Thursday, July 22nd at Yokohama Stadium (Yokohama)
Brazil is the reigning Olympic football champion. In the final of the last home Olympics, Selecao beat the Olympic national team of Germany. The opponents couldn’t determine the winner in regulation time but scored two goals. And the hosts of the tournament were more accurate in the penalty shootout. As for the upcoming Olympic tournament, coach André Jardine made a bet mostly on players from the local championship. But he was looking for offensive players across Europe and called up Martinelli from Arsenal London, Cunha from Hertha, Paulinho from Bayer, Malcom from Zenit, and Richarlison from Everton.
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As I’ve mentioned above, the German Olympic team is the current vice-champion of the Olympic Games. The Germans made their way to this tournament by taking 2nd place at the European Championship among under-21 teams. This will be the 11th Olympics for Die Mannschaft. In addition to silver medals at the last tournament, the German national team (then West Germany) won bronze medals of the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988. And in the semifinals of that tournament, the Germans lost to Brazil. The Olympics have not yet begun, but there was a scandal in a recent Germany’s match against Honduras. They played a friendly game, and the Honduran said something racist towards Torunarigha. The German player quickly snitched to his partners and coach Kunz, who took his players off the field.
As you can see, Germany has often had problems in the matches against Brazil at the Olympics. In addition to the two mentioned games, they met at the Olympic Games in 1952 in Finland and in 1994 in the United States. However, the Germans never beat Selecao in regulation time. At least two goals were scored in three out of four head-to-head matches. The upcoming game will surely bring no fewer goals. I’ve already said about the selection of attacking players in the Brazilian team, but I will add that the Germans also have it at the proper level (Kruse and Teuchert from Union Berlin, Richter from Augsburg, Ache from Eintracht Frankfurt, and Amiri from Bayer). At the same time, Brazil is still staffed with much better quality, and it will probably not lose to the Germans at the Olympics once again.
Prediction for the match: Brazil U23 to win with +0.5 handicap and Over 1.5 goals scored