Football: France will have to provide its Blueberries list for the Tokyo Games on Friday, July 2

A delay for the Bleuets: the French Football Federation (FFF), which is struggling to convince the clubs to release their players for the Olympic Games, has obtained additional time from Fifa to constitute its list, now expected Friday, July 2, has we learned this Wednesday, June 30 from a source close to the file.

The initial list

  • Guardians : Paul Bernardoni (Angers), Gautier Larsonneur (Brest).
  • Defenders : Benoît Badiashile (Monaco), Anthony Caci (Strasbourg), Pierre Kalulu (AC Milan / ITA), Clément Michelin (Lens), William Saliba (Arsenal / ENG), Malang Sarr (Chelsea / ENG).
  • Environments : Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes), Maxence Caqueret (Lyon), Jonathan Ikoné (Lille), Téji Savanier (Montpellier), Florian Thauvin (Monterrey / MEX), Lucas Tousart (Hertha Berlin / GER).
  • Forwards : André-Pierre Gignac (Monterrey / MEX), Amine Gouiri (Nice), Randal Kolo Muani (Nantes), Arnaud Nordin (Saint-Etienne).
  • Reservist : Maxence Prévot (l.) (Sochaux / L2).

The FFF must deliver its list Friday evening before midnight, and not Wednesday as it was initially the case: the coach Sylvain Ripoll has 48 hours to find available players, for this competition located outside the calendars of Fifa, which implies that clubs are not required to release their footballers.

The methods of composition of the list have also been modified at the margin, we learned from the same source: instead of comprising 18 players and four reservists only available in case of withdrawal, the 22 players will be part of a single list, with four names to be taken off the scoresheet at each meeting.

There are at least six players to replace compared to the list initially published: Malang Sarr (Chelsea), Benoît Badiashile (Monaco), Maxence Caqueret (OL), Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes), Jonathan Ikoné (Lille) and Amine Gouiri ( Nice) are blocked by their clubs.

Lorient midfielder Enzo Le Fée and Reims striker Nathanaël Mbuku were mentioned as potential replacements, as well as Ismaël Doukouré (Valenciennes).

For the Olympic tournament in Japan, scheduled from July 21 to August 7, Ripoll will bring Florian Thauvin and André-Pierre Gignac, as well as Teji Savanier, third player to have been chosen outside the age limit providing that participants must be born after January 1, 1997.

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