This summer Premier League players will feature at the Rio 2016 Olympic games in Brazil. Nations competing in the Olympics football tournament must send teams that feature players who are under 23 year old, but can also field up to three overage players. The Olympic Football tournament will run from the 4th to the 20th of August, 2016. While the Premier League kicks off on Saturday August the 13th, 2016. This means any nations that progress past the group stages of the Rio Olympics football tournament are guarnteeded to miss at least the opening round of the Premier League. This is important for Fantasy Premier League managers, as a many top EPL players will be unavailable and thus should avoided during initial squad selections.
Here are more details about the Rio 2016 Olympic Football Tournament.
Rio Olympics Football FAQ
When is the Rio 2016 Olympics Football Tournament?
The mens football tournament runs from the 4th-20th of August. The group stage matches will be complete by the 10th of August. Quarter Final Matches on the 13th of August. Semi Final matches on the 17th of August and the Gold & Bronze medal matches on Saturday the 20th of August.
Which nations are competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics Football Tournament?
Brazil, Argentina, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Fiji, Honduras, Mexico, Algeria, Nigeria, South Africa, Iraq, Japan, South Korea, Colombia.
Which Premier League players are playing at Rio 2016?
The official squads, including over age players, have not yet been released. We’ll update the details of Premier League players confirmed to be playing at the Olympics as the tournament gets closer. Here’s a list of the potential Premier League players that could feature in the Olympic tournament, by qualified nation:
Eligible Players: Andreas Pereira (Manchester United)
Potential Over-Age Players: Gabriel (Arsenal), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Willian (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Lucas Leiva (Liverpool), Fernandinho (Manchester City)
Eligible Players: Bruno Zuculini (Manchester City), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton)
Potential Over-Age Players: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United), Mauro Zarate (West Ham United), Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).
Eligible Players: Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).
Potential Over-Age Players: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Essaid Belkalem (Watford), Adlene Guedioura (Watford).
Eligible Players: Viktor Fischer (Middlesbrough)
Potential Over-Age Players: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Anders Lindegaard (WBA), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham).
Eligible Players: Non.
Potential Over-Age Players: David Ospina (Arsenal).
Eligible Players: Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)
Potential Over-Age Players: John Obi Mikel (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Watford), Victor Moses (West Ham United), Emmanuel Emenike (West Ham United), Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion), Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City), Sone Aluko (Hull City).
Eligible Players: Emre Can (Liverpool), Serge Gnabry (Arsenal)
Potential Over-Age Players: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Jan Kirchhoff (Sunderland), Robert Huth (Leicester City), Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke City), Rouwen Hennings (Burnley)
Potential Over-Age Players: Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth), Steven Pienaar (Everton)
Potential Over-Age Players: Heung Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur), Lee Chung-Yong (Crystal Palace), Ki Sung Yueng (Swansea City).
Potential Over-Age Players: Cedric Soares (Southampton), Jose Fonte (Southampton), Éder (Swansea City), Ilori (Liverpool), Teixeira (Liverpool).
Eligible Players: Ali Suljić (Chelsea)
Potential Over-Age Players: Martin Olsson (Norwich), Ola Toivonen (Sunderland), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Swansea), Seb Larsson (Sunderland), Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion), Joel Ekstrand (Watford).
The the Olympics get closer and squads are confirmed, we’ll update the details here for you.