Bielsa and Uruguay, now heading to the pre-Olympics | Sports XEU

Next Monday, December 11, with 15 players at the disposal of Marcelo Bielsa, the Uruguayan national team will begin its preparations for the preliminary tournament for the Olympics, which will be held in Venezuela between January 20 and February 11.

This was stated on Tuesday by the Uruguayan Football Federation in a statement highlighting that the base of players called up are under 20 years of age.

There he also stressed that as the weeks pass, more footballers from the local and foreign environment will join, who due to their age are suitable to compete in a competition reserved for those under 23 years of age.

The first 15 players cited were goalkeeper Kevin Martinez. Defenders Juan Rodriguez, Paolo Caglioni, Patricio Pacifico and Silvio Lopez; Midfielders Mauricio Amaro, Eric Coelho, Thiago Helguera and Mateo Peralta; The attackers are Facundo Teixeira, Agustin Albarracín, Faustino Baroni, Rodrigo Duduk, Joaquín La Vega and Lucas Agazi.

Six of them are defending Defensor Sporting, two against Danubio, two against Peñarol, two against Nacional, two against River Plate and one against Montevideo Wanderers.

The preliminary tournament, which will be held in Venezuela, will give two places to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Uruguay, led by Argentine Bielsa, will form the second group, along with Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Peru.

The last time La Celeste played in the Olympic Games was in London 2012, where the team led by Oscar Washington Tabárez and reinforced by Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani did not go beyond the first round after losing to Senegal and the United Kingdom.

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On the other hand, Uruguay won the gold medal twice: Paris 1925 and Amsterdam 1928.

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