Each team brings experienced players to the Olympics, although El Tri has been forced to divide their talent between tournaments.
Mexico and France meet on Thursday as they begin their men’s Olympic campaigns in Tokyo.
While France included veterans such as André-Pierre Gignac and Florian Thauvin (who, in a fun twist, plays club football in Liga MX) in a strong squad, Mexico had to share their talents between the Gold Cup in progress and the Olympics.
Still, the likes of Diego Lainez and Guillermo Ochoa make El Tri a formidable opponent.
Ahead of the game, Goal has details on how to watch TV, broadcast online, team news and more.
TV channel, live streaming and how to watch
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Team news and lists
|Position||List of France|
|Goalkeepers||Bajic, Larssonneur, Bernardoni|
|Defenders||Bard, Caci, Doukoure, Kalulu, Michelin, Pembele, Sagnan|
|Midfielder||Beka Beka, Gelin, Le Fee, Savanier, Thauvin, Tousart|
|Before||Gignac, Kolo Muani, Lihadji, Mbuku, Nordin|
The French were disappointed to learn that clubs with several top prospects including midfielder Eduardo Camavinga would not allow their players to travel to Tokyo.
But they remain among the favorites to run a deep run in the tournament, with Gignac and Thauvin the top contenders to lead the way in scoring.
Starting XI planned for France: Bernardoni, Michelin, Sagnan, Kalulu, Caci, Toussart, Savanier, Le Fée, Mbuku, Gignac, Thauvin.
|Position||List of Mexico|
|Goalkeepers||Ochoa, Jurado, Malagon|
|Defenders||Romo, Montes, Vasquez, Angulo, Sanchez, Lorona, Mora|
|Midfielder||Lainez, Cordova, Rodriguez, Alvarado, Antuna, Esquivel, Beltran, Erick Aguirre, Angulo|
|Before||Martin, Vega, Eduardo Aguirre|
Mexico will be led in the attack by Lainez, who distinguished himself in the Nations League earlier this summer. Henry Martin also participated in this tournament in the front row of El Tri.
The Olympic team will have seen their compatriots qualify for the knockout stages of the Gold Cup and will seek to reproduce this feat.
Planned starting XI: Ochoa, Erick Aguirre, Vasquez, Angulo, Sanchez, Antuna, Esquivel, Rodriguez, Romo, Lainez, Martin.
France won gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, while Mexico took top honors in 2012.
This is France’s first participation in the Olympic Games since 1996.