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Olympic Football Tournaments 2020 – Men – News – Olmo: I want EURO-Olympics double with Spain

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Olympic Football Tournaments 2020 - Men - News - Olmo: I want EURO-Olympics double with Spain

Men’s Olympic Football Tournament

Spain v Malta - UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier - Daniel Olmo of Spain celebrates after scoring his team's fifth goal 

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  • Dani Olmo amongst new faces in Luis Enrique’s rejuvenated Spain
  • Midfielder impressing for La Roja and RB Leipzig
  • Main objectives for 2021: taking part in on the EURO and Tokyo Olympics

Every time I think of it, I get goosebumps. It was amazing.”

Every profitable profession has a watershed second after which there isn’t any going again. Dani Olmo could be very clear about his. The mere point out of the UEFA European U-21 Championship that Spain received in July final 12 months provokes a beaming smile on his Zoom display.

He headed into that match on the again of an important season with Dinamo Zagreb. However, it was La Rojita’s sensible triumph, with a star flip from Olmo in an attacking midfield function – he racked up three objectives in 4 video games and a person-of-the-match award within the last – that triggered subsequent occasions.

In November 2019, he received his first name-as much as the senior nationwide staff, which he marked with a objective on his debut towards Malta. Then in January, he signed for RB Leipzig, with whom he would find yourself taking part in within the semi-finals of the this 12 months’s UEFA Champions League.

“2019 was an amazing year, the best of my career in terms of personal and collective achievements. 2020 has been a strange year but still beautiful all the same. Reaching a Champions League semi-final is a big thing. It was the first time Leipzig got that far, so it’s something to cherish.”

Dani Olmo of Spain, Alvaro Morata of Spain 

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Dani Olmo, briefly

  • Born: 7 May 1998, Terrassa, Barcelona.
  • Position: attacking midfielder, though he can function on both flank or as a deep-mendacity centre ahead.
  • International: he has represented Spain since U-16 degree and performed 3 times and scored one objective for the senior aspect.
  • Titles: Four leagues championships, three Cups and one Super Cup (all in Croatia) and one EURO U-21 title.

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  • Football within the blood: Dani’s father, Miquel Olmo, was knowledgeable participant and coach, whereas his brother Carlos can be a footballer. “I listen to them a lot and really take their advice into account, as they tell me what they think is best for me.”
  • From La Masia to Croatia: At the age of 16, Dani left Barça to play for Dinamo Zagreb, the place, from the beginning, he alternated between coaching and taking part in with the primary staff. “It was one of the hardest decisions of my life, but it was an opportunity to really grow. I think I can say that it went well, so I’ll be eternally grateful to them.”
  • Dual nationality: Dani additionally holds Croatian nationality however has by no means performed for the Vatreni.

A purple-tinted summer time

Although he has had little or no time to assimilate all that has occurred to him in latest months, Olmo already has new objectives in sight. Among different issues, he’s hoping to have a packed summer time in 2021, with Spain taking part in on the EURO in June after which the Olympic Football Tournament in August, when the European U-21 champions purpose to be within the combine for gold.

“Hopefully it’ll be a busy summer for me, and I can take part in both competitions,” he says with fun. “I feel immense pride every time I pull on the jersey. The motivation couldn’t be greater, as being part of the EURO – a tournament we’re capable of winning, as we’ve shown in qualifying – would be a dream.”

And whereas the prospect to participate within the EURO comes alongside each 4 years, Olmo is aware of {that a} ticket to the Olympic Games is a uncommon privilege.

“For a footballer, the Games are something that happen once in a lifetime, so one of my goals is to secure a place on the team. It’s not going to be easy, as the standard in the squad is very high and there’s a lot of competition.”

If La Rojita, with the likes of Olmo, Fabian Ruiz, Mikel Oyarzabal, Dani Ceballos and firm, can replicate the extent proven in turning into European U-21 champions, then an Olympic gold could possibly be inside attain.

Spain v Germany - 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Final - Dani Olmo of Spain with trophy 

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“I know some people who’ve had the chance to compete at the Olympics and they’ve said it was the greatest experience of their lives. Here at Leipzig I have a German team-mate, Lukas Klostermann, who played in the Rio final against Brazil. We were talking about it and he told me that, although they lost on penalties, it was truly amazing. To be able to experience that next year would be fantastic.”

These days, the attacking midfielder is in camp with the senior squad underneath coach Luis Enrique. After beginning Wednesday’s goalless draw with Portugal, he’s awaiting Spain’s upcoming UEFA Nations League double header towards Switzerland on 10 Oct and Ukraine three days later. The coach, who’s the throes of rebuilding the aspect, considers the 22-12 months-outdated as integral to his plans.

“I know that if I’m well and perform well for my club, I’ll have a better chance of getting called up, so that’s what I have to focus on. And then, if the boss gives me an opportunity in the team, I have to show him that I can be here for the long haul.”

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