Atletico Madrid forward duo leads Argentina's Olympic team
Two of Diego Simeone's rising stars and one of his children will help guide Argentina at the Olympics this summer.
Argentina, amid federation turmoil that has included Lionel Messi retiring and Gerardo Martino resigning as manager, named its 18-player squad that will compete in Rio, quashing reports that the nation would pull out of the competition.
Angel Correa and Luciano Vietto, Atletico Madrid's 21- and 22-year-old forwards, and Giovanni Simeone, River Plate's 19-year-old striker, were among the players selected by new U-23 manager Julio Olarticoechea, who has stepped in for Martino, the initial manager of the Olympic squad.
Victor Cuesta, who was on Argentina's Copa America runner-up squad, and Real Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli were the only overage players selected by Argentina.
Paulo Dybala, Juventus's 22-year-old star forward, and Mauro Icardi, the 23-year-old Inter Milan striker, were omitted. Both were on the 35-man preliminary roster.
Here is Argentina's squad, which will play against Portugal, Algeria and Honduras in group play, in full:
GOALKEEPERS: Gerónimo Rulli (Real Sociedad), Axel Werner (Atletico Rafaela)
DEFENDERS: José Luis Gómez (Lanus), Lisandro Magallán (Boca Juniors), Lautaro Gianetti (Velez Sarsfield), Víctor Cuesta (Independiente), Leandro Vega (River Plate) Alexis Soto (Banfield)
MIDFIELDERS: Santiago Ascacibar (Estudiantes), Mauricio Martínez (Union), Lucas Romero (Cruzeiro), Giovani Lo Celso (Rosario Central)
FORWARDS: Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Joaquin Correa (Sampdoria), Critian Espinoza (Huracan), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Luciano Vietto (Atletico Madrid), Giovanni Simeone (River Plate)