Paris 2024: Impressive Nigerian Descent Samu Omorodion Named in Spain’s Olympic Squad

Paris 2024: Impressive Nigerian Descent Samu Omorodion Named in Spain’s Olympic Squad

Babajide Orevba
June 27, 2024 at 5:18 AM
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  • Samu Omorodion will represent Spain at this year's Olympic Games in Paris, having made the final 22-man squad of Santi Denia
  • The 20-year-old forward was born in Melilla, Spain, to Nigerian parents, and he has also been linked to play for the African nation
  • Spain's squad for the tournament is dominated by Barcelona and Atletico Madrid players, while two players from the country's Euro 2024 squad will also join the team

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Nigerian descent Samu Omorodion has been named in Spain's squad for the football event of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

The 20-year-old Atletico Madrid star is listed in the final 22-man squad for the tournament, which will take place from July 26 to August 11.

Omorodion was born in Melilla, Spain, to Nigerian parents, and he has also been linked to play for his country of birth.

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Samu Omorodion will represent Spain at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Photo Credit: Fran Santiago.
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It was gathered that Spain's U21 manager named a strong side for the summer games, including two members of the ongoing Euro 2024 with the senior side.

Villarreal’s Alejandro Baena and Barcelona's Fermin Lopez are billed to join the team in France as soon as their continental assignment is done.

Spain's team for this year's Olympic Games is dominated by players from La Liga outfits Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

The Catalan club's squad includes Pau Cubarsi, Lopez, and returning loanee Eric Garcia, while Atleti's squad includes goalkeeper Alejandro Iturbe, Pablo Barrios, and Omorodion.

Manchester City’s Sergio Gomez, Braga’s Abel Ruiz and Real Betis’ Juan Miranda are the three overaged players representing Spain at the Summer Games.

Punch reports that the trio are hardly much older than their peers at 24 but are part of the same generation that came together through the youth categories.

Spain’s Olympic squad

Goalkeepers

Arnau Tenas (PSG), Joan Garcia (Espanyol), Alejandro Iturbe (Atletico Madrid).

Defenders

Marc Pubill (Almeria), Juanlu Sanchez (Sevilla), Eric Garcia (Barcelona, on loan at Girona), Cristhian Mosquera (Valencia), Pau Cubarsi (Barcelona), Jon Pacheco (Real Sociedad), Juan Miranda (Real Betis), Miguel Gutierrez (Girona).

Midfielders

Adrian Bernabe (Parma), Benat Turrientes (Real Sociedad), Alex Baena (Villarreal), Pablo Barrios (Atletico Madrid), Aimar Oroz (Osasuna).

Forwards

Sergio Gomez (Manchester City), Fermin Lopez (Barcelona), Diego Lopez (Valencia), Sergio Camello (Rayo Vallecano, Samu Omorodion (Atletico Madrid, on loan at Alaves), Abel Ruiz (Braga).

Chelsea target Samu Omorodion

Sports Brief earlier reported that Chelsea's bid for Omorodion has reportedly been declined.

The 20-year-old is one of the strikers the Blues are targeting this summer to bolster their squad depth ahead of the 2024/25 season.

The young striker spent last on loan at Deportivo Alaves and produced eye-catching performances, attracting interest from top clubs.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.
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