Joel King Earns Olympic Selection

Sydney FC youngster and 2020/21 Young Footballer of the Year Joel King has been richly rewarded for his form this season with selection in the Olyroos squad for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.

King enjoyed a standout season at left back for the Sky Blues, starting every game of the season in the club’s run to the 2021 A-League Grand Final, and will form part of an 18-player Australian squad competing at the games for the first time since 2008.

20-year-old King, one of the youngster members of the squad, said he was thrilled with the call up.

“It’s a great surprise, with the amount of quality players in my position both in Australia and abroad I definitely wasn’t expecting a call up from Graham Arnold,” King said.

“It’s an achievement that my family and myself are extremely proud of.

“I have no doubt the level of football at the Olympic Games is world class so I’m excited to test myself against some of the best young players in the world.”  

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Joel King in action during season 2020/21.

The Olyroos have been drawn in Group C with Egypt, Spain and Argentina, and will open their campaign on 22 July in Sapporo against the Argentinians.

Olyroos Head Coach Graham Arnold said the team could shock the world in Tokyo.

“It is such a special moment and special time, I am really excited to get to Japan, I can’t wait,” Arnold said.

“My expectations are that we are going to shock the world and we are going to go out there, play on the front foot, we’re not going to go out there trying not to lose the game, we are going out there expecting to win the game and it doesn’t matter who we play.”

“The players that have been selected they are all excited, they are all grateful for the opportunity and the chance. The strength of the Socceroos is the Olyroos and I do expect these kids to really step up.

“People might want to look at it as a ‘Group of Death’ but for me it is a ‘Group of Dreams’. It is what you dream about and you want to play these types of teams (Argentina, Spain, Egypt) and test yourself against the best in the world.”  

The Olympic tournament features under-23 players, with three overage players eligible for selection. The delay to Tokyo 2020 resulted in an extension of the age group, so any player eligible for the initial competition dates in 2020 remains eligible for the Games this year.

Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo – Men’s Football

Name

Position

Age

Olympic Games

Suburb

State

Postcode

Daniel Arzani

Forward

22

Debut

Melbourne

VIC

3000

Nathaniel Atkinson

Defender

22

Debut

Preston

VIC

3072

Keanu Baccus

Midfielder

23

Debut

Kings Park

NSW

2148

Nicholas D'Agostino

Forward

23

Debut

Floreat

WA

6014

Thomas Deng

Defender

24

Debut

Parkville

VIC

3052

Mitchell Duke*

Forward

30

Debut

Lurnea

NSW

2170

Denis Genreau

Midfielder

22

Debut

Carlton

VIC

3053

Thomas Glover

Goalkeeper

23

Debut

Bangor

NSW

2234

Joel King

Defender

20

Debut

Sydney

NSW

2000

Ashley Maynard-Brewer

Goalkeeper

22

Debut

Perth

WA

6000

Riley McGree

Midfielder

22

Debut

Gawler East

SA

5118

Connor Metcalfe

Midfielder

21

Debut

Yallambie

VIC

3085

Dylan Pierias

Midfielder

21

Debut

Melbourne

VIC

2000

Reno Piscopo

Forward

23

Debut

Melbourne

VIC

2000

Kye Rowles

Defender

23

Debut

Terrigal

NSW

2260

Harry Souttar

Defender

22

Debut

Aberdeen

Scotland

 

Ruon Tongyik*

Defender

24

Debut

West Gosford

NSW

2250

Caleb Watts

Midfielder

19

Debut

London

UK