While it is not a make-or-break year, Takefusa Kubo's third season out on loan could be pivotal to his long-term prospects at Real Madrid.
Japan international Kaoru Mitoma has earned a move to Premier League outfit Brighton but will spend the coming season on loan in Belgium.
Check out all the fixtures, venues and kick-off times for Men's Olympic Games soccer and the knockout bracket.
Brazil successfully defended their gold medal from Rio 2016, but of more importance are the implications for the Selecao's 2022 World Cup hopes.
Brazil needed an extra-time winner from Malcom to claim Olympic gold with a 2-1 win over Spain on Saturday.
Japan again fell short in its quest to win its first Olympic medal in men's football since 1968 following a 3-1 defeat to Mexico.
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Brazil see themselves as the spiritual guardians of "the beautiful game" but, over the last few decades, Spain have usurped the Selecao.
Japan can still claim a historic bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics even if their quest for gold was ended by Spain in Tuesday's semi-finals.
Marco Asensio scored an extra-time winner to give Spain a 1-0 win against Japan at the Miyagi Stadium in Rifu on Tuesday.
Brazil beat Mexico 4-1 on penalties in their men's Olympic semifinal in Saitama on Tuesday following a 0-0 draw after extra-time.
Brazil sealed their third-straight Olympic final spot with a win over Mexico on penalties, even without striker Matheus Cunha.
Japan face a tough test against Spain in the semi-finals of the men's football at the Tokyo Olympics as they continue their gold medal quest.
With all four of Africa's Olympic competitors eliminated from the football tournaments, ESPN runs the rule over their performances in Japan.
Japan playmaker Takefusa Kubo is ready to give Spanish football a reminder of why he already has had spells at the country's biggest clubs.
Tuesday's Olympic semi will see Brazil face Mexico -- a contest that has the potential to be one of Latin America's great footballing rivalries.
Holders Brazil reached the Olympic men's football tournament semifinals following a narrow 1-0 victory over Egypt.
Mexico overcame South Korea 6-3 in a a goal fest to reach the semifinals of the men's Olympic football tournament in Yokohama.
Hosts Japan displayed nerves of steel as they edged out New Zealand 4-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the men's Olympic football semifinals.
Spain have made the men's Olympic football semifinals as Rafa Mir scored a hat trick to secure a 5-2 victory over Ivory Coast in extra-time.
It was not pretty but Japan did enough to see off New Zealand in the quarter-finals of the Olympics men's football - and that's all that matters.
Brazil's Dani Alves has won 43 trophies for club and country. But he has his sights on Olympic gold and one last shot at an elusive World Cup title.
With the right blend of defensive experience and youthful flair, Japan may have found the key to unlocking gold at the Olympics.
Japan and South Korea will once again represent Asia in Olympic Games men's football after both qualified for the quarterfinals.
A much-changed Australia team was eliminated at the group stage, leaving them to wonder "what if?" while Egypt focus on a quarterfinal vs. Brazil.
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