The final squad for Argentina’s defence of their gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Football Tournament has been announced by Under 23 coach Sergio Batista. Following Bayern München’s refusal to allow Martín Demichelis to join the squad, and Real Madrid doing likewise with Gonzalo Higuaín, the side looks slightly different to that originally named prior to the preperatory friendlies. Inter defender Nicolás Burdisso replaces Demichelis as one of the three overage players. The others are still Javier Mascherano and Juan Román Riquelme.
Oscar Ustari (Getafe, Spain)
Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands)
Pablo Zabaleta (Espanyol, Spain)
Ezequiel Garay (Real Madrid, Spain)
Federico Fazio (Sevilla, Spain)
Nicolás Burdisso (Internazionale, Italy)
Luciano Monzón (Boca Juniors)
Fernando Gago (Real Madrid)
Ever Banega (Valencia, Spain)
Javier Mascherano (Liverpool, England)
Juan Román Riquelme (Boca Juniors)
Angel Di María (Benfica, Portugal)
José Sosa (Bayern Munich, Germany)
Diego Buonanotte (River Plate).
Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Spain)
Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli, Italy)
Lautaro Acosta (Sevilla, Spain)
Sergio Agüero (Atlético de Madrid, Spain)
Nicolás Navarro (Napoli, goalkeeper)
Nicolás Pareja (Anderlecht, Belgium, defender)
Lucas Biglia (Anderlecht, midfielder)
Emiliano Insúa (Liverpool, midfielder)
Reserves won’t travel, but could be called up prior to the tournament beginning in the event of an injury to one of the players in the squad. Overage players (each side competing in the Olympic Football Tournament is allowed three players over the age of 23) are highlighted in orange. The side will play a friendly against Japan on the 29th July in Tokyo, before travelling to Beijing, where they begin the defence of their title against the Ivory Coast on the 7th August – the first day of the group stage. Their other group matches will be against Serbia and Australia.