16-year-old Arsenal goalkeeper Joao Virginia named in Portugal’s Olympic squad


Young Arsenal goalkeeper Joao Virginia has been named in Portugal’s squad for the Olympic Games.

The 16-year-old recently signed scholarship terms with the Gunners after joining as a schoolboy from Benfica last year.

A talented shot-stopper, Virginia has represented Portugal at youth level and was part of the squad the won the U17 European Championships this year, although he didn’t play.

Virginia is one of three Arsenal representatives at the Olympics, joining Serge Gnabry (Germany) and Takuma Asano (Japan).

Virginia’s absence will leave Arsenal short of goalkeepers for the start of the U18 league season, although there is a possibility that Hugo Keto could feature as an overage player.

The Olympics take place from August 3rd to 20th, with Portugal facing Honduras, Algeria and Argentina in Group D.

Virginia will be the youngest player involved in the tournament out of all the Olympic squads.



  1. Jeorge, do you know the squad for the Durban tournament. I have seen a photo of a short player of Asian origin with the squad. can you please confirm who is he?

  2. Jeorge, can you please confirm the squad for the Durban tournament. I have seen the photo of the team arriving in south Africa and in the middle of the photo, there is this little player whom I have never seen before. he is of Asia origin. Can you please tell me who could he be

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