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Tokyo Olympic Soccer draws set up mouthwatering pairings


The official draw for the Olympic soccer tournaments has been held as the 28 qualified teams have discovered their group opponents for this summer’s sporting showpiece in Tokyo, Japan.

16 men’s teams and 12women’s teams were drawn into seven groups. Brazil-Germany and Spain-Argentina are among the standout men’s clashes while Sweden, USA, Australia, and New Zealand are housed in the Group of death for the women’s edition.

Group G in the women’s tournament features the two co-hosts of the next FIFA Women’s World Cup, Australia, and New Zealand, but it also gives USA the chance for Olympic revenge over a Sweden side that eliminated them from Rio 2016 on penalties.

In the men's event, Brazil and Germany, who faced off in the Rio 2016 final, were sent into a group also comprising Côte d'Ivoire, Saudi Arabia, while Egypt, Spain, Argentina and Australia make up another intriguing section.

Men's Olympic Football Tournament draw:

Group A: Japan, South Africa, Mexico, France

Group B: New Zealand, Korea Republic, Honduras, Romania

Group C: Egypt, Spain, Argentina, Australia

Group D: Brazil, Germany, Côte d'Ivoire, Saudi Arabia

Women's Olympic Football Tournament draw:

Group E: Japan, Canada, Great Britain, Chile

Group F: China PR, Brazil, Zambia, Netherlands

Group G: Sweden, USA, Australia, New Zealand
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