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15/04/2016 - 08:34

Olympic draw at Maracana sets out road towards gold

The stage is now set for the men’s and women’s Olympic Football Tournaments at Rio 2016, following Thursday’s draw at the Maracanã’s auditorium. The Olympic Football Tournaments will have a total of 58 matches, with 32 for the men, and 26 for the women. Please find the match schedule here.

The action gets under way on 3 august, with five other cities aside from Rio staging games: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador and Sao Paulo. Both finals will be played at the Maracanã, with the women going for gold on the 19th and the men doing likewise a day later.

"Just under two years ago, Brazil hosted a magical edition of the FIFA World Cup, and it will be glorious to see these cities again at the centre of the football world this August," said Lydia Nsekera, deputy chairperson of the Organising Committee for the Olympic Football Tournaments, member of the Executive Committee and IOC member. "That is why I would like to express my gratitude to the Host Cities for bringing to life the legacy of that World Cup. There is no place for football like Brazil, and I can't wait to see these six cities setting up a dream stage once again for football fans from across the globe."

Draw Results.: -Men's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016:

. Group A =Brazil | South Africa | Iraq | Denmark.

. Group B =Sweden | Colombia | Nigeria | Japan.

. Group C Fiji? = Korea Republic | Mexico | Germany.

. Group D =Honduras | Algeria | Portugal | Argentina.

-Women's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016:

. Group E =Brazil | China | Sweden | South Africa.

. Group F =Canada | Zimbabwe | Australia | Germany.

. Group G =USA | New Zealand | France | Colombia.

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