Rio de Janiero is agog as the world biggest sporting event gets under way. Although, Rio 2016 official opening ceremony will be on Friday, the football event kicks off tomorrow.
The first group stages of the women’s tournament take place on Wednesday with Sweden facing South Africa, while the men’s group stages start on Thursday, when Iraq play Denmark.
The reason why the football event is starting before the opening ceremony is simply for scheduling reasons, as it was at London 2012.
With 16 men’s and 12 women’s teams, there are 58 matches to get through. There is football being played on 12 days of the tournament, with six rest days.
Group A: Brazil, South Africa, Iraq, Denmark
Group B: Sweden, Colombia, Nigeria, Japan
Group C: Fiji, South Korea, Mexico, Germany
Group D: Honduras, Algeria, Portugal, Argentina
Group E: Brazil, China, Sweden, South Africa
Group F: Canada, Australia, Zimbabwe, Germany
Group G: USA, New Zealand, France, Columbia
Barcelona forward Neymar will captain a Brazil squad aiming to win its first Olympic gold medal, while Chelsea’s John Mikel Obi brings experience for Nigeria.
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