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21 July, 2021

MEN’S FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT AT TOKYO 2020: BRAZIL-GERMANY REMATCH HEADLINES FIRST DAY

The Rio 2016 finalists will meet in Group D on the opening day of men’s football, while hosts Japan get their campaign underway at the Tokyo Stadium.

Remember the sheer ecstasy and joy in the Maracanã Stadium when Neymar Jr. netted the winning penalty kick at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 to secure Brazil the men’s football gold medal?

It’s a moment German fans would rather forget, as their team were on the losing end then. But now, at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in 2021, the two teams will meet again on the very first day of men’s competition on Thursday, 22 July, at the International Stadium Yokohama.

Hosts Japan are also in action on Thursday, taking on South Africa in a Group B clash at the Tokyo Stadium, as excitement grows in the country. Spain-based KUBO Takefusa, widely tipped as the next Japanese star as he is contracted to Real Madrid, will be in action.

Other men’s football matches on 22 July are: Mexico vs France in Group A, New Zealand vs Republic of Korea and Honduras vs Romania in Group B, Egypt vs Spain and Argentina vs Australia in Group C, and Côte d’Ivoire vs Saudi Arabia in Group D.

Keep an eye on…

Teams had to name under-24 squads, with up to three overaged players. Most of the squads named include full internationals among their overaged players.

While Brazil will not have Neymar Jr. this time, they can count on two-time FIFA World Cup stalwart Dani Alves. The 38-year-old has 118 full Brazil caps to his name.

Germany, meanwhile, have included 14-cap Max Kruse of Union Berlin, Wolfsburg’s Maximilian Arnold and Nadiem Amiri of Bayer Leverkusen as their three overaged players, all with international experience to their name.

France have 2018 FIFA World Cup winner Florian Thauvin in their team, while Mexico’s goalkeeper for the Olympics is Guillermo Ochoa, a four-time World Cup participant who has won 114 caps for his country since 2005.

Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos lead a strong Spanish team which includes goalkeeper Unai Simón, fresh off helping the senior national team reach the semi-finals of the European Championships.

Hosts Japan have included national team captain YOSHIDA Maya and his 2018 FIFA World Cup teammates SAKAI Hiroki and ENDO Wataru as their three overaged players.

The three overaged players for Côte d’Ivoire are Eric Bailly of Manchester United, Franck Kessie of AC Milan, and Sivasspor’s Max Gradel, who have 172 senior international caps between them.

Other teams with European experience include Egypt, who have called up Ahmed Hegazy (formerly of Aston Villa in England); Republic of Korea’s HWANG Ui-jo (Bordeaux in France); and New Zealand (Burnley’s Chris Wood).

What happened at Rio 2016?

Brazil defeated Germany 5-4 on penalties in the gold-medal match at Rio 2016 following a 1-1 draw after extra time.

Neymar Jr. and Max Meyer scored in regular time before a scoreless extra time period. All five Brazilian penalty takers scored, while Nils Petersen missed for Germany.

Nigeria won bronze after beating Honduras 3-2 in the bronze-medal match.

  1. Brazil
  2. Germany
  3. Nigeria

Competition schedule (all times JST)

Date and Time: Thu 22 July 16:30 – 21:30
Venues: Sapporo Dome

  • Men’s Group C, Egypt vs Spain
  • Men’s Group C, Argentina vs Australia

Date and Time: Thu 22 July 17:00 – 22:00
Venues: Tokyo Stadium

  • Men’s Group A, Mexico vs France
  • Men’s Group A, Japan vs South Africa

Date and Time: Thu 22 July 17:00 – 22:00
Venues: Ibaraki Kashima Stadium

  • Men’s Group B, New Zealand vs Republic of Korea
  • Men’s Group B, Honduras vs Romania

Date and Time: Thu 22 July 17:30 – 22:30
Venues: International Stadium Yokohama

  • Men’s Group D, Côte d’Ivoire vs Saudi Arabia
  • Men’s Group D, Brazil vs Germany

Date and Time: Sun 25 July 16:30 – 21:30
Venues: Sapporo Dome

  • Men’s Group C, Egypt vs Argentina
  • Men’s Group C, Australia vs Spain

Date and Time: Sun 25 July 17:00 – 22:00
Venues: Ibaraki Kashima Stadium

  • Men’s Group B, New Zealand vs Honduras
  • Men’s Group B, Romania vs Republic of Korea

Date and Time: Sun 25 July 17:00 – 22:00
Venues: Saitama Stadium

  • Men’s Group A, France vs South Africa
  • Men’s Group A, Japan vs Mexico

Date and Time: Sun 25 July 17:30 – 22:30
Venues: International Stadium Yokohama

  • Men’s Group D, Brazil vs Côte d’Ivoire
  • Men’s Group D, Saudi Arabia vs Germany

Date and Time: Wed 28 July 17:30 – 22:30
Venues: Sapporo Dome

  • Men’s Group B, Romania vs New Zealand
  • Men’s Group A, South Africa vs Mexico

Date and Time: Wed 28 July 17:00 – 22:00
Venues: Miyagi Stadium

  • Men’s Group D, Germany vs Côte d’Ivoire
  • Men’s Group C, Australia vs Egypt

Date and Time: Wed 28 July 17:00 – 22:00
Venues: Saitama Stadium

  • Men’s Group D, Saudi Arabia vs Brazil
  • Men’s Group C, Spain vs Argentina

Date and Time: Wed 28 July 17:30 – 22:30
Venues: International Stadium Yokohama

  • Men’s Group B, Republic of Korea vs Honduras
  • Men’s Group A, France vs Japan

Date and Time: Sat 31 July 17:00 – 20:00
Venues: Miyagi Stadium

  • Men’s Quarterfinal

Date and Time: Sat 31 July 18:00 – 21:00
Venues: Ibaraki Kashima Stadium

  • Men’s Quarterfinal

Date and Time: Sat 31 July 19:00 – 22:00
Venues: Saitama Stadium

  • Men’s Quarterfinal

Date and Time: Sat 31 July 20:00 – 23:00
Venues: International Stadium Yokohama

  • Men’s Quarterfinal

Date and Time: Tue 3 Aug. 17:00 – 20:00
Venues: Ibaraki Kashima Stadium

  • Men’s Semifinal

Date and Time: Tue 3 Aug. 20:00 – 23:00
Venues: Saitama Stadium

  • Men’s Semifinal

Date and Time: Fri 6 Aug. 20:00 – 23:00
Venues: Saitama Stadium

  • Men’s Bronze Medal Match

Date and Time: Sat 7 Aug. 20:30 – 23:30
Venues: International Stadium Yokohama

  • Men’s Gold Medal Match
  • Men’s Victory Ceremony

Published under Promotion on 21 July, 2021.

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