- Fate has spoken for the Tokyo 2020 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament
- Host Japan to open against South Africa in Group A
- A selection of reactions following the draw
A crucial step on the road to Tokyo 2020 was taken this Wednesday, April 21 with the official draw in Zurich for the Tokyo 2020 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament.
Host Japan will face South Africa in their opener in Group A, which also includes France. Brazil and Germany, who faced each other in the Rio 2016 final, find themselves in Group D which also includes Côte d’Ivoire and Saudi Arabia. Group C, made up of Egypt, Spain, Argentina and Australia, also promises to make sparks.
FIFA.com offers you an anthology of reactions from the breeders concerned by this draw.
“Our group is very tough and it will be difficult to reach the second phase, but our goal is not only to come out of the group but also to win the gold medal, regardless of our opponents. We need decisive players who have proven themselves in selection and stabilize the team thanks to their experience. We absolutely need this input. ” – Hajime Moriyasu, Japan coach
“The draw gave us a strong and homogeneous group, it seems to me. Mexico is a reference nation on the American continent. A very solid team, with a lot of qualities and a state of mind that we know. The Mexicans were Olympic champions in 2012, at the London Games, beating Brazil in the final. So a big nation of world football as the first opponent of our tournament. Japan as the host country will also be formidable, he proposes a quality football, in constant progress. Finally, South Africa represents a continent which is often very competitive in Olympic tournaments. ” – Sylvain Ripoll, France coach
“First, I want to say that I am delighted to be talking about international football after the past year. Our team are looking forward and excited to represent the country in Japan. There are no easy matches in international football, but we can say that we managed to avoid the bigger nations. ” – Danny Hay, New Zealand coach
“At first glance it looks like a good group, but unpredictable. I have no doubts that we are going to put in a good performance. As I said before the qualifying tournament, we can make life difficult for any opponent. I still think so and I want an Olympic medal. ” – Mirel Radoi, Romania coach
“We are delighted with this raffle because we are looking forward and excited to have this experience. We are very excited because it is a unique event that generates high expectations across the country and we know that the everyone from the sport in Spain will follow us. We are in a very hard and difficult group, but our hope is above all adversity “- Luis de la Fuente, Spain coach
Egypt coach Shawky Gharieb watched the draw with his staff from Cairo.
“Now we can start to analyze and study our future opponents. Against Spain we will have to be focused and play a perfect game to win. There will be no excuses and we will have to play our game no matter what. be the opponent. To win a medal, you have to face the best. ” – Fernando Batista, Argentina coach
“The tournament will start strong for us with this classic of world football which will be the revenge of the final of the last Olympic Games, all in a stadium that we have fond memories of with the World Cup final won by Brazil. ” – Andre Jardine, Brazil coach
“You can’t say that Germany is lucky in this draw … I think Groups C and D will be the toughest. Most of the Ivory Coast players play in Europe, and I have saw Saudi Arabia play which has an unusual style and an unusual mentality. And what about Brazil … it will be a poster loaded with memories, especially the Rio 2016 final “- Stefan Kuntz, Spain coach