- Fate has spoken for the Tokyo Olympic Football Tournament 2020
- Host Japan to open against Canada in Group E
- 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 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament.
Host Japan will face Canada in their opener in Group E, where they will also face Great Britain and Chile. Group G promises to be particularly exciting with the two co-hosts of the next FIFA Women’s World Cup, Australia and New Zealand, but also the United States who will find the Swedes who eliminated them in penalties in Rio 2016. Finally, PR China, Brazil, Zambia and the Netherlands make up Group G.
“We were all disappointed to miss the 2016 Olympics and we haven’t forgotten that feeling. The players are happy to be back in the tournament and are aware of the responsibility they carry. strong teams, like in the men, but it’s great for us. We have to analyze what lies ahead and manage as well as possible. Team spirit will be key. ” – Asako Takakura, Japan coach
“We fell into a very exciting squad for sure. Japan have been an extremely talented team and a great powerhouse in women’s football for many years. Canada is another very good team, very physical, as we are. we saw recently against England and Wales. Chile are not a team that I know so well, but they put in a very impressive performance against Cameroon to qualify for the first time in their history. ” Hege Riise, Great Britain coach
“We will approach these Olympic Games with optimism and try to show the mentality of Steel Roses. We hope our players can show the world what they are capable of “- Jia Xiuquan, PR China coach
“China is a technical team, also a strong, cohesive and aggressive team. They will arrive perfectly prepared for this competition. The Netherlands have played in the World Cup final and we know they are a very good team. we know the players well, finally Zambia, which we will have the chance to study a bit like we play them last, but what i saw tells me is that they are very strong, fast and well organized. ” – Pia Sundhage, Brazil coach
“It’s hard at the moment to say if it’s a good draw. Of course there are three good opponents waiting, but logistically it looks like it will be a good setup. Like always when you go into a competition the first game is everything. Of course it will be quite a challenge to face the United States first. ” – Peter Gerhardsson, Sweden coach
“We have great respect for our three opponents in this group and we know this tournament will push us to push our limits both mentally and physically. Every game will challenge us technically and tactically. We will do everything we can to these. next months to succeed “- Vlatko Andonovski, USA coach
“Obviously it’s a tough draw. But it also means that we know our future opponents well. There is Sweden, which I naturally know very well, the United States for whom I have worked for several. years … And then obviously, all my staff know New Zealand very well, so we have a clear idea of who awaits us “- Tony Gustavsson, Australia coach