The last stop for Tokyo: Three months before the start of the OlympiadThe women’s and men’s soccer teams will get to know their opponents in the gold medal race with the Olympic tournament draw on Wednesday (10:00 am). This will take place at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, while across Switzerland in Montreux, UEFA will try to respond at Tuesday’s congress. Premier League and 12 dissident clubs attack
The stakes are not the same, of course, and on Wednesday the only question will be who will win the titles in the opener, who will face the reigning Brazilian champion in the men or the overwhelming American candidates in the women.
French team cap 4
For the men’s tournament, the 16 teams were divided into four hats of four, according to a ranking determined during the last five editions of the Olympic tournament. According to FIFA, the latest offers ‘More weight’ Developing this scheme was a bonus Awarded to countries that have won their continental qualification
Japan qualified as hosts with Brazil, winners at Rio 2016 with Neymar, Argentina and South Korea. But other groups hide formidable traps, starting with France in the fourth hat.
Royal route to the United States?
Even if it seems unlikely, the problem of the presence of Kylian Mbappé with the Bleuets remains to be resolved. But with or without the Paris-SG star, Sylvain Ripoll’s choice is a contender for the medal and will look like a scarecrow in the draw.
While two teams from the same federation cannot compete in a group, we can imagine a formidable group composed of Brazil, Mexico and Egypt, hoping for Mohamed Salah and France. Conversely, the French can also belong to a group made up of Korea, Honduras and New Zealand, which are infinitely affordable.
Among the women, who play a championship with twelve teams, the German title holder does not qualify and the peloton seems to be open to the Americans, the two-time world champion, whose symbols are Megan Rapinoe or Alex Morgan. The players of “Team USA”, who appear in first place with Japan and the Netherlands, also take their revenge after the Olympic Games in Rio and are the only ones not to have reached the top. Finals (four titles and one silver medal) in the first five editions).
Hat during the draw
Hat 1: Japan, Argentina, Brazil and South Korea. Hat 2: Germany, Spain, Honduras, Mexico. Hat 3: South Africa, Egypt, Ivory Coast and New Zealand. Hat 4: Australia, Saudi Arabia, France, Romania.
Hat 1: Japan, United States and the Netherlands. Hat 2: Brazil, Great Britain, Sweden. Hat 3: Australia, Canada, China. Hat 4: Chile, New Zealand, Zambia.