Men’s Olympic Football Tournament
- Official draw made for Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020
- Japan will open play towards South Africa in Group A
- Here’s how varied coaches and gamers have been reacting to the draw
An thrilling milestone on the street to Tokyo 2020 gold was reached on Wednesday when the official draw for the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament was carried out in Zurich.
Hosts Japan will play South Africa of their opening match, whereas Brazil and Germany, who confronted off within the Rio 2016 remaining, had been despatched right into a Group D additionally comprising Côte d’Ivoire and Saudi Arabia, whereas Egypt, Spain, Argentina and Australia make up one other intriguing part.
“I think it will be a difficult group. It’s going to be hard to reach the knockout stage, but our goal isn’t just to get through the group stage, it’s to win the gold, so whatever group we’re in that goal isn’t changing. We need players who can have an impact on the pitch, who have been core members of the national team, can keep the team steady with their experience and work well with the U-24 players. I think we’ll absolutely need overage players in order to play our best.”
Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu
“We now know the identity of our opponents. It is a tough draw but a good draw and I am very excited. This is a group in which preparations are critical. If we apply ourselves fully, we can get to the knockout stages.”
South Africa coach David Notoane
“It’s a group full of promise in terms of entertainment with a very interesting variety of football. Mexico is a reference in terms of the Olympic Football Tournament as they won the tournament in 2012 against Brazil. Everybody know Japanese football has improved. Our group will play in Tokyo. To be in the Olympic Village, in the heart of the Olympic Games will be something special for sure.”
France coach Sylvain Ripoll
“Firstly, I’m delighted to be speaking about worldwide soccer after the previous 12 months. The entire squad has been ready for the chance to signify the nation and are massively enthusiastic about going to Japan to accomplish that. There are not any straightforward video games in worldwide soccer however it’s truthful to say we did handle to keep away from a few of the historically larger nations, I in all probability owe Ryan a drink for that. We simply can’t wait to recover from there now and begin enjoying to correctly check ourselves and on the world stage.”
New Zealand Danny Hay
“There is no team weaker than us. I will make sure we prepare our best and that we win a medal.”
Korea Republic coach Kim Hakbum
“Football has things from the past, because one cannot forget its history to continue moving forward, one can dream, get excited, plan for the future, but in reality, football is the present. So, we can aspire to improve that, but not be tied to previous results, because they are neither the same players, nor the same coach nor the same tournament. Comparisons are worthless in this case.”
Honduras coach Miguel Falero requested if there may be strain for the group to equal or higher their fourth place-end at Rio 2016
“At first glance, it seems a good group, but unpredictable. I am confident that we will achieve an important performance. I said it before EURO 2019 that we go to the final tournament to make life difficult for any opponent and to qualify for the Olympic Games. I still say that I want an Olympic medal.”
Romania coach Mirel Radoi
Egypt coach Shawky Gharieb watched the draw together with his workers in Cairo. The Pharaohs shall be competing at Tokyo 2020 as African champions.
“We were excited about the draw because we want to start living this important event and because we are moved and excited about living this experience. We are very excited because it is a unique event that generates great expectations throughout the country and we know that the whole world of sport in Spain will follow us. We are in a very tough and difficult group, but the illusion that we carry is above any adversity in terms of the difficulty that we could have with the opponents. We are three continental champions in addition to Australia and it is sure to be difficult.”
Spain coach Luis de la Fuente
“I consider we’ve obtained a improbable draw, and will probably be a fantastic expertise for our boys. In the previous enjoying towards Argentina has introduced the perfect out of Australian footballers, whereas the chance for us to play towards a prime African nation in Egypt, in addition to Spain, is a good alternative to present what we’ve obtained. The Olympics is the second greatest stage in worldwide soccer after the World Cup, and the following few months will current a fantastic alternative for our group to carry out properly, but additionally for people to begin the following a part of their careers.”
Australia coach Graham Arnold
“It’s a big debut for us – a global classic, the final of the last Olympics, in a stadium in which we have great memories of a World Cup Final that Brazil won.”
Brazil coach Andre Jardine
“One cannot speak of the typical German luck of the draw. I think groups C and D will be the hardest groups. Eighty to ninety per cent of the players in the Côte d’Ivoire play in Europe. I saw Saudi Arabia at the Asian Championships in Thailand, the team has an unusual style and a special mentality. And you don’t really have to say much about Brazil – we all remember great duels between the senior national teams and the final of the 2016 Olympic Games.”
Germany coach Stefan Kuntz
“Represent your country with honour,” stated Saudi Arabia’s Saad Al-Shehri.