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Football may not be the first sport that comes to mind when thinking about the Olympics but it’s a staple of the Games.
Sure, the men’s tournament doesn’t attract the biggest names as the squads are mostly made up of players under the age of 23 but it’s always a blast. Trust us.
It’s a squeeze to fit a 32-match schedule into a two-week Olympic Games so the first round of matches take place before the Opening Ceremony.
Tokyo Olympics Men’s Football Venues
All of the stadia bar the Tokyo Stadium hosted matches at the 2002 World Cup and the gold medal game takes place at the International Stadium Yokohama which hosted the World Cup final 19 years ago.
The venues that will be used for the men’s football tournament are:
Kashima Stadium – Kashima
Miyagi Stadium – Rifu
Saitama Stadium 2002 – Saitama
Sapporo Dome – Sapporo
Tokyo Stadium – Tokyo
International Stadium Yokohama – Yokohama
Tokyo Olympics Men’s Football Groups
A total of 16 qualifiers have been split into four groups and the winners and runners-up all progress to the quarter-final stage.
Tokyo Olympics Men’s Football Schedule
Thursday July 22
Sunday July 25
Egypt v Argentina – 08:30 BST
France v South Africa – 09:00 BST
New Zealand v Honduras – 09:00 BST
Brazil v Ivory Coast – 09:30 BST
Australia v Spain – 11:30 BST
Romania v South Korea – 12:00 BST
Japan v Mexico – 12:00 BST
Saudi Arabia v Germany – 12:30 BST
Wednesday July 28
Saudi Arabia v Brazil – 09:00 BST
Germany v Ivory Coast – 09:00 BST
Romania v New Zealand – 09:30 BST
South Korea v Honduras – 09:30 BST
Spain v Argentina – 12:00 BST
Australia v Egypt – 12:00 BST
France v Japan – 12:30 BST
South Africa v Mexico – 12:30 BST
Saturday July 31
Tuesday August 3
Friday August 6
Saturday August 7
Tokyo Olympics Men’s Football Gold Medal Winner Odds
Brazil have replaced Spain as the favourites to win the gold medal after a 4-2 victory against Germany in their opening fixture.
The rest of the betting market is priced from 10/1 to 300/1 and you can check out the odds in full by visiting paddypower.com/football/football-olympics-2020?tab=outrights.
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