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Football became an Olympic sport at the Paris 1900 Games, with women joining in at Atlanta 1996. In Rio, 16 countries will battle for the men’s title and 12 for the women’s gold medals. Matches are played in seven stadiums across the country.

 

Men's competition

 

The competition consists of two stages; a group stage followed by a knockout stage.

 

Group stage

 

Teams are divided into four groups of four countries, playing every team in their group once. Three points are awarded for a victory, one for a draw. The top two teams per group qualify for the quarterfinals.

 

Group A

22px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg.png Brazil (H)

20px-Flag_of_Denmark.svg.png Denmark

23px-Flag_of_Iraq.svg.png Iraq

23px-Flag_of_South_Africa.svg.png South Africa

 

Group B

23px-Flag_of_Nigeria.svg.png Nigeria

23px-Flag_of_Colombia.svg.png Colombia

23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden

23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg.png Japan

 

Group C

 

23px-Flag_of_South_Korea.svg.png South Korea

23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany

23px-Flag_of_Mexico.svg.png Mexico

23px-Flag_of_Fiji.svg.png Fiji

 

Group D

23px-Flag_of_Portugal.svg.png Portugal

23px-Flag_of_Honduras.svg.png Honduras

23px-Flag_of_Algeria.svg.png Algeria

23px-Flag_of_Argentina.svg.png Argentina

 


 

Information courtesy of:

https://www.rio2016.com/en/football

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_at_the_2016_Summer_Olympics

 

 

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Women's competition   Group stage

 

Teams are divided into three groups of four countries, playing every team in their group once. Three points are awarded for a victory, one for a draw. The top two teams per group and best two third-placed teams qualify for the quarterfinals.

  Group E

22px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg.png Brazil (H)

23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden

23px-Flag_of_South_Africa.svg.png South Africa

23px-Flag_of_the_People%27s_Republic_of_ China PR

 

Group F

23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany

23px-Flag_of_Canada.svg.png Canada

23px-Flag_of_Australia.svg.png Australia

23px-Flag_of_Zimbabwe.svg.png Zimbabwe

 

Group G

23px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France

23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States

23px-Flag_of_New_Zealand.svg.png New Zealand

23px-Flag_of_Colombia.svg.png Colombia

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RESULTS

 

I must confess to not being a soccer fan, but since my country (South Africa) happened to open the Olympic games in their match against Sweden in women's soccer (football), I thought I'd give this a bash :)

 

To my utter surprise, the South African women's team did not disgrace themselves at all! They lost 1-0 against Sweden, but they player well.

 

The results thus far are:

 

Men:

Iraq 0 - 0 Denmark

Honduras 3 - 2 Algeria

Brazil 0 - 0 South Africa

Mexico 2 - 2 Germany

Portugal 2 - 0 Argentina

Sweden 2 - 2 Colombia

Fiji 0 - 8 South Korea

Nigeria 5 - 4 Japan

 

Women:

France 4 - 0 Columbia

Sweden 1 - 0 South Africa

Brazil 3 - 0 China

Canada 2 - 0 Australia

Zimbabwe 1 - 6 Germany

USA 2 - 0 New Zealand

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So I never understood why American Football was called Football.  There is literally nothing in common between these two sports.

 

So today for the first time in my life I watched about five minutes of Rugby.

 

It's basically American Football with way fewer rules and no passing.  <_<

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I tuned in just in time to see the shootout between Brazil and Australia last night.  It was fun to see the 'home' team win; I couldn't get over how packed that stadium was compared to the modest crowds turning out for all the other events.

 

I'm also kind of glad the US lost after all the poor sportsmanship they showed afterwards.  <_<

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Just a lot of spiteful comments about how Sweden were a terrible team who didn't deserve to win and the US was robbed of its rightful spot in the next round.  Sore losers.

Ain't that the truth. I was so disappointed when the US women lost, but it was a fair/good game and Solo is a sore loser. She always has been.

 

I'm looking forward to the games coming up.

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