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RIO OLYMPICS 2016 - FOOTBALL - TEAMS AND GROUPS

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16 teams made it to the football tournament of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics through different kinds of qualifying tournaments. These 16 teams have been divided into four groups of four. Each team in each group plays each other once, just like in any other major football tournament.

The full schedule for the Olympic football tournament in Rio can be found here!

The only country to reach the tournament without any qualifying required was naturally Brazil, as they are the hosts. Otherwise all teams qualified via major youth tournaments across the globe.

For example, the four countries from Europe, Denmark, Germany, Portugal and Sweden reached the Olympics by being successful in the 2015 U21 European Championships. All of the teams listed made the semi-finals then, with Sweden winning the tournament thanks to a victory on penalties over Portugal.

The teams that qualified for the Olympic football tournament and the qualifying tournaments:

The Olympic hosts: Brazil

South America U20 Championships 2015: Argentina

U21 European Championships 2015: Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Portugal

Pacific Games 2015: Fiji

CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship 2015: Mexico, Honduras

U23 Africa Cup of Nations 2015: Algeria, Nigeria, South Africa

AFC U23 Championships 2016: Iraq, Japan, South Korea

CONCACAF-CONMEBOL Playoff Tournament 2016: Columbia

THE GROUPS FOR THE OLYMPIC FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

GROUP A:

Brazil

South Africa

Iraq

Denmark

GROUP B:

Sweden

Columbia

Nigeria

Japan

Group C:

Fiji 

South Korea

Mexico

Germany

GROUP D:

Honduras

Algeria

Portugal

Argentina

RIO OLYMPICS 2016 - TEAM SELECTIONS

The countries participating in the Olympic Football Tournament are allowed to name a squad containing 18 players. Each squad must have at least two goalkeepers.

The Olympic Football Tournament is for younger players, so teams most consist of mostly players under the age of 23. For Rio, this means players born in 1993 or after.

However, teams are allowed to name three over-age players to their squad. The over-age players in each squad have been marked with a *-symbol.

GROUP A:

Brazil's squad for the Olympics

Goalkeepers:
*Fernando Prass, Palmeiras
Uilson, Atlético Mineiro

Defenders:
Rodrigo Caio, São Paulo
Zeca, Santos
Luan, Vasco da Gama
Douglas Santos, Atlético Mineiro
Marquinhos, Paris Saint-Germain
William, Internacional

Midfielders:
Felipe Anderson, Lazio
Rafinha, Barcelona
Fred, Shakhtar Donetsk
Thiago Maia, Santos
Rodrigo Dourado, Internacional

Forwards
*Neymar, Barcelona
Gabriel Jesus, Palmeiras
Gabriel, Santos
Luan, Grêmio
*Douglas Costa, Bayern Munich

Manager: Rogério Micale

South Africa

Squad yet to be announced

Manager: Owen Da Gama

Iraq's preliminary squad for the Olympics

Iraq's preliminary squad contains 27 players

Goalkeepers:
Fahad Talib, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Mohammed Hameed, Al-Talaba
Mustafa Saadoun, Al-Naft
Karrar Ibrahim, Al-Minaa

Defenders:
Mustafa Nadhim, Naft Al-Wasat
Saad Natiq, Al-Jawiya
Dhurgham Ismail, Rizespor
Ali Adnan, Udinese
Ali Faez, Rizespor
*Ahmad Ibrahim, no team
Hamza Adnan, Al-Minaa
Alaa Ali Mhawi, Al-Zawraa
Mohammed Maan, Al-Naft
Hawbir Mustafa, MVV Maastricht

Midfielders:
Mahdi Kamel, Al-Shorta
Humam Tariq, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Bashar Rasan, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Ali Husni, Rizespor
Amjad Attwan, Al-Shorta
*Saad Abdul-Amir, Al-Qadisiyah
Ali Qasim, Al-Minaa
*Yaser Kasim, Swindon Town

Forwards:
Mohannad Abdul-Raheem, Al-Zawraa
Ammar Abdul-Hussein, Al-Minaa
Abdul-Qadir Tariq, Al-Talaba
Sherko Karim, Grasshopper
Ameer Sabah, Naft Al-Wasat

Manager: Abdul Ghani Shahad

Denmark's preliminary squad for the Olympics

Only eight players have so far been named in Denmark's preliminary squad.

Goalkeepers:
Jeppe Højbjerg, Esbjerg

Defenders:
Jakob Blåbjerg, AaB
Andreas Maxsø, Nordsjælland

Midfielders:
Mikkel Desler, OB
Casper Nielsen, Esbjerg
Frederik Børsting, AaB
Lucas Andersen, Ajax

Forwards:
Nicolai Brock-Madsen, Birmingham City
Yussuf Poulsen, RB Leipzig

Manager: Niels Frederiksen

GROUP B:

Sweden's preliminary squad for the Olympics

Sweden's preliminary squad contains 25 players.

Goalkeepers:
Andreas Linde, Molde FK

Defenders:
Ludwig Augustinsson, Copenhagen
Pa Konate, Malmö FF
Victor Lindelöf, Benfica
Adam Lundqvist, IF Elfsborg
*Alexander Milošević, Hannover 96
Joakim Nilsson, IF Elfsborg
Jacob Une Larsson, Djurgårdens IF
Noah Sonko Sundberg, GIF Sundsvall
Isak Ssewankambo, Molde FK
Sebastian Starke Hedlund, Kalmar FF

Midfielders:
*Astrit Ajdarević, Örebro SK
*Alexander Faltsetas, Djurgårdens IF
Alexander Fransson, Basel
Melker Hallberg, Hammarby IF
*Jiloan Hamad, 1899 Hoffenheim
*Abdul Khalili, Mersin İdmanyurdu
Robin Quaison, Palermo
Ken Sema, Östersunds FK
Muamer Tanković, AZ
Simon Tibbling, Groningen

Forwards:
Gustav Engvall, IFK Göteborg
Mikael Ishak, Randers FC
*Isaac Kiese Thelin, Bordeaux
Jordan Larsson, Helsingborgs IF

Manager: Håkan Ericson

Columbia

Squad yet to be announced

Manager: Carlos Restrepo

Nigeria

Only the three over-age players in Nigeria's squad have been announced.

Goalkeepers:
Daniel Akpeyi, Chippa United FC

Defenders:


Midfielders:
John Obi Mikel, Chelsea

Forwards:
Odion Ighalo, Watford

Manager: Samson Siasia

Japan's squad for the Olympics

Goalkeepers:
Masatoshi Kushibiki, Kashima Antlers
Kosuke Nakamura, Kashiwa Reysol

Defenders:
Sei Muroya, F.C. Tokyo
*Hiroki Fujiharu, Gamba Osaka
Naomichi Ueda, Kashima Antlers
*Tsukasa Shiotani, Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Masashi Kamekawa, Avispa Fukuoka
Takuya Iwanami, Vissel Kobe

Midfielders:
Wataru Endo, Urawa Red Diamonds
Riki Harakawa, Kawasaki Frontale
Ryota Oshima, Kawasaki Frontale
Shinya Yajima, Fagiano Okayama FC
Shoya Nakajima, F.C. Tokyo
Yosuke Ideguchi, Gamba Osaka
Takumi Minamino, Red Bull Salzburg

Forwards:
Yuya Kubo, BSC Young Boys
*Shinzo Koroki, Urawa Red Diamonds
Takuma Asano, Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Manager: Makoto Teguramori

GROUP C:

Fiji's preliminary squad for the Olympics

Goalkeepers:
Shaneel Naidu, Dreketi
Misiwani Nairube, Ba
*Simione Tamanisau, Rewa

Defenders:
Filipe Baravilala, Suva
Jale Dreloa, Suva
*Samuela Kautoga, Ba
Anish Khem, Nadi
Praneel Naidu, Ba
Sakaraia Naisua, Suva
*Alvin Singh, Ba
Kolinio Sivoki, Lautoka
Antonio Tuivuna, Nadi

Midfielders:
Nickel Chand, Suva
Setareki Hughes, Suva
Savenaca Nakalevu, Rewa
Manasa Nawakula, Ba
Osea Turagabeci, Suva
Tevita Waranaivalu, Rewa

Forwards:
*Roy Krishna, Wellington Phoenix
Samuela Nabenia, Ba
Rusiate Matarerega, Suva
Napolioni Qasevakatini, Nadi
Iosefo Verevou, Rewa
Saula Waqa, Ba

Manager: Frank Farina

South Korea's squad for the Olympics

Goalkeepers:
Kim Dong-jun, Seongnam FC
Gu Sung-yun, Consadole Sapporo

Defenders:
Sim Sang-min, FC Seoul
Song Ju-hun, Mito Hollyhock
Choi Kyu-baek, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC
Jeong Seung-hyun, Ulsan Hyundai
*Jang Hyun-soo, Guangzhou R&F
Lee Seul-chan, Jeonnam Dragons
Park Dong-jin, Gwangju FC

Midfielders:
Park Yong-woo, FC Seoul
Lee Chan-dong, Gwangju FC
Lee Chang-min, Jeonnam Dragons
Moon Chang-jin, Pohang Steelers
Ryu Seung-woo, Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Kwon Chang-hoon, Suwon Samsung Bluewings

Forwards:
*Son Heung-min, Tottenham Hotspur
*Suk Hyun-jun, Porto
Hwang Hee-chan, Red Bull Salzburg

Manager: Shin Tae-yong

Mexico's squad for the Olympics

Goalkeepers:
*Alfredo Talavera, Toluca
Gibran Lajud, Tijuana

Defenders:
José Abella, Santos Laguna
Érick Aguirre, Pachuca
César Montes, Monterrey
Carlos Salcedo, Guadalajara
Jordan Silva, Toluca
*Jorge Torres Nilo, Tigres

Midfielders:
Carlos Cisneros, Guadalajara
Rodolfo Pizarro, Pachuca
Víctor Guzmán, Pachuca
Érick Gutiérrez, Pachuca
Michael Pérez, Guadalajara
Alfonso González, Monterrey

Forwards:
Hirving Lozano, Pachuca
*Oribe Peralta, América
Erick Torres, Houston Dynamo
Marco Bueno, Guadalajara

Manager: Raúl Gutiérrez

Germany

Squad yet to be announced.

Manager: Horst Hrubesch

GROUP D

Honduras' preliminary squad for the Olympics

Goalkeepers:
Luis López, Real España
Harold Fonseca, Motagua

Defenders:
Kevin Álvarez, Olimpia
José Barralaga, Real Sociedad
Marcelo Pereira, Motagua
Allans Vargas, Real España
Jonathan Paz, Real Sociedad
*Johnny Palacios, Olimpia
Brayan García, Vida
Elder Torres, Real Monarchs

Midfielders:
Bryan Acosta, Real España
Rodolfo Espinal, Vida
Allan Banegas, Marathón
Darwin Espinal, Tampa Bay Rowdies
Michaell Chirinos, Olimpia
Jhow Benavídez, Real España
Óscar Salas, Olimpia

Forwards:
Alberth Elis, Olimpia
Anthony Lozano, Tenerife
Kevin López, Motagua
*Romell Quioto, Olimpia
Brayan Ramírez, Juticalpa

Manager: Jorge Pinto

Algeria's squad for the Olympics

Goalkeepers:
Abdelkader Salhi, ASO Chlef
Farid Chaâl, MC Alger

Defenders:
Réda Halaïmia, MC Oran
Raouf Benguit, USM Alger
Ramy Bensebaini, Stade Rennais
Houari Ferhani, JS Kabylie
Ayoub Abdellaoui, USM Alger

Midfielders:
Mohamed Benkhemassa, USM Alger
Ahmed Gagaâ, JS Kabylie
Rachid Aït-Atmane, Sporting Gijón
Haris Belkebla, Tours
Zakaria Benchaâ, MC Oran
Zakaria Draoui, CR Belouizdad

Forwards:
Oussama Darfalou, USM Alger
Zakaria Haddouche, ES Sétif
Abdelhakim Amokrane, ES Sétif
*Baghdad Bounedjah, Al Sadd SC
Saïd Benrahma, France Nice

Manager: Pierre-André Schürmann

Portugal

Squad yet to be announced.

Manager: Rui Jorge

Argentina's squad for the Olympics

Goalkeepers:
*Gerónimo Rulli, Real Sociedad
Axel Werner, Atlético de Rafaela

Defenders:
*Víctor Cuesta, Independiente
Emanuel Mammana, River Plate
Jonathan Silva, Boca Juniors
José Luis Gómez, Lanús
Lautaro Gianetti, Vélez Sarsfield
Alexis Soto, Banfield
Leandro Vega, River Plate

Midfielders:
Mauricio Martínez, Unión de Santa Fe
Giovani Lo Celso, Rosario Central
Leandro Paredes, Empoli
Joaquín Correa, Sampdoria
Santiago Ascacibar, Estudiantes
Lucas Romero, Cruzeiro
Manuel Lanzini, West Ham United

Forwards:
Cristian Espinoza, Huracán
Ángel Correa, Atlético Madrid
Luciano Vietto, Atlético Madrid
Giovanni Simeone, Banfield

Manager: Julio Olarticoechea

* = Over-age player.

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