The draw for the Olympic football tournament took place this Wednesday morning. France, placed in Group A with Japan, Mexico and South Africa, avoids the biggest nations.
Sylvain Ripoll’s men are fixed on their fate. The draw for the Olympic football tournament (July 22-August 7) took place this Wednesday morning. The French hopefuls team, qualified for Tokyo thanks to its semi-final at Euro 2019, was placed in group A along with Japan, the host country, Mexico and South Africa.
The Bleuets were rather spared by chance. Before the draw, they were already sure not to cross swords with Spain and Germany, two teams from the same confederation not being able to face each other in the group stage. But the France team was also lucky in avoiding big football nations like Argentina or Brazil.
Egypt, which could well appear in Japan with Mohamed Salah (the Liverpool striker has made it public that he wants to play in the Games this summer), will not face France either. The Pharaohs were placed in Group C, along with Spain, Argentina and Australia.
As a reminder, the Bleuets will appear in Tokyo with players under the age of 23. But the Olympic rules also allow the coaches to take three players over 23 years old, which can allow Sylvain Ripoll to draw in the French team A. Kylian Mbappé, who has already proclaimed his desire to compete in the competition, is still eligible with the Under-21s and won’t even burn a wildcard if he decides to play the tournament.
The group stage of the Olympic football tournament (22 July-7 August)
Group A : Japan, Mexico, South Africa, France
Group B : Republic of Korea, Honduras, New Zealand, Romania
Group C: Spain, Argentina, Egypt, Australia
Group D : Brazil, Germany, Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia
Group A : Japan, Canada, Great Britain, Chile
Group B : China, Brazil, Zambia, Netherlands
Group C : Sweden, United States, Australia, New Zealand