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WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH FOOTBALL HELD AT THE TOKYO OLYMPICS 2020?

The world’s biggest sporting event, Summer Olympics are here again, after a hiatus one year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, with the 2020 edition, Tokyo Olympics, set to begin officially on the 23rd of July at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

However, events such as baseball, softball and most importantly, football have started two days earlier than the opening ceremony with women’s football, while men’s football is set to begin from the 22nd of July, with favourites Spain taking on Egypt in the first match of the tournament at the Sapporo Dome in Hokkaido.

 

 

And with the tournament just around the horizon, FootTheBall is here to provide all the details on who, when, where to watch, and some predictions.

 

WHEN DOES THE TOURNAMENT START?

The group stage games of men’s football at the are scheduled to kick off on the 22nd of July at 16:30 local time (Japan Standard Time), Thursday for the Eastern Audience, and it begins in the early hours of the 22nd for viewers in the Western Hemisphere.

 

Timings:

PDT – Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7) – 22nd July, 00:30

EDT – Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4) –  22nd July, 03:30

BST – British Summer Time (UTC +1) – 22nd July, 08:30

CEST – Central European Summer Time (UTC +2) – 22nd July, 09:30

WAT – West Africa Time (UTC +1) – 22nd July, 08:30

CAT – Central Africa Time (UTC +2) – 22nd July, 09:30

GST – Gulf Standard Time (UTC +4) – 22nd July, 11:30

IST – Indian Standard Time (UTC +5.30) – 22nd July, 13:00

CST – China Standard Time (UTC +8) – 22nd July, 15:30

AEST — Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC +10) – 22nd July, 17:30

 

WHERE CAN YOU WATCH FOOTBALL HELD AT THE TOKYO OLYMPICS?

All of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, including the sport of football, will be streamed live on the following platforms with millions of eyeballs expected to be glued to the screen.

 

Brazil and Latin America – America Movil, Grupo Globo

USA – NBCUniversal

UK – BBC, Eurosport

Europe – Eurosport and all state broadcasting services

Middle East and Africa –beIN Sports, SuperSport

Asia – Dentsu

India – Sony Ten 2, Sony LIV, Doordarshan

China – CCTV, Migu

Australia – Seven Network

 

WHICH TEAMS ARE PARTICIPATING AND WHEN WILL THEY PLAY?

16 teams from six different continents have qualified for men’s football while 12 teams are set to compete in the women’s division.

 

MEN’S FOOTBALL
GROUP A GROUP B GROUP C GROUP D
France Honduras Argentina Brazil
Japan New Zealand Australia Germany
Mexico Romania Egypt Ivory Coast
South Africa South Korea Spain Saudi Arabia

 

Date Match Time (Local) Venue
July 22 Egypt vs Spain 16:30 Sapporo Dome
July 22 New Zealand vs South Korea 17:00 Ibaraki Kashima Stadium
July 22 Mexico vs France 17:00 Tokyo Stadium
July 22 Ivory Coast vs Saudi Arabia 17:30 International Stadium
July 22 Argentina vs Australia 19:30 Sapporo Dome
July 22 Japan vs South Africa 20:00 Tokyo Stadium
July 22 Honduras vs Romania 20:00 Ibaraki Kashima Stadium
July 22 Brazil vs Germany 20:30 International Stadium
July 25 Egypt vs Argentina 16:30 Sapporo Dome
July 25 New Zealand vs Honduras 17:00 Ibaraki Kashima Stadium
July 25 France vs South Africa 17:00 Saitama Stadium
July 25 Brazil vs Ivory Coast 17:30 International Stadium
July 25 Australia vs Spain 19:30 Sapporo Dome
July 25 Japan vs Mexico 20:00 Saitama Stadium
July 25 Romania vs South Korea 20:00 Ibaraki Kashima Stadium
July 25 Saudi Arabia vs Germany 20:30 Saitama Stadium
July 28 Saudi Arabia vs Brazil 17:00 Saitama Stadium
July 28 Germany vs Ivory Coast 17:00 Miyagi Stadium
July 28 Romania vs New Zealand 17:30 Sapporo Dome
July 28 South Korea vs Honduras 17:30 International Stadium
July 28 Australia vs Egypt 20:00 Saitama Stadium
July 28 Spain vs Argentina 20:00 Saitama Stadium
July 28 South Africa vs Mexico 20:30 International Stadium
July 28 France vs Japan 20:30 Sapporo Dome
July 31 Quarter-final 1 17:00 Miyagi Stadium
July 31 Quarter-final 2 18:00 Ibaraki Kashima Stadium
July 31 Quarter-final 3 19:00 Saitama Stadium
July 31 Quarter-final 4 20:00 International Stadium
August 3 Semi-final 1 17:00 Ibaraki Kashima Stadium
August 3 Semi-final 2 20:00 Saitama Stadium
August 6 Bronze medal match 20:00 Saitama Stadium
August 7 Gold medal match 20:30 International Stadium

 

PREDICTIONS

With the Olympics having men’s football an under-23 tournament, it is expected that many youngsters can pop up from high-profile situations in Tokyo while experienced veterans such as Andre-Pierre Gignac, Eric Bailly, Florian Thauvin can lead with their leadership and mentality.

 

tokyo-olympics-gignacAndre-Pierre Gignac will be key for France at the Olympics. (Image Courtesy: BBC/ Website)

Spain, on paper, might be too strong for the rest of the teams with the amount of quality in their squad, while defending champions Brazil will want to stop them and retain their gold medal. Germany and France too, have decent squads but FootTheBall predicts a clash between the Selecao and La Roja for the gold medal on the 7th of August.

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