After hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil will once again be the focus of the soccer world this summer with the playing of the Rio 2016 Olympics. The path to Olympic Gold was determined with the group stage draw at the Estadio Maracanã on Thursday.
The host will have both the backing and the pressure of an expectant nation as they try and win an unprecedented double with the men’s and women’s team winning gold. Neither the men’s nor the women’s team have ever won gold although both teams have won the silver. It is the only major international honor the men’s team has failed to win.
The Olympic soccer tournaments feature 58 matches (32 for the men and 26 for the women) over a 16 day period. The matches kick-off on August 3, two days before the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, and conclude on August 20.
The final for both the men and women will be at the Estadio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro on August 19 and 20, respectively. 5 other cities will host matches during the tournament: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador and Sao Paulo.
Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016
Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016