Football giants Brazil and Germany were paired in the same group (Group D) in the draw for the Tokyo Olympics in Zurich on Wednesday. The other two teams in the four-team group are Côte d’Ivoire and Saudi Arabia, with group winners and runners-up advancing to the quarterfinals.
Interestingly, Brazil was a gold medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, as they beat silver medalists Germany 5-4 on penalties after the match was 1-1 at the end of overtime.
Nevertheless, the last time the two teams faced off was in a competitive game in the famous semi-final of the 2014 World Cup, in which eventual winners Germany beat the host country 7-1 before beating Argentina in the final.
The Argentines also got a tough draw at the July Olympics with the 2010 champions Spain, along with Egypt and Australia, in Group C.
The current world champions France got a very comfortable draw, as they will find a competition in the host country Japan, Mexico, South Africa in Group A. Group B includes New Zealand, South Korea, Honduras and Romania.
The entire draw is listed below, along with the women’s group draw.
Group A: Japan, South Africa, Mexico, France.
Group B: New Zealand, South Korea, Honduras, Romania.
Group C: Egypt, Spain, Argentina, Australia.
Group D: Brazil, Germany, Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia.
Group E: Japan, Canada, Great Britain, Chile.
Group F: China, Brazil, Zambia, the Netherlands.
Group G: Sweden, USA, Australia, New Zealand.