Qualified for Beijing: Olympic Football Tournament
The draw for the menís and womenís football tournaments of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing divided the 16 menís and the 12 womenís teams into seven different groups. The tournament is scheduled from 6 to 23 August 2008 in five different host cities. The qualification games take place in Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang and Qinhuangdao. The finals will be played in Beijing. It is the only sports event that starts before the official Opening Ceremony of the Games, which will take place on 8 August 2008 at 8 p.m.
The menís teams are composed of players under 23 years old, with the exception of three over-age players permitted. The two top teams from each group go through to the quarter-finals.
GROUP A (Host City Shanghai)
Ivory Coast, Argentina, Australia, Serbia
GROUP B (Tianjin)
Netherlands, Nigeria, Japan, USA
GROUP C (Shenyang)
China, New Zealand, Brazil, Belgium
GROUP D (Qinhuangdao)
South Korea, Cameroon, Honduras, Italy
There is no age limit for the womenís tournament. The two top teams are qualified for the quarter finals along with the best two third-placed teams.
GROUP E (Tianjin)
China, Swede, Argentina, Canada
GROUP F (Shenyang)
North Korea, Nigeria, Germany, Brazil
GROUP G (Qinhuangdao)
Norway, USA, Japan, New Zealand
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