With the opening ceremony for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo set for this Friday, the action on the men’s soccer field begins on Thursday as the 16 teams that qualified play their opener. Starting a day after the start of the women’s tournament, the program features intriguing matches, highlighted from the start by Mexico against France, while the day ends with Brazil against Germany. A talented Spanish side kick off the action against Egypt at, wait, 3:30 a.m. ET, bringing back the vibes of the 2002 World Cup time slot.
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Here’s a look at Thursday’s schedule, how to watch each game, and what to look for:
Olympic calendar: men’s soccer
Thursday July 22
Every hour is
Egypt vs Spain, 3:30 (Olympic Channel and Universo)
Mexico vs France, 4 a.m. (USA and Telemundo)
New Zealand v South Korea, 4 a.m. (NBCSN)
Ivory Coast vs Saudi Arabia 04:30 (Olympic Channel)
Argentina vs Australia, 6.30am (Olympic Channel and Universo)
Japan vs South Africa, 7 a.m. (NBCSN)
Honduras vs Romania, 7 a.m. (Olympic Channel)
Brazil vs Germany, 7:30 a.m. (USA and Telemundo)
What to watch
Mexico against France: Boy should he be scheming. French forward André-Pierre Gignac, who plays for Mexican club the Tigers, will face players he knows well to kick off. They are two national teams with a lot of history, dating back to the 1930 World Cup. They have met in four World Cups, but it will be their first meeting since Mexico’s 2-0 victory in the Cup. of the world 2010 in South Africa. Expect a show of speed and technical ability, with France being the favorite.
Argentina vs Australia: All eyes are on Argentina as they seek Olympic gold for the third time in their history and the third in the last five editions, having won in 2004 and 2008, the latter with Lionel Messi and Juan Roman Riquelme. Now this team doesn’t have a Messi or Riquelme, but there are still a few players to watch out for, like talented Lanus Pedro da la Vega, CSKA Moscow striker Adolfo Gaich and talented midfielder Alexis Mac Allister of Brighton. There is enough talent here to make the gold medal game.
Brazil v Germany: It’s not the level of the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, but it should be great. This is a rematch of the 2016 final, which Brazil won on penalties with Neymar winning the deciding match. It’s a great look at the talent to come in both systems, and the Brazil team are particularly intriguing about the team’s forwards. While there are established players like Richarlison from Everton, young guys like Matheus Cunha from Hertha Berlin, Antony from Ajax and Gabriel Martinelli from Arsenal are looking to shine on the international stage ahead of the huge domestic seasons for them. in Europe.
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