Australia drawn with Argentina Spain and Egypt. That's some group of death!
REVEALED: Olyroos' group stage opponents and fixtures at Tokyo 2020
Australia has been drawn into Group C of the Men's Football Tournament at Tokyo 2020 alongside Argentina, Spain and Egypt.
The Olyroos will take on familiar foes Argentina, who they faced in 2004 and 2008, as well as Spain who they faced once before during Atlanta 1996, and Egypt who are first-time opponents at Olympic level.
Graham Arnold's side booked their first Olympic spot since 2008 in January 2020 after finishing third at the AFC U-23 Championship in Thailand and, following the postponement of the Games last year, will kick off their Tokyo 2020 campaign on 22nd July 2021.
Australia's group stage fixtures will be as follows:
Argentina v Australia - Thursday 22nd July, 7:30pm (local time), Sapporo Dome
Australia v Spain - Sunday 25th July, 7:30pm (local time), Sapporo Dome
Australia v Egypt - Wednesday 28th July, 8pm (local time), Miyagi Stadium
The draw marks a key milestone ahead of the highly anticipated Tokyo 2020 tournament, which will be the first time that both Australian men's and women's football teams appear at the same Games since Athens 2004.
Olyroos Head Coach Graham Arnold said the opportunity for many of Australia’s best young players to challenge themselves against the world’s best would be great for their careers.
“I believe we have received a fantastic draw, and it will be a great experience for our boys,” Arnold said. “In the past playing against Argentina has brought the best out of Australian footballers, while the opportunity for us to play against a top African nation in Egypt, as well as Spain, is a great opportunity to show what we have got.”
“My expectations are very high from ourselves as a team. With the delay of the Olympics for a year due to COVID, it has enabled our players to get a lot of game time, and I truly believe that we are in a better position at this time than last year. A good number of players are playing every week.”
“The Olympics is the second biggest stage in international football after the World Cup, and the next few months will present a great opportunity for our team to perform well, but also for individuals to commence the next part of their careers.”
Australia has been drawn into Group C of the Men's Football Tournament at Tokyo 2020 alongside Argentina, Spain and Egypt. The Olyroos will take on familiar foes Argentina, who they faced in 2004 and 2008, as well as Spain who they faced once before during Atlanta 1996, and Egypt who are...