France, Germany, Sweden learn Olympic groups

France face holders the United States and Sweden take on hosts Brazil after the draw was made for August's Olympic tournament with Germany also involved.

The Maracanã staged the draw and will host the final
The Maracanã staged the draw and will host the final ©Getty Images

Europe's contenders in the Olympic women's football tournament this August have discovered their opposition for the event in Brazil.

Germany, who won bronze in 2000, 2004 and 2008 before failing to qualify four years ago, are up against debutants Zimbabwe, Australia and Brazil. Fourth in 2012, France must face the team that have won every gold medal other than in 2000, the United States, while the winner of last month's UEFA qualifying tournament, Sweden, have hosts Brazil among their opponents.

Sweden qualified in the Netherlands last month
Sweden qualified in the Netherlands last month©Getty Images

Group E: Brazil (hosts), China, Sweden, South Africa

Sweden games: v South Africa (3 August, Olympic Stadium, Rio de Janeiro), v Brazil (6 August, Olympic Stadium, Rio de Janeiro), v China (9 August, Brasilia)

Group F: Canada, Australia, Zimbabwe, Germany

Germany games: v Zimbabwe (3 August, Sao Paulo), v Australia (6 August, Sao Paulo), v Canada (9 August, Brasilia)

Group G: United States (holders), New Zealand, France, Colombia

France games: v Colombia (3 August, Belo Horizonte), v US (6 August, Belo Horizonte), v New Zealand (9 August, Salvador)

The two best third-placed teams will join the top two in each group in the quarter-finals.

France, like Germany, have already qualified for UEFA Women's EURO 2017
France, like Germany, have already qualified for UEFA Women's EURO 2017©Getty Images

Quarter-finals: 12 August
1 Winner E v Third F/G (Belo Horizonte)
2 Winner G v Third E/F (Brasilia)
3 Winner F v Runner-up G (Sao Paulo)
4 Runner-up E v Runner-up F (Salvador)

Semi-finals: 16 August
Winner QF1 v Winner QF2 (Maracanã, Rio de Janiero)
Winner QF3 v Winner QF4 (Belo Horizonte)

Bronze medal match: 19 August, Sao Paulo

Gold medal match: 19 August, Maracanã, Rio de Janiero

Silvia Neid will hand the Germany reins to Steffi Jones after the Olympics
Silvia Neid will hand the Germany reins to Steffi Jones after the Olympics©Getty Images
  • Past Olympic medallists

2012: United States (gold), Japan (silver), Canada (bronze); London, United Kingdom
2008: United States (gold), Brazil (silver), Germany (bronze); Beijing, China
2004: United States (gold), Brazil (silver), Germany (bronze); Athens, Greece
2000: Norway (gold), United States (silver), Germany (bronze); Sydney, Australia
1996: United States (gold), China (silver), Norway (bronze); Atlanta, United States

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