WHERE TO WATCH TOKYO OLYMPICS 2020

WHERE TO WATCH TOKYO OLYMPICS 2020

The world’s biggest sporting event, Summer Olympics are here again, after a hiatus one year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, with the 2020 edition, Tokyo Olympics, set to begin officially on the 23rd of July at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

However, events such as baseball, softball and most importantly, football have started two days earlier than the opening ceremony with women’s football, while men’s football is set to begin from the 22nd of July, with favourites Spain taking on Egypt in the first match of the tournament at the Sapporo Dome in Hokkaido.

 

 

And with the tournament just around the horizon, FootTheBall is here to provide all the details on who, when, where to watch, and some predictions.

 

WHEN DOES THE TOURNAMENT START?

The group stage games of men’s football at the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to kick off on the 22nd of July at 16:30 local time (Japan Standard Time), Thursday for the Eastern Audience, and it begins in the early hours of the 22nd for viewers in the Western Hemisphere.

 

Timings:

PDT – Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7) – 22nd July, 00:30

EDT – Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4) –  22nd July, 03:30

BST – British Summer Time (UTC +1) – 22nd July, 08:30

CEST – Central European Summer Time (UTC +2) – 22nd July, 09:30

WAT – West Africa Time (UTC +1) – 22nd July, 08:30

CAT – Central Africa Time (UTC +2) – 22nd July, 09:30

GST – Gulf Standard Time (UTC +4) – 22nd July, 11:30

IST – Indian Standard Time (UTC +5.30) – 22nd July, 13:00

CST – China Standard Time (UTC +8) – 22nd July, 15:30

AEST — Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC +10) – 22nd July, 17:30

 

WHERE CAN YOU WATCH FOOTBALL HELD AT THE TOKYO OLYMPICS?

All of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, including the sport of football, will be streamed live on the following platforms with millions of eyeballs expected to be glued to the screen.

 

Brazil and Latin America – America Movil, Grupo Globo

USA – NBCUniversal

UK – BBC, Eurosport

Europe – Eurosport and all state broadcasting services

Middle East and Africa –beIN Sports, SuperSport

Asia – Dentsu

India – Sony Ten 2, Sony LIV, Doordarshan

China – CCTV, Migu

Australia – Seven Network

 

WHICH TEAMS ARE PARTICIPATING AND WHEN WILL THEY PLAY?

16 teams from six different continents have qualified for men’s football while 12 teams are set to compete in the women’s division.

 

MEN’S FOOTBALL
GROUP AGROUP BGROUP CGROUP D
FranceHondurasArgentinaBrazil
JapanNew ZealandAustraliaGermany
MexicoRomaniaEgyptIvory Coast
South AfricaSouth KoreaSpainSaudi Arabia

 

DateMatchTime (Local)Venue
July 22Egypt vs Spain16:30Sapporo Dome
July 22New Zealand vs South Korea17:00Ibaraki Kashima Stadium
July 22Mexico vs France17:00Tokyo Stadium
July 22Ivory Coast vs Saudi Arabia17:30International Stadium
July 22Argentina vs Australia19:30Sapporo Dome
July 22Japan vs South Africa20:00Tokyo Stadium
July 22Honduras vs Romania20:00Ibaraki Kashima Stadium
July 22Brazil vs Germany20:30International Stadium
July 25Egypt vs Argentina16:30Sapporo Dome
July 25New Zealand vs Honduras17:00Ibaraki Kashima Stadium
July 25France vs South Africa17:00Saitama Stadium
July 25Brazil vs Ivory Coast17:30International Stadium
July 25Australia vs Spain19:30Sapporo Dome
July 25Japan vs Mexico20:00Saitama Stadium
July 25Romania vs South Korea20:00Ibaraki Kashima Stadium
July 25Saudi Arabia vs Germany20:30Saitama Stadium
July 28Saudi Arabia vs Brazil17:00Saitama Stadium
July 28Germany vs Ivory Coast17:00Miyagi Stadium
July 28Romania vs New Zealand17:30Sapporo Dome
July 28South Korea vs Honduras17:30International Stadium
July 28Australia vs Egypt20:00Saitama Stadium
July 28Spain vs Argentina20:00Saitama Stadium
July 28South Africa vs Mexico20:30International Stadium
July 28France vs Japan20:30Sapporo Dome
July 31Quarter-final 117:00Miyagi Stadium
July 31Quarter-final 218:00Ibaraki Kashima Stadium
July 31Quarter-final 319:00Saitama Stadium
July 31Quarter-final 420:00International Stadium
August 3Semi-final 117:00Ibaraki Kashima Stadium
August 3Semi-final 220:00Saitama Stadium
August 6Bronze medal match20:00Saitama Stadium
August 7Gold medal match20:30International Stadium

 

PREDICTIONS

With the Olympics having men’s football an under-23 tournament, it is expected that many youngsters can pop up from high-profile situations in Tokyo while experienced veterans such as Andre-Pierre Gignac, Eric Bailly, Florian Thauvin can lead with their leadership and mentality.

 

tokyo-olympics-gignacAndre-Pierre Gignac will be key for France at the Olympics. (Image Courtesy: BBC/ Website)

Spain, on paper, might be too strong for the rest of the teams with the amount of quality in their squad, while defending champions Brazil will want to stop them and retain their gold medal. Germany and France too, have decent squads but FootTheBall predicts a clash between the Selecao and La Roja for the gold medal on the 7th of August.

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