The draw defined groups that will compete for the Olympic medals in men's soccer and Brazil's under-23 soccer team will face Iraq, South Africa, and Denmark in the first round. For player Ronaldinho Gaúcho, who attended the draw, the team was "lucky" though, according to him, there is no weak opponent in today's football. "Of course it is a favorable group, but we will run into difficulties," said the player who competed in 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
About the possibility of Brazil's team facing Germany's team, which played chief tormentor against Brazil's main team in 2014 World Cup, Ronaldinho noted that now it will be another story. "It is inevitable not remember what happened, but each match has its story. I cannot believe it will be the same. The players need to focus on playing well and make history by winning the first gold medal. "
Coach Dunga, who also heads the Brazilian under-23 team said he was satisfied with the draw and pointed out the importance of playing the first game well. "This first match against South Africa is very important. As an opening game, we must win to bring the football fans to our side," stated Dunga.
The draw also defined that the women's soccer team will be in Group E, playing against Sweden, China, and South Africa. Coach Vadão is confident about the girls' soccer campaign in the Olympic Games. "Talent is our strength. We have a lot of talent. We lacked some physical fitness, compared to other teams, but we enhanced our fitness last year playing always with the same team. Currently we have players on competitions around the world, which make us more prepared. "
A million tickets
Rio 2016 Committee put over 1 million tickets for the Olympic Games on sale today (Apr. 14), including tickets for the opening ceremony and the finals of men's basketball and men's soccer—the most sought-after tickets. Men's soccer has more tickets available than other sports.
Fonte: Agência Brasil.