Tokyo: The men’s football tournament at the Tokyo Olympics begins today. The big teams Argentina, Brazil, Germany and Spain will all be on the field for the first round.

Although football is not the most glamorous event in the Olympics, the competition is more exciting than usual as the ball rolls before the roar of the Euro Cup and the Copa America. Kickoff is at one o’clock in the afternoon with the Spanish-Egyptian battle. The last time finalists, Brazil and Germany, will face each other again in a super fight at 5 p.m. Former champions Argentina will face Australia at 4 p.m.

A total of 16 teams in four groups will compete in men’s football at the World Games. Under-23 players will be on the field for the teams. All three senior players can be included in the team. Brazil is coming to retain the gold medal with world-class athletes including Danny Alves and Richalison. Spain’s strength lies in the handful of players who have played in the Euro Cup, including Pedri, Unai Simon, Eric Garcia, Danny Olmo and Oyersball.

The Argentine team, which includes Adolf Guych, Nehuan Pares and McLaughlin, is not bad either. World champions France also have a team to win an Olympic medal. The final will be held on August 7.

Kovid will return to the Olympics tomorrow in Tokyo amid concerns. The inaugural function will start at 4.30 pm Indian time. When 11090 athletes land for a single goal, Tokyo will be the largest in the world. The World Sports Fair is being held under strict restrictions as the Kovid epidemic is not over. The regular opening ceremonies that amaze the world are therefore not this time. The games are organized with the spectators completely excluded.

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