London 2012 Olympic Football Draw: Team GB Grouped With Senegal, UAE & Uruguay

Chris Wright

24th, April 2012


By Chris Wright

I know full well that there’s a lot of you out there that could care less about this two-bit Olympic Team GB wossname, but for those who do; here are the draws for the group stages of the London 2012 Olympic football competition.

The balls were fished by none other than (the original) Ronaldo and (sadly, the original) Robbie Savage and, as such, the Team GB men’s side will take on Senegal in their opening fixture at Old Trafford on 26th July – also drawing United Arab Emirates and Uruguay in Group A.

BBC pundit Garth Crooks described Team GB’s draw as being ‘easy.’ As ever with all the things Crooks, the exact opposite of what he says is to be regarded as true. Team GB out in the group stage? I’m going to have a shiny halfpenny on it.

Hope Powell’s women’s team will play New Zealand in their first game at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 25th July, with Cameroon and Brazil lying in wait.

The 16-team Men’s draw in full…

Group A: Great Britain, Senegal, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay
Group B: Mexico, South Korea, Gabon, Switzerland
Group C: Brazil, Egypt, Belarus, New Zealand
Group D: Spain, Japan, Honduras, Morocco

…and the 12-team Women’s draw…

Group E: Great Britain, New Zealand, Cameroon, Brazil
Group F: Japan, Canada, Sweden, South Africa
Group G: USA, France, Colombia, Korea DPR

Don’t ask me why they’ve named the groups like that (consecutively across the men’s and women’s competitions) because I haven’t got the foggiest.

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  1. Davy says:

    I thought Mexico, Spain & Brazil were playing their games at St James Park (which they are going to call it for this tournment). I presumed that meant they must be in the same group but i’m guessing not. Are they seeded the same as they are for World Cup etc?

  2. Milkchew says:

    Team GB, a collection of players who probably have never met let alone played with each other, against teams, yes thats right `teams` aka groups of players who have met each other before and have played together on many occasions. I think Garth, your about to be proved wrong. Team GB to not make it past the first knock out.

    Personally I hope they finished second on the group, if they do their next game wil be at like 14:30 meaning I get the afternoon off to watch footie…..C`MON TEAM GB!

  3. Steve K says:

    Garth Crooks says that’s an easy draw, but looking at the other possible draws we could have got, it looks about as hard as it could have been.

    Uruguay may not be great at senior level, but always seem to do well at this level, and Senegal are no pushovers.

    The European selection does seem weird, given that there’s no France, Germany, Holland, Italy or Portugal, but I guess that’s what you get for not taking the U21’s seriously enough. How did none of them qualify?

  4. Room101 says:

    Steve K: ‘Uruguay may not be great at senior level…’ Really!? World cup semi-finalists and champions of South America, that sounds pretty good to me!

    And I think the groups are ordered like that because football in the Olympics is regarded as 1 discipline but with 2 events. So it’s a ‘the same, but different’ sort of thing.

  5. Glenn SWFC says:

    *couldn’t care less
    “could care less” makes no sense at all

  6. Sameer says:

    Uruguay 4-0 GB…

  7. KKK says:

    “Uruguay may not be great at senior level…”, yeah they are only ranked #3 in the World by FIFA…

  8. Mr. Sparkle says:

    For the sake of ending this farce, I hope TEAM GB crash out of the tournament straight away.

  9. DANIEL says:

    La seleccion de URUGUAY siempre a tenido papeles destacados y jugadores de gran calidad no en vano lleva 15 titulos de america por arriba de BRAZIL y de ARAGENTINA y si se a dado el lujo de ganarle a estos en su propia casa en reiteradas ocaciones.

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