French football teams discover their adversaries at Paris Olympics

France's mens Olympic football team were pitted on Wednesday night against New Zealand, the United States and a qualifier from an inter-continental play-off during a lavish draw ceremony at the headquarters of the Paris Olympic organising committee in Aubervilliers just north of Paris

The 23-man squad will launch their quest for a first Olympic gold since 1984 against the Americans on 24 July at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille.

"There are no preferences," said France boss Thierry Henry immediately after the draw.

"We accept everybody who comes," added the former France international striker.

"We'll come up against different styles of football in the shape of New Zealand as well as the Americans.

"The good thing is now we know exactly who we will be getting and we can start our preparations.

"We'll do our best to get gold. It's been 40 years since the men's team won the title."


The exact indentity of the three Asian teams - anointed AFC1, AFC2 and AFC3 in the draw - will be known in May at the end of the Asian Cup. They will play in Group B, C and D.

Argentina will start their Group B games against Morocco on 24 July. They will take on AFC3 and Ukraine.

AFC2 will battle Spain, Egypt and the Dominican Republic in Group C

In Group D, AFC1 will face Paraguay, Mali and Israel.

France's women's side - led by Hervé Renard - will vye with Colombia, the defending champions Canada as well as New Zealand in Group A for a berth in the second phase.

In Group C, Spain will go up against Japan, Brazil and the second team from Africa.

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