GB to avoid tough trio in football draw

23 April 2012 / 19:45

Great Britain's men's team will avoid Brazil, Spain and Mexico in Tuesday's draw for the Olympic football tournament.

The four countries have each been seeded for the 16-team tournament which means they will be kept apart for the group stage of the competition.

FIFA's Olympic organising committee decided on the seedings, and the draw will also keep apart the European teams and the countries from Latin America.

Britain's women's team have also been seeded for that competition, involving 12 countries, along with the United States and Japan.

In the men's tournament, Great Britain will be in Group A and play their matches at Old Trafford, Manchester, on Thursday July 26, followed by Wembley Stadium on Sunday July 29 and Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Wednesday August 1.

Spain are seeded on the basis of being world champions and will play in Glasgow (July 26), St James' Park Newcastle (July 29) and Manchester (Aug 1).

Brazil are seeded as the "all-time top Olympic performer" despite never winning the competition, and will be in Group C playing in Cardiff (July 26), Manchester (July 29) and Newcastle (Aug 1).

Mexico are seeded as the highest-ranked country outside of Europe and South America, and will be in Group B playing in Newcastle (July 26), Coventry (July 29) and Cardiff (Aug 1).

The Great Britain women's team will begin the tournament on Wednesday July 25 - the first day of Olympic action - at the Millennium Stadium, followed by Saturday July 28 at the same venue. Their final group stage match will take place on Tuesday July 31 at Wembley.