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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

2016 Olympics men's football preview

The Olympic football tournament is almost set to kick off in Rio de Janeiro. Here is a preview of all 16 teams.

GROUP A

BRAZIL: The Brazilians are red-hot favourites to at last win the only title they are lacking, both because of the depleted competition and because they are taking it so seriously. For many Brazilians, the men's football tournament will be the most important part of the Games. Moreover, after years of disappointment, Brazil need something special to bring the fans back onside.

MANAGER:...

 By John Duerden

South Korea, Japan and Iraq look to Olympics to erase World Cup agony

The last time Asia went to Brazil its four representatives failed to win a single game between them. The 2016 Olympics should be a happier hunting ground than the 2014 World Cup. But then it couldn't be any worse.

All three Asian teams -- South Korea, Japan and Iraq -- preparing for the men's football tournament at the Olympics have finished in the last four of the competition in the past. The continent would love to have such a record at the World Cup.

Asia likes the Olympics; it is a big deal...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

2016 Olympics men's football final squad lists for all 16 teams

Brazil star Neymar sits down for an exclusive chat with ESPN to discuss his side's gold medal chances after coming up short in 2012.

The Olympic football tournament is almost set to kick off in Rio de Janeiro. Here are all the final 18-man squads.

*- Overage player born before 1993.

ALGERIA:

Goalkeepers: Farid Chaal (El Harrach), Abdelkader Salhi (Chlef)

Defenders: Ayoub Abdellaoui (USM Alger), Abdelghani Demmou* (MC Alger), Houari Ferhani (Kabylie), Ryad Keniche (Setif), Miloud Rebiai (Setif)

Midfielders: Haris Belkebla (Tours), Sofiane Bendebka* (Hussein Dey), Abdelraouf Benguit (Paradou), Mohamed Benkhemassa (Alger), Zakaria...

 By Kelvin Leong

Singapore's Izwan Mahbud sees Japan tour as Thailand gauge for Suzuki Cup

Singapore goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud vs. Japan
Izwan kept a clean sheet against the superstars of Japan in an AFC World Cup qualifier last June.

Singapore's upcoming tour of Japan will be a good gauge for the Lions as they step up preparations for November's AFF Suzuki Cup, according to Tampines goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud.

Coach V. Sundramoorthy will take his squad to Japan from July 17 to 25 where they will play J-League club Albirex Niigata, a college team made up of Albirex reserves and a local Japanese university side.

Izwan, 25, is no stranger to Japanese football, having gone on a trial with J2 club Matsumoto Yamaga FC last November when...

Melbourne's Etihad Stadium to host Australia vs. Japan World Cup qualifier

Massimo Luongo
Australia and Japan last faced each other in November, 2014. The Samurai Blue won the friendly 2-1.

Melbourne's Etihad Stadium will host Australia's crunch World Cup qualifier with arch-rivals Japan.

Football Federation Australia announced on Wednesday the roofed stadium had won the rights to stage October's game, beating bids from other states and preferred to the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The potential to sell out the Docklands venue was cited as the reason to send the biggest match of Australia's road to Russia 2018 to the smaller stadium.

"We fully anticipate we can sell it out and, with good...