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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Hosts Brazil were Thursday drawn to play South Africa, Iraq and Denmark in the group stage of the Olympic football tournament where they will be seeking an elusive gold.

Brazil are record World Cup winners with five titles but have never won at the Olympics which in its current format as an under-23 tournament, with three older players allowed per team.

Brazil could be led by Barcelona‘s Neymar who has expressed keen interest to play at the Rio Games with the final at the famed Maracana.

They are in Group A with their three rivals. Group B is made up of Sweden, Colombia, 1996 winners Nigeria and Japan; the 2012 winners Mexico are in Group C with 2014 World Cup winners Germany, South Korea and Fiji; while 2004 and 2008 gold medallists Argentina were drawn to face Algeria, Portugal and Honduras.

In the women‘s tournament also drawn at the Maracana, the United States start their quest for a fourth straight gold against New Zealand, France and Colombia. Hosts Brazil face China, Sweden and South Africa; and the third group consists of Canada, Zimbabwe, Australia and Germany.

The Olympic football tournament starts on August 3, two days ahead of the Rio opening ceremony. It is played in six cities - Rio, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador and Belo Horizonte.

Both finals are at the Maracana, the women on August 19 and the men the next day.

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