The official draw for the group phases of the men's and women's Olympic football tournament took place at Wembley stadium on 24 April. The event was hosted by former England centre-forward Gary Lineker, while Brazilian football star Ronaldo and popstar Melanie C helped with the draw. Ex-Wales international Robbie Savage, former Scotland forward Kevin Gallacher and England women's striker Kelly Smith were also there to lend their assistance. The results of the draw see the Japanese national women's team - Nadeshiko Japan - face Sweden, Canada and South Africa, whereas the men's team will compete against Spain, Honduras and Morocco.
Nadeshiko Japan arguably have high expectations for the Games after they defeated the U.S. in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final to become the first Asian team to win the FIFA Women's World Cup. The team, whose nickname Nadeshiko (a frilled pink carnation) comes from the phrase "Yamato Nadeshiko" (ideal Japanese woman) are hoping to repeat their sucess. The nickname was chosen after a public competition following the team's qualification for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. However, that year they only managed to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament.