The draw for the Olympic Women's Football Tournament, conducted by FIFA Deputy General Secretary Jerome Champagne, took place in Athens on 9 June, dividing the 10 participating countries into three groups. In a competition crammed with quality, Group F looks particularly appetising.

Germany may be world champions, but they would be well advised not to take anything for granted as they prepare to navigate a way through a Group F that features both China, who are determined to make amends for their disappointing displays at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup USA, and Mexico, who qualified in outstanding style.

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Heike Ullrich, head of the Women's Football department of the DFB, is well aware that Birgit Prinz and company will have to be at the peak of their powers to progress: "The Chinese have just beaten us in our own backyard, so we'll have to give it everything we've got against them," she said, "we're well familiar with the Mexicans too and know they deserve total respect. We certainly won't be taking anybody lightly."


On the face of things, FIFA World Cup runners-up Sweden appear to have landed more softly by being pitched into Group E, where both Nigeria and Japan have plenty of experience but have not yet hit the same highs as the Scandinavians. Meanwhile in Group G, the USA will start as favourites by virtue of their victory in 1996 and Silver medal in 2000, but Brazil, who reached the semi-finals on both those occasions, will certainly be no push-overs.

In addition, Australia will be hoping to build on the progress they have made in recent years, while Greece, buoyed by the support of the home crowd, will surely prove tricky opponents. Indeed, Greece coach Xanthi Konstantinidou is not ruling out a venture to the second round for the hosts: "Playing USA and Brazil is a massive challenge," she told fifa.com. "above all, it will be a tremendous adventure, and who knows, maybe we could spring a surprise!" With the top two teams from each group to go through, surprises are certainly not out of the question.

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