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Even though the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games does not officially start until Friday, tomorrow is the day that starts the Olympic football (soccer) tournament. The men's one starts on Thursday; the women's start tomorrow.

Here is the schedule for the women's tournament tomorrow (in local Beijing timezone):

- Argentina vs. Canada -> 17:00 (5:00pm) @ Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium

- China vs. Sweden -> 19:45 (7:45pm) @ Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium

- Germany vs. Brazil -> 17:00 (5:00pm) @ Shenyang Olympic Stadium

- DPRK (North Korea) vs. Nigeria -> 19:45 (7:45pm) @ Shenyang Olympic Stadium

- Japan vs. New Zealand -> 17:00 (5:00pm) @ Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium

- Norway vs. USA -> 19:45 (7:45pm) @ Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium

Good luck to all teams here.

Edited by Guardian

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I'm looking forward to seeing how both the USA Men's and Women's teams perform. I'll be waking up to see both USA matches for sure! :) And, with the streaming coverage, I'll probably catch a couple of the other matches too.

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I will watch Canada's game tomorrow, unfortunately I will be working until about 1am tonight and than go to sleep for a bit and than wake up again at 5.

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I will watch Canada's game tomorrow, unfortunately I will be working until about 1am tonight and than go to sleep for a bit and than wake up again at 5.

Oh man that stinks, I'm really sorry to hear that.

I'll also be watching Germany VS Brazil at 5am on NBCOlympics.com. Then USA VS Norway at 7:45 on Universal HD (MSNBC). I really hope that USA does fine without Wambach. Then on Thursday, USA VS Japan on Universal HD (MSNBC) at 5am & Argentina VS Ivory Coast at 7:45am on NBCOlympics.com.

Does anyone that's in America on this board receive that NBC Olympic Soccer/Basketball Channel?

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That will be a highly exciting match between the German and the Brazilian women's football team, since it's the repitition of last year's World Cup final (which was won 2-0 by Germany after a very tough fight).

Luckily, I can work at home tomorrow, so I'll be able to watch the match.

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In the local Beijing time zone, the first kick of the ball starts in 12 hours, as of this post now. :)

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Good Luck New ZEALAND! The first time New Zealand Football teams will be present at the games!

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The women tournament is going to be extremely interesting. Here is a breakdown of each group.

Group E

China (ranked 14th. Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals. Best Olympics Finish: Silver)

Argentina (Ranked 36th. Best World Cup Finish: Group Stage. Best Olympic Finish: First time qualified)

Canada (Ranked 9th. Best World Cup Finish: 4th place. Best Olympics Finish: First time qualified)

Sweden (Ranked 3rd. Best World Cup Finish: 2nd place. Best Olympics Finish: 4th place)

Group F

Brazil (Ranked 4th. Best World Cup Finish: 2nd place. Best Olympics Finish: Silver)

Germany (Ranked 2nd. Best World Cup Finish: Won last 2. Best Olympics Finish: Bronze last two times.)

North Korea (Ranked 5th. Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals. Best Olympics Finish: First time qualified.)

Nigeria (Ranked 24th. Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals. Best Olympics Finish: Quarterfinals.)

Group G

Japan (Ranked 10th. Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals. Best Olympics Finish: Quarterfinals.)

New Zealand (Ranked 23rd. Best World Cup Finish: Group Stage. Best Olympics Finish: First time qualified.)

Norway (Ranked 5th. Best World Cup Finish: Champions. Best Olympics Finish: Champions.)

United States (Ranked 1st. Best World Cup Finish: Champions twice. Best Olympics Finish: Gold twice.)

It should certainly be fun to watch! Go team USA!

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I'm hoping Canada can survive China and get into the second round.

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I hope so. I will be rooting against China as a whole, since they pose the biggest threat to overtake the USA for most medals/gold medals.

My predictions

(* means through to the next round)

E

*Sweden 7pts (Better goal difference)

*Canada 7pts

*China 3pts

Argentina 0pts

F

*Germany 7pts

*Brazil 5pts

*North Korea 4pts

Nigeria 0pts

G

*United States 9pts

*Norway 6pts

Japan 3pts

New Zealand 0pts

Top 2 from each group move on & the 2 best 3rd place teams as well I think China will have a better Goal Difference then Japan.

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I think New Zealand will draw 1-1 with Japan tonight! Good luck New Zealand!

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Great atmosphere in Shenyang for the match between Germany and Brazil. The Chinese atmosphere seems to be very fond of cheering loudly, just like at the Women's World Cup last year.

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First whistle has blown for Germany & Brazil :D. The one negative thing about NBCOlympics coverage is no commentary. It feels so odd.

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Brazil almost scores after the German goalie makes an error in the box. After the goalie had control of the ball, there were heated words between two Brazilians & a German.

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Great atmosphere in Shenyang for the match between Germany and Brazil. The Chinese atmosphere seems to be very fond of cheering loudly, just like at the Women's World Cup last year.

Correction: The chinese audience seems to be very fond of cheering loudly.

The amazing thing is that Shenyang Olympic Stadium looks only (at best) half-full (rather only 1/3 full), but it sounds like there are all 60,000 seats occupied. Thumbs up, Chinese audience!

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Brazil just had another major chance to strike first on a header, but it goes over the bar.

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Germany just had another great chance off a header, but hits the top of the crossbar & doesn't go in.

All matches still appeared tied 0-0.

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Canada has the first impact at these games scoring against Argentina.

It was a very hockey like goal.

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I just switched to the Canada/Argentina to see the goal (since the Germany/Brazil one is stuck on 3% buffering) & saw it. The goal went off the keeper.

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