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U.S. women draw France, Colombia, North Korea

The three groups of four teams which will contest each other for the women’s soccer Olympic crown are set after Tuesday morning’s draw from Wembley Stadium and the top-seeded United States women will face three opponents they battled in the 2011 Women’s World Cup: France, Colombia and North Korea.

France, the No. 6-ranked team in the world, gave the U.S. trouble in the semifinal before losing 3-1. The United States beat Colombia pretty handily, 3-0 in the group stage and also topped Korea DPR 2-0 in group play at the World Cup.

The other big match-ups will see Japan play Sweden in Group F and Brazil take on hosts Great Britain in Group E. Brazil got a gift here by avoiding both Japan and Sweden in Group F, the only other group the Brazilians could have been drawn into.

Here are the groups:

Group E: Great Britain, New Zealand, Cameroon, Brazil
Group F: Japan, Canada, Sweden, South Africa
Group G: USA, France, Colombia, Korea DPR

Which groups do you think are the toughest? Which match-ups are you anticipating the most?


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