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2016 Olympics - Group D profile

Portugal, Argentina, Algeria, Honduras: Group D squads, TV schedule - Men's Olympic Football

August 1, 2016 By Michelle Bonsu
With the 2016 Olympic Games set to kick off, we take a look at the four sides in Group D: Algeria, Argentina, Honduras, and Portugal.

16 teams will be battling for a shot to clinch a coveted gold medal at this summer's Olympic Games, and we take a look at the four in Group D: Algeria, Argentina, Honduras, and Portugal.

Portugal: Rio 2016 Olympics squad, Players to Watch

Portugal secured their berth in Brazil by making it all the way to the final at the 2015 U-21 European Championship. To get to that juncture Rui Jorge's side first finished top of a quartet that included Italy, England, and Sweden before absolutely shocking observers as they crushed Germany 5-0. However, they were unable to hold their nerve in a spot-kick shootout against Sweden and so had to settle for a runners-up medal.

Rui Jorge guided Portugal to a runners-up spot at the 2015 U-21 Euro Championship and will be hoping to help the team win their first ever Olympic medal this summer

Here is Portugal's squad:

Goalkeepers: Bruno Varela (Real Vallodolid), Joel Pereira (Manchester United)

Defenders: Tiago Ilori (Liverpool), Tobias Figueiredo (Sporting), Edgar Ie (Villarreal), Paulo Henrique (Pacos Ferreira), Pite (Pacos Ferreira), Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting)

Midfielders: Fernando Fonseca (Porto B), Bruno Fernandes (Udinese), Chico Ramos (Porto), Sergio Oliveira (Porto), Tiago Silva (Feirense), Tomas (Porto), Andre (Sporting)

Forwards: Carlos Mane (Sporting), Paciencia (Academica De Coimbra), Salvador (Nacional Madeira)

KEY STAT: A Portuguese player - Jose Calado - was the first player to ever score a "Golden Goal" at an Olympic Games. His 105th minute effort was enough to beat France in the quarter-finals at the 1996 edition.

Argentina: Rio 2016 Olympics squad, Players to Watch

To date, Argentina have won four medals: two golds in 2004 and 2008 and two silvers in 1928 and 1996. The Albicelestes missed out on a chance to make it a three-peat in 2012 as they missed out entirely on the tournament. However, this time, they qualified without much fuss. During their run at the U-20 South American Championship last year, Argentina cruised through the group stage, with wins against Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia and just one loss to Paraguay.

They again beat Peru, drew Brazil, powered past Colombia and defeated hosts Uruguay to become the first side to qualify for Rio. Julio Olarticoechea will now hope to lead his lads to glory in Brazil - and especially since they are one of Argentina's biggest rivals.

Giovanni Simeone - son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego - will be the one to keep an eye on for Argentina. The 21-year-old netted nine out of Argentina's 24 goals at the U-20 South American Championship back in 2015

Here are the young stars who will hope to make Argentina proud this summer:

Goalkeepers: Geronimo Rulli (Real Sociedad), Axel Werner (Atletico Rafaela)

Defenders: Lisandro Magallan (Boca Juniors), Alexis Soto (Banfield), Leandro Vega (River Plate), Victor Cuesta (Independiente), Lautaro Giannetti (Velez Sarsfield), Jose Luis Gomez (Lanus)

Midfielders: Giovanni Lo Celso (Rosario Central), Mauricio Martinez (Rosario Central), Lucas Romero (Cruzeiro), Joaquin Arzura (River Plate), Santiago Ascacibar (Estudiantes La Plata), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors)

Forwards: Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Cristian Espinoza (Huracan), Giovanni Simeone (River Plate), Jonathan Calleri (Sao Paulo)

KEY STAT: Argentina have made seven Olympic appearances so far, which only puts them second behind Brazil's 12

Algeria: Rio 2016 Olympics squad, Players to Watch

Algeria booked their spot thanks to their impressive performance at the U-23 AFCON tournament. Les Verts finished top of their quartet by beating Mali and drawing Egypt and Nigeria before beating South Africa 2-0 in the semi-final. This was enough to earn them a spot at this summer's tournament - despite unfortunately losing 2-1 to the Nigerians in the final.

Pierre-André Schürmann has been in charge of the team since 2014 and led the team to a runners-up spot at the recent U-23 AFCON tournament

Below are the youngsters who will represent Algeria in Rio:

Goalkeepers: Farid Chaal (El Harrach), Abdelkader Salhi (Chlef)

Defenders: Ryad Keniche (Setif), Miloud Rebiai (Setif), Ayoub Abdellaoui (USM Alger), Abdelghani Demmou (MC Alger), Houari Ferhani (Kabylie)

Midfielders: Mohamed Benkhemassa (Alger), Zakaria Draoui (Belouizdad), Haris Belkebla (Tours), Sofiane Bendebka (Hussein Dey), Abdelraouf Benguit (Paradou)

Forwards: Oussama Darfalou (Alger), Zakarya Haddouche (Sétif), Ben Tahar Meziane (USM Alger), Rachid Ait Atmane (Sporting Gijon), Mohammed Benkablia (Oran), Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd)

KEY STAT: This is Algeria's first appearance at an Olympic Games since 1980.

Honduras: Rio 2016 Olympics squad, Players to Watch

Honduras were unfortunate to lose to Mexico in the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament finals, but along the way, Los Catrachos achieved a very impressive result. During the semi-finals, Carlos Tabora's lads defeated hosts - and heavy favorites - USA 2-0. This was enough to secure an automatic berth, whilst the USA had to settle for a third-placed spot.

This will be Honduras's third straight appearance and fourth overall at the Olympic Games.

Here is the group who will be hoping to make it out of their group for the second consecutive time:

Goalkeepers: Harold Fonseca (Juticalpa), Luis Lopez (Real Espana)

Defenders: Jonathan Paz (CD Real Sociedad), Marcelo Pereira (Motagua), Elder Torres (Real Salt Lake), Allans Vargas (Real Espana), Kevin Alvarez (Olimpia), Brayan Garcia (Vida), Johnny Palacios (Olimpia)

Midfielders: Allan Banegas (Marathon), Jhow Benavidez (Real Espana), Brayan Ramirez (Juticalpa), Oscar Salas (Olimpia), Bryan Acosta (Real Espana)

Forwards: Kevin Lopez (Motagua), Antony Lozano (Tenerife), Romell Quioto (Olimpia), Alberth Elis (Olimpia)

KEY STAT: Honduras's run to the quarter-finals in 2012 is their best ever performance at an Olympic tournament.

Group D fixtures and analysis

The first match will take place on August 4th at the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange featuring Honduras and Algeria, followed by Argentina taking on Portugal. In fact, all but two of Group D's games will be played at the same stadium. The only exceptions will be the matches played on August 10th, with the game between Argentina and Honduras taking place at the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha whilst Algeria and Portugal will clash at the Mineirão.

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Match details, result and original broadcast info

Honduras 3 - 2 Algeria

August 4, 2016 2:00pmOlympic Stadium, Rio de Janeiro

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Portugal 2 - 0 Argentina

August 4, 2016 5:00pmOlympic Stadium, Rio de Janeiro

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Honduras 1 - 2 Portugal

August 7, 2016 2:00pmOlympic Stadium, Rio de Janeiro

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Argentina 2 - 1 Algeria

August 7, 2016 5:00pmOlympic Stadium, Rio de Janeiro

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Algeria 1 - 1 Portugal

August 10, 2016 12:00pmMineirão, Belo Horizonte

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Argentina 1 - 1 Honduras

August 10, 2016 12:00pmMané Garrincha Stadium, Brasilia

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