Olympics Soccer Draw 2012: Breaking Down Group C

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Olympics Soccer Draw 2012: Breaking Down Group C
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In one of the most hyped Olympic soccer tournaments to date, the draw for the highly anticipated Group C in the London 2012 Games has been announced. Brazil, the top seed and favourite, will be taking on Egypt, Belarus and New Zealand.

With Olympic soccer—or rather "football"—coming home to where the sport began, many eyes will be on this summer's tournament as some of the best and most burgeoning players in the world descend on England's capital (and five other cities).

Group C seems to be one of the most straightforward, with soccer powerhouse Brazil a whopping 49 places above their next best opponent Egypt in the FIFA World Rankings.

However, it won't be easy for the Selecao, with stiff competition certain to come from Egypt—who have given Brazil a run for their money on a few occasions. Unknown footballing sides New Zealand and Belarus have the potential to spring a surprise.

The slides to follow are a breakdown of the news, teams and players from Group C, capped by a prediction of who will advance.

Additionally, here is Bleacher Report's overall analysis of the Olympic tournament on the heels of today's draw. Which stars will stand out? Here’s a look at 50 players – men and women – to watch once the competition kicks off.

If you're interested in the rest of the groups, here's where you can find previews of Group A, Group B, and Group D. And this is our breakdown of the Group of Death.

For more information on the tournament as a whole, click here.

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