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UAE drawn to play Team GB in Olympics football

UAE's football team will also play Senegal, Uruguay in group stages at London Games

UAE drawn to play Team GB in Olympics football
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The UAE's football team has been drawn to play Great Britain in this summer's Olympic Games in London.

The UAE will also face Uruguay and Senegal in the group stages of the 2012 Games.

The team were drawn to face the hosts in the capital on July 29 in a ceremony at Wembley on Tuesday.

They will begin the tournament with a match against Uruguay at Old Trafford in Manchester on July 26, with their final group match against Senegal at the Ricoh Arena on August 1.

The top two teams in the group will qualify for the quarter-finals.

It is the first time the UAE have qualified for the tournament, with the former head of Dubai’s Road Transport Authority, Mahdi Ali, taking the reins.

Stuart Pearce will lead the Great Britain team which is taking part for the first time since 1960, having won the competition twice in 1908 and 1912.

Senegal will be making their inaugural Olympics appearance in the men's football tournament and may call upon Newcastle United duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse.

Mexico, South Korea, Gabon and Switzerland are in Group B, while Brazil, Belarus, New Zealand and Egypt are in Group C. Spain, Honduras, Japan and Morocco make up Group D.

Argentina won the men’s event at the Beijing games.

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