Thursday’s Tokyo Olympics schedule: Men’s soccer kicks off with Brazil-Germany gold rematch, Mexico vs. France – USA TODAY

The Tokyo Olympics men’s soccer tournament kicks off Thursday with a rematch of the 2016 gold-medal game between Brazil and Germany, and another big game between Mexico and France in the group stage.

The U.S. men failed to qualify for the Olympics, capped by a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Honduras in March. It’s the third straight Olympics to not feature the U.S. men, who last appeared in Beijing in 2008.

Men’s Olympic soccer differs from the women’s tournament as the men’s teams are only players under the age of 23 – with three overage allowed. The women’s tournament features full national teams.

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Neymar celebrates after winning gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

How to watch 

All times are Eastern 

NBC Sports Network: 24-hour coverage 

USA: 4 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

Olympic Channel: 3:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. 

Live streams are also available – with a cable subscription – on and the NBC Sports app.  

Biggest Events 

All times Eastern 

8 p.m.: Softball – U.S. vs. Canada (NBCSN) 

11 p.m.: Softball – Japan vs. Mexico (NBCSN)

2 a.m.: Softball – Italy vs. Australia (NBCSN) 

4 a.m.: Men’s soccer group stage: Mexico vs. France (USA)

7:30 a.m.: Men’s soccer group stage: Brazil vs. Germany (Olympic Channel) 

Tape-delayed events: 

11 a.m.: Men’s soccer group stage: Mexico vs. France (USA)

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