Spain face Brazil in their opening encounter in Group A on Saturday (6 August).

Where to watch live

The match starts at 11.30pm BST. The hockey matches of the Rio 2016 Olympics will be telecast live on BBC One, BBC Four and Red Button in the United Kingdom. In addition to this, there will be up to 24 HD video streams to follow the event on desktop, mobile and tablet.

Below is a list of all Olympics 2016 Hockey broadcasters from across the world.

Overview

Spain come into the 2016 Rio Olympics not in the best of form, dropping down the FIH Hero World Rankings in recent years. Their current world ranking of 11, does not do justice to their talent and under head coach Frederic Soyez, a former France international, Spain will be looking to relive past glories.

Their best finish at the Olympic Games came in 2008 when they secured the silver medal in Beijing, and in David Alegre, Roc Oliva, Sergi Enrique, Miguel Delas, Pau Quemada and Quico Cortes they have players with experience who will need to lead the way if the Red Sticks are to come away with a medal.

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Spain did not have a good outing at the 2012 London Olympics, finishing in sixth placeGetty

The hosts Brazil will be taking part in their first-ever Olympic Games and it should be noted that they are here on merit, qualifying to reach the summer games. The lowest ranked team in the tournament, the Samba Boys reached the semi-finals of 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, which will hold them in good stead ahead of the their opening clash.

Striker Matheus Borges and defender Stephane Vehrle-Smith who were named in the 2015 Pan American Elite teams are key, needing to perform in every game if the hosts are to progress further in the competition.

Team news

Spain:

Goalkeepers: Francisco Cortes, Pol-Garcia Gascon

Defenders: David Alegre, Oriol Bach, Jordi Carrera, Sergi Enrique, Andres Mir, Alfonso Moreno, Bosco Perez, Ricardo Sanchez, Ricardo Santana

Midfielders: Alejandro Fruit, Miguel Delas, Alvaro Iglesias, Salvador Piera, Vicens Ruiz, Salles Marc, Manel Terrace

Forwards: Albert Beltran, Alex Casasayas, Jorge Gabriel Dabanch, Xavier Lleonart, Roc Oliva, Pau Quemada

Brazil:

Goalkeepers: Thiago Bomfim, Rodrigo Faustino

Defenders: Bruno Mendonca, Paul Duncker, Stephane Smith, Yuri van der Heijden

Midfielders: Andre Patrocinio, Bruno Paes, Lucas Paixao, Marcos Pasin, Patrick van der Heijden

Forwards: Matheus Borges, Bruno Sousa, Luis Reus, Chris McPherson

Below is a list of TV channels that would air the game around the world:

Country/RegionBroadcaster
United KingdomBBC
ArgentinaAmerica Movil, DirecTV, ESPN, Fox Sports
Australia7mate
AustriaZDF
BrazilFox Sports Brazil
ChileESPN, Fox Sports
ColombiaESPN, Fox Sports
Costa RicaESPN
FranceFrance 4, Foot+
GermanyZDF
HondurasClaro Sports
Hong KongTVB Sport
IrelandLFC TV
IrelandRTE
IndiaStar Sports
Middle EastbeIN Sports Arabia
NetherlandsNOS
NorwayTV2 Sumo
PortugalSport TV3
SpainTVE La 1, TDP
United StatesUSA Network, NBC Sports