In Praise of Olympic Football ⋆ An Old International

In Praise of Olympic Football

[typography font=”Alike” size=”14″ size_format=”px”]While the Olympic Games will officially start on Friday, the Olympic football tournament will already be underway. Thursday 26 July at 12 noon Spain and Japan will kick off the men’s tournament at Hampden Park in Glasgow. The British women have by then already played a game as they started their campaign for Olympic Gold on Wednesday against New Zealand.[/typography]

[typography font=”Alike” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]All Eyes on Neymar?[/typography]

[typography font=”Alike” size=”14″ size_format=”px”]For Brazil in particular the tournament will be special as the world media once will have a chance to see Neymar in action. The best prospect currently in world football will be the centre of attention for journalists as well as football lovers alike.[/typography]

[typography font=”Alike” size=”14″ size_format=”px”]Neymar and his Brazil team mates won’t be alone enjoying the limelight. The team GB captained by none other than Ryan Giggs will be another team that will be watched closely as the host nation expects. It is questionable however, if two players over 30 (the other being Craig Bellamy) are the best for Britain in this tournament. Stuart Pearce, the coach, certainly had no easy task at his hand, particularly with David Beckham also expected to be in the squad.[/typography]

[typography font=”Alike” size=”14″ size_format=”px”]Another team in the men’s tournament that will get media attention is that of Uruguay. Their forward line of Luis Suarez of Liverpool and Edinson Cavani of Naples are among the best forwards to be found in world football,

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