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The 2012 Olympic Games: The Womens Medal Matches

By on Aug 10, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

The winners were predictable long before the first match – arguably since the last kick of the 2011 World Cup Final penalty shoot-out. The United States, fuelled by revenge for a defeat in that match they didn’t really deserve, went ahead early in an appropriately entertaining Olympic final and, despite Japan’s best performance of the Games, stayed there. The best...

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The 2012 Olympic Games: The Mens Semi-Finals

By on Aug 8, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

South Korea dominated the early stages of their men’s Olympic football semi-final against what Jonathan Pearce summed up perfectly as “a higgledy-piggledy mess” of a Brazil side. This led to the fleeting prospect of a South Korea v. Mexico final. And, as those two sides met at Newcastle in one of the tournament’s direst games, it was just as well the prospect was...

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The 2012 Olympic Games: Womens Football – The Semi-Finals

By on Aug 7, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

After one-and-a-half sensational semi-finals, I feel like a killjoy. Despite the wonderful football played – at least as much by the losers as the winners – my thoughts were of refereeing decisions at Old Trafford; of penalties given (to the United States) and not given (to Canada); of yellow cards not shown (to Abby Wambach). And of history being made; the four...

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The 2012 Olympic Games: The Mens Quarter-Finals

By on Aug 7, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Of course they did. How could they do anything else? If the Olympic football tournament wasn’t a “proper” international football tournament already, it became one after what someone will surely call Team GB’s “ignominious quarter-final exit on penalties” on Saturday night. Nevertheless, those questioning the legitimacy of Olympic football might point to Team GB’s...

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The 2012 Olympic Games: Womens Football – The Quarter-Finals

By on Aug 4, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Those pesky quarter-finals do their worst yet again. By the time Hope Powell’s Team GB got any cohesion into their game against Canada, they were already a (terrific) goal down and the initiative had flown across the Atlantic, never to return.It was a sad, slightly flat way for Team GB’s otherwise impressive campaign to end, tempered by the fact that the Canadians...

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