Anything the Team GB women’s team can do, the men can do too, if with a good deal less style. After his side’s 1-0 win over Uruguay yesterday, the Hope Powell of men’s football, Stuart Pearce, declared that they had played some “outstanding football” to clinch a quarter-final place. Pearce’s eyesight must be a good deal better than mine, but however hard it was to watch as a football match, Britain’s win – of both match and group – was worthy and deserved. The two GB teams find themselves in almost identical situations, with winnable quarter-finals, a very likely semi-final against the tournament hot favourites and a medal a very real prospect. Read More The 2012 Olympic Games: The Mens Event, Group Stage Round Three

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Re-write the football coaching manuals, the Olympic football tournament suggests. Power leads to glory…not all that tiki-taka nonsense. The United States womens’ march to Gold, and the Spanish men’s march to…the airport were the key features of a mostly exciting round of Olympic football matches. If the women took the first round plaudits, the men’s took the second. And the medal prospects of both Team GB’s look a lot healthier than they did. If the gymnasts could do it… Read More The 2012 Olympic Games: No-one Expected The Spanish Elimination

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In front of a crowd of over 70,000 people at Wembley last night, women’s football in Britain was given the perhaps the biggest boost that it could have been given. There has been considerable huffing and puffing on the subject of teams representing the constituent parts of Britain being represented at this summers football tournament, along with familiar cries that football – in spite of a long history that is usually overlooked when making such bold statements – is somehow “not an Olympic sport”, but such considerations were put on the back burner yesterday evening as the British womens team both beat and outplayed a Brazilian team that many prior to the tournament would have considered to be amongst its favourites to win the gold medal in a couple of weeks time. Read More A Defining Evening For Womens Football In Britain?

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