London 2012: Previewing the Olympic Football Tournament

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London 2012: Previewing the Olympic Football Tournament
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Wembley—site of the final.

Even before they light the Olympic torch outside of London's Olympic Stadium on Friday night, even before the colorful opening ceremonies and parade of athletes, the games will have started. The men's tournament for the Olympic medals in football begins on Thursday with eight first-round matches involving all 16 teams.

Among the participants are the hosts, the Great Britain team; Brazil, seeking its first gold medal; and the reigning world and European champions, Spain.

Let's take a look at each of the 16 teams set to commence play at six historic stadiums across the United Kingdom on Thursday.

 

Group A

Great Britain

Senegal

United Arab Emirates

Uruguay

 

Group B

Mexico

South Korea

Gabon

Switzerland

 

Group C

Brazil

Egypt

Belarus

New Zealand

 

Group D

Spain

Japan

Honduras

Morocco

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