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Japan vs Egypt: 6 Bold Predictions for Olympic Football Quarterfinal
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Old Trafford plays host to two of the surprise contenders of the 2012 Summer Olympics football tournament quarterfinalists, Japan and Egypt.

Japan's U23 National team are made up of players primarily all still playing their club football in Japan, but the next most represented club league is the German Bundesliga which shows the importance of Japanese talent to the rise of central European football.

Egypt is almost entirely full of Egyptian-based players save for Mohamed Salah of Swiss-based FC Basel and Ahmed Hegazy of Italian club Fiorentina.

The two clubs have reached the quarterfinals having faced tough tests in the group stages.

Japan opened the tournament against recently crowned European champion Spain, who had a host of the senior national team in the squad. However, Japan shocked the world with a 1-0 upset of the Spanish giants who would eventually crash out.

The Asian islanders would then manage another hard-fought 1-0 victory over Morocco before ending their qualifying campaign with a draw against Honduras.

Egypt also faced a tough challenge against Brazil in their opening match, and despite having pushed the young samba stars to the end, they could not overturn a 3-2 defective.

With a hard fight to qualify, Egypt managed a tough draw against a resilient New Zealand side before hammering Belarus 3-1 in their final match of the group stage.

Now the two nations will collide in a showdown at Old Trafford that will see one of them head to the semifinals and give them a 75 percent chance of securing a medal for their country.

All statistics are compiled from match reports from the official site of the London Olympics, London2012.com.

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