Olympic Soccer: Difference Makers for Each Team During the Quarterfinals

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Olympic Soccer: Difference Makers for Each Team During the Quarterfinals
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Neymar has been spectacular during the tournament. But who else will shine?

With the quarterfinals set, the biggest surprise during this year’s Olympic football tournament is that powerhouse Spain has been sent packing after collecting just one point and more amazingly, not a single goal.

Spain, along with Brazil and Uruguay, were considered the favorites before the competition began, but now only the Verde-Amarela remain standing after Great Britain defeated Uruguay 1-0 to advance to the final eight.

But even without the perennial powerhouses, intriguing matches abound and the gold medal remains largely up for grabs.

Could Central American upstarts Honduras possibly upset Brazil? Can Great Britain do something that England usually fails to do and advance to the semifinals?

While many big name players are missing because of Olympic rules that only allow three players per country to be older than 23 years old, those present are making the most of their opportunity and taking advantage of the spotlight.

Most people already know who Neymar is, but who will be the other difference makers during the quarterfinals? Here we take a look, team by team, at the eight players who can take their countries to the next level.

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