Beijing Olympics Football Tournament; The Good, Bad, and the Upsets

Brandon McCallumCorrespondent IAugust 6, 2008

The Beijing Men's football championship begins today and goes right through to the 23rd of August. Many teams will try to capture glory, in Athens Argentina won it against Paraguay in the gold medal match.

This year Argentina once again has a strong team and will compete for the championship along with fifteen other teams. There are a few favorites and I will quickly break down the situation for the tournament.

Argentina without Carlos Tevez, the striker of Manchester United, his presence will be missed. Sergio Aguero will try and fill his boots and net some goals.

China, Japan, and Korea Republic who are the only Asian teams in the tournament will not do too good in my opinion. They all have strong teams but not strong enough for the tough competition from the rest of the world.

Look for these teams to make early exits out of the tournament.

Nigeria, Cameroon, and Cote d'Ivoire, also known as Ivory Coast are the three teams from Africa in the football tournament. A couple of these teams are missing key players for this tournament, but I do not think that will stop at least two of these from making the quarters.

This is Cote d'Ivoire's first appearance in Olympic Football.

Brazil will give Argentina a run for their money as they always have in the past couple of years. Last time these two teams faced each other was in a FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifier and the game ended up in a scoreless draw.

Look for Brazil to go deep into the knockout stages of this tournament.

USA is a very unpredictable team for me in this tournament. I can make a logical suggestion that the USA will not go very far into the knockout stages.

Australia and New Zealand, they will have two very different outcomes in my opinion. Australia will go into the knockout stages with their short bench and New Zealand may not win a match.

Italy and Netherlands, also known as Holland, will both have a good outing. Both of these teams making it to the knockout stages of EURO 2008 but these teams are not nearly the same.

Without nearly every player these teams had in the Euros is not playing in this Olympic Football tournament. It will be interesting to see how these teams do.

Belarus, Serbia, and Honduras will all be unfortunate breakdowns in this tournament in my opinion. I don't think these teams have any chance in winning this but one of these teams could pull of a David and Goliath story.

In the end I think that Lionel Messi and the rest of his Argentinean countrymen will prevail in the gold medal match against their fellow continental friends; Brazil.