Everybody remembers where they where when the Ghana national team made their way into the quarterfinals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
They caught the attention of the soccer world and the hearts of fans with their athletic play and big-time win over a United States team that had aspirations of winning the whole thing.
Okay, maybe everybody doesn't remember it, because let's face it—soccer still hasn't caught on here in the U.S as much as we would have liked it to.
If you don't remember, though, let me give you a refresher. The United States came into the game feeling confident and ready to go, but Ghana was equally as confident and really stood out as an athletic and young team.
The two teams fought to a 1-1 tie, but Ghana's Asamoah Gyan knocked one in three minutes into overtime to advance past the Americans in an exhilarating win for the hometown favorites.
This is that same exciting Ghana team as it was back then, but as Mark Lomas of ESPN writes, they are much more powerful:
Back in 2010, it was a Ghana team packed with youth that enjoyed such a memorable year, but those players have further matured both physically and mentally since then, and Ghana can now boast a powerful side, teeming with technique and experience of some of Europe's biggest leagues. The Black Stars were also handed a major boost a week before the tournament with the return to fitness of World Cup star Asamoah Gyan, the iconic Al Ain frontman nursed back to health by the healing hands of renowned Serbian alternative therapist Mariana Kovacevic and her horse-placenta inspired treatment.
I expect that this is going to be a team to be reckoned with at Africa Cup Of Nations 2012, and I wouldn't be surprised if they are the last team left standing when all is said and done.
They have the World Cup experience under their belt, plus a bevy of very talented players, including aforementioned Gyan.
This is a must-see team that has a bright future ahead of them.
|1-21 / 1:30 p.m.||Equa. Guinea||v||Libya||Group A||Link|
|1-21 / 4 p.m||Senegal||v||Zambia||Group A||Link|
|1-22 / 11 a.m.||Ivory Coast||v||Sudan||Group B||Link|
|1-22 / 2 p.m.||Burkina Faso||v||Angola||Group B||Link|
|1-23 / 11 a.m.||Gabon||v||Niger||Group C||Link|
|1-23 / 2 p.m.||Morocco||v||Tunisia||Group C||Link|
|1-24 / 11 a.m.||Ghana||v||Botswana||Group D||Link|
|1-24 / 2 p.m.||Mali||v||Guinea||Group D||Link|
|1-25 / 11 a.m.||Libya||v||Zambia||Group A||Link|
|1-25 / 2. p.m.||Equa. Guinea||v||Senegal||Group A||Link|
|1-26 / 11 a.m.||Sudan||v||Angola||Group B||Link|
|1-26 / 2 p.m.||Ivory Coast||v||B. Faso||Group B||Link|
|1-27 / 11 a.m.||Niger||v||Tunisia||Group C||Link|
|1-27 / 2 p.m.||Gabon||v||Morocco||Group C||Link|
|1-28 / 11 a.m.||Botswana||v||Guinea||Group D||Link|
|1-28 / 2 p.m.||Ghana||v||Mali||Group D||Link|
|1-29 / 1 p.m.||Equa. Guinea||v||Zambia||Group A||Link|
|1-29 / 1 p.m.||Libya||v||Senegal||Group A||Link|
|1-30 / 1 p.m.||Ivory Coast||v||Angola||Group B||Link|
|1-30 / 1 p.m.||Sudan||v||B. Faso||Group B||Link|
|1-31 / 1 p.m.||Gabon||v||Tunisia||Group C||Link|
|1-31 / 1 p.m.||Niger||v||Morocco||Group C||Link|
|2-1 / 1 p.m.||Botswana||v||Mali||Group D||Link|
|2-1 / 1 p.m.||Ghana||v||Guinea||Group D||Link|
|2-4 / 11 a.m.||A Winner||v||2B||Quarters||Link|
|2-4 / 2 p.m.||B Winner||v||2A||Quarters||Link|
|2-5 / 11 a.m.||C Winner||v||2D||Quarters||Link|
|2-5 / 2 p.m.||D Winner||v||2C||Quarters||Link|
|2-8 / 11 a.m.||TBD||v||TBD||Semis||Link|
|2-8 / 2 p.m.||TBD||v||TBD||Semis||Link|
|2-11 / 2 p.m.||TBD||v||TBD||3rd||Link|
|2-12 / 2 p.m||SF 1 Win||v||SF 2 Win||Final||Link|