Great Britain vs. Uruguay: Start Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Oliver Thomas@OliverBThomasContributor IJuly 30, 2012

Ryan Giggs and the rest of Great Britain's soccer team will be challenged by Uruguay.
Ryan Giggs and the rest of Great Britain's soccer team will be challenged by Uruguay.Julian Finney/Getty Images

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, Great Britain and Uruguay will hit the pitch for their men's Group A Olympic soccer match at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

According to Rick Zuckerman of NBCOlympics.com, 2012 is Great Britain's first Olympic appearance since 1960. The host nation hasn't even tried to qualify since 1972. Team GB's soccer résumé includes two gold medals between the 1908 and 1912 games.

Uruguay find themselves in a similar situation. It's been 84 years since La Celeste last relished in Olympic hardware, clinching gold in the 1924 and 1928 games, per ESPN.com.

The notables to watch in this fixture are Uruguay's dangerous forwards, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, going up against Great Britain midfielder Aaron Ramsey and 38-year-old captain Ryan Giggs.

Where: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

When: Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2:45 P.M. EDT

Live stream: NBC Sports Network

Great Britain's Early Match Schedule

July 20: Friendly Match vs. Brazil: 0-2 Loss

July 26, 3:00 P.M. EDT: vs. Senegal: 1-1 Draw

July 29, 2:45 P.M. EDT: vs. United Arab Emirates: 3-1 Win

Great Britain started off their 2012 Olympic journey in a friendly against one of the elite: Brazil. It was merely an exhibition loss against a top contender, but it prepped the team for the road ahead.

In their opening Olympic match on July 26, Team GB was in a stalemate against Senegal. Three days later, the squad showed its strength against the United Arab Emirates, pulling out a 3-1 victory.

It's worth noting that 2012 marks the first Olympic games for both Senegal and the United Arab Emirates soccer teams. However, neither club has been a pushover.

Uruguay's Early Match Schedule

July 11: Friendly Match vs. Chile: 6-4 Win

July 15: Friendly Match vs. Panama: 2-0 Win

July 26, 12:00 P.M. EDT: vs. United Arab Emirates: 2-1 Win

July 29, 12:00 P.M. EDT: vs. Senegal: 0-2 Loss

After defeating Chile and Panama in the pre-Olympic friendly matches, Uruguay seemed to have a have mustered up a head of steam.

The team edged out the United Arab Emirates in their first Olympic contest. But on July 29, the Senegalese team derailed Uruguay in a stunning 0-2 triumph.


Both sides have a history of Olympics success—albeit an ancient history of success.

Great Britain is a very talented soccer team, but Uruguay's downfield firepower will be tough to restrain. The results against the United Arab Emirates and Senegal should act as a barometer for the outcome of their August 1 match.

Although, it's a different ball game, and Great Britain would advance to the elite eight with a tie (cites ESPN.com).

With Uruguay's backs against the wall, Great Britain falls short in a 3-2 nail-biter.


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