In Great Britain the Olympic football tournament is hardly seen as a big deal. Yet for many countries, particularly Uruguay and Brazil, it is the showpiece of the games.
The Uruguayans return to the tournament for the first time in 84 years and possess a fearsome squad with the likes of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez to lead the line as they search for their third gold medal in three attempts. Conversely, Brazil will be looking to take home the ultimate prize for the first time in their footballing history. The pressure is on Mano Menezes’ extremely talented squad to deliver due to the lack of competitive fixtures they have in the build-up to the World Cup. Elsewhere, Spain have grouped together a fantastic looking squad that includes players from Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United and Benfica.
Since allowing professionals to participate in the Olympic football the quality has risen dramatically and it is considered by many to be an extremely prestigious competition. Some of European football’s best young talents will be on show, along with more seasoned players who will make up each team’s limit of three players over the age of 23. With 16 teams on display the stage is set for a memorable competition, but who could be the star individuals to take the Games by storm?