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Guide to soccer at the Olympics

Updated: Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 17:35

Neymar will spearhead Brazil's challenge
Neymar will spearhead Brazil's challenge

COMPETITION DATES
25 July to 11 August.

STAR NAME
Neymar: A worthy heir to the Brazilian legends of the past. Just 18 when he made his senior debut for the national side, Neymar is regarded as a certainty to end up in Europe in the near future. A winger with exceptional balance, the Santos man has already scored over 100 goals as a professional, including eight for Brazil.

GREATEST OLYMPIAN
Lev Yashin: Better players than you might imagine have a claim on this title, including Xavi, Lionel Messi and Ronaldo. However, for a bit of variety and because he won gold (in 1956), which of the above trio only Messi managed, the honour goes to legendary USSR goalkeeper Yashin, the man regarded as the best goalkeeper of all-time.

BIGGEST FLOP
Impossible to pick out an individual but on the basis South America has provided at least one finalist in five out of the last seven Games, what about a Brazil squad containing Ronaldinho in 2000, beaten by Cameroon in the quarters?

DID YOU KNOW?
Football is one of the oldest Olympic sports and has been missing on just two occasions. A Great Britain team will return to the competition for the first time since 1960. Despite being announced as the most successful Olympic team at the draw, Brazil have never won gold.

FIRST APPEARANCE AT THE GAMES
1900.

Medal Table

Country Total
USA 45 27 30 102
China 38 28 23 89
Great Britain 29 17 19 65
Russia 25 25 32 82
South Korea 13 8 7 28
Ireland 1 1 3 5
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