As the group stages near a close, the Olympic football tournament has usurped many of the other Olympic sports, with its well attended events, entertaining matches, and (some) star players living up to expectations. Chelsea fans will be encouraged by the solid start Oscar has made to the games with Brazil, with their new man playing well and grabbing himself a goal as the Selecao managed three goals in their first two matches. Neymar has also lived up to massive expectations, entertaining crowds across the country with his silky skills and supreme confidence, and a move to Europe looks like it should come sooner rather than later to aid his development in time for 2014. Read more..
After a reasonable display against a strong Brazil team in the lead up to the mens Olympic football competition, team GB will be looking to get off to a good start in the group stages, in what could be a tricky first game against Senegal. Anyone attending these games will have been presented with some ridiculous demands as to what you can and can’t take into the stadium with you, as the games organisers pander to their precious sponsors, at the expense of fun and enjoyment for paying spectators. Measures have been taken to tackle corruption at the Olympics, and maybe some more measures should be taken to tackle the killjoy organisation of the games. Read more..
If watching people chasing each other around a track, or throwing objects around on a field isn’t your idea of entertainment, then there are plenty of other sports at the Olympic games to keep you half interested. After the much hyped build up to the games it’s natural to feel disappointed when you realise athletics isn’t really that good to watch, and the goings on at your local baths are more exciting than the 200 metre freestyle swimming. To put it in a football context, it’s similar to the build up to an England performance at a major tournament – all hype, expectation, sponsorship and waffle – but not much of an end product. The Read more..