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Football Soccer Beijing Olympics

Football or soccer as it is known in many countries is an under-23 year competition at the Olympics. Teams are allowed to have 3 senior players. This year the number of competing countries has been increased from 12 to 16.

Venues: Beijing National Stadium, Workers’ Stadium, Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Centre Stadium, Shanghai Stadium, Shenyang Olympic Stadium, Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium

Argentina defeats Nigeria 1-0 to win Olympic gold in men’s football

Angel di Maria of Argentina scored the only goal against Nigeria, earning them the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. Argentina also won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens games.

Brazil beat Belgium yesterday to win the bronze medal.

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Brazil defeated Belgium 3-0 to claim the bronze medal in the men’s football.
Diego scored one goal and Jo scored the other two.

The United States has once again beaten Brazil in an Olympic Games Gold Medal match. With both sides being scoreless after 90 minutes the match went into extra time but it only took the United States’ Carli Lloyd 6 minutes to put the Americans into the winning position.
Despite a valiant effort by the Brazilians [...]

Pele who is in Beijing helping with Rio de Janeiro’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics, said Argentina were better prepared than Brazil in the men’s football.
“I think Argentina were better prepared than Brazil,” said Pele. “Once again, Brazil couldn’t win the gold medal.”
“It’s not good for us but this is what happens in football, [...]

In the much anticipated football clash between Argentina and Brazil, Argentina won 3-0 to advance to the final against Nigeria.
Lionel Messi scored and two goals came from Sergio Aguero.
A crowd of 52,968 fans packed the Worker’s Stadium including Diego Maradona.
Nigeria thrashed Belgium 4-1 in Shanghai.

Argentina play Brazil tonight in the semi-final of the men’s football. The match starts at 9:00 p.m and will be played at the Worker’s Stadium in Beijing.
Belgium and Nigeria will play in Shanghai in the other semi-final.
The Argentina - Brazil match is being billed as the Ronaldinho-Lionel Messi clash.
“It’s a match between [...]

Nigeria is one step closer to the quarter finals after defeating Japan 2-1, in Tianjin.
Victor Obinna scored one goal for Nigeria and Victor Anichebe scored the second. Yohei Toyoda scored Japan’s goal in the 79th minute.
“Of course there were mistakes, but overall I’m happy with my team,” Nigeria coach Samson Siasia said. “We just [...]