Olympic football final

Brazil – Mexico

Men’s Football Tournament at the 2012 Olympics reaches its conclusion with Brazil and Mexico chasing their first ever Olympic gold at Wembley Stadium in London.

Even before the tournament started, Mano Menezes’ side were seen as one of the main candidates for the title, having arrived to Great Britain with a star-studded squad.

Following the 3-0 semi-final win over very good South Korea side, Brazil will fancy their chances in this match, even if the pressure will be on them given that Mexico have nothing to lose.

Star forward Hulk should return to the starting line-up after being rested in the semis, with Alex Sandro dropping out.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Neto – Rafael, Thiago Silva, Juan, Marcelo – Sandro, Romulo, Oscar – Hulk, Damiao, Neymar.

Mexico arrived to the 2012 Summer Games with excellent reputation, having won the Pan American Games and Toulon Youth Tournament with virtually the same squad that traveled to the Olympics.

El Tri progressed from the group stage without conceding a single goal, but they were made to work hard for victories over Senegal and Japan in the knockout stages.

Luis Tena’s side showed a lot of character by beating Senegal after extra time and defeating Japan after coming from a goal down, so they certainly cannot be written off before the clash with Brazil.

Luis Tena is unlikely to make changes to the side that largely impressed against Japan, meaning Oribe Peralta and Giovani dos Santos will form the attacking partnership.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Corona – Jimenez, Mier, Reyes, Chavez – Fabian, Enriquez, Salcido, Fabian – Dos Santos, Peralta.

late bet infos

 handball Olympics, Croatia – Tunis / tunis 1st half  under 10,5 @ 1,8

Croatia is playing best defence ever, i cannot remember when they played so organized, pressing defence. They didnt recive 11 goals in neither game..1st destroyed Korea 31-21 (14-8 ht), than destroyed Serbia 23-31 (9-13 ht), than come hungary and +7, it was 26-19 (ht 11-9)..than biggiest victory, Euro champions Denmark is destroyed with +11, 32-21 (14-9 on ht) and last round big rival Spain 25-30 (10-11)..That are all good teams, much better than Tunis. Tunis was in much easyer group and i cannot see with this Croatia how can thaw make something..

Both Madrid and Milan have won their first two friendlies in the United States this year, with a Yankee Stadium clash set to blemish at least one record.

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Arbeloa, Albiol, Ramos, Coentrao; Alonso, Granero; Jese, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema.


GOALKEEPERS: Iker Casillas, Antonio Adán, Jesus Fernandez Collado

DEFENDERS: Raul Albiol, Alvaro Arbeola, Fabio Coentrão, Jose Nacho Fernández, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane

MIDFIELDERS: Xabi Alonso, Jose Maria Callejon, Angel Di Maria, Lass Diarra, Alex Fernandez, Esteban Granero, Kaka, Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil, Jese Rodriguez, Nuri Sahin

FORWARDS: Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain, Alvaro Morata, Cristiano Ronaldo

AC Milan (4-3-1-2): Abbiati; Abate, Bonera, Acerbi, Antonini; Nocerino, Ambrosini, Flamini; Boateng; Cassano, Robinho.


GOALKEEPERS: Christian Abbiati, Marco Amelia, Edoardo Pazzagli

DEFENDERS: Ignazio Abate, Francesco Acerbi, Luca Antonini, Daniele Bonera, Djamel Mesbah, Mario Alberto Yepes, Mattia De Sciglio,

MIDFIELDERS: Massimo Ambrosini, Kevin Prince Boateng, Kevin Constant, Urby Emanuelson, Mathieu Pierre Flamini, Riccardo Montolivo, Antonio Nocerino, Bakaye Traore, Mattia Valoti, Bryan Cristante

FORWARDS: Robinho, Antonio Cassano, Stephan El Shaarawy, Philipp Prosenik

5 Barcelona v Manchester United

FC Barcelona vs Manchester United

Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden

Wednesday 8th August 2012, KO 20:00 (local time), 19:00 GMT

Manchester United last played Barcelona in Washington DC on 30th July 2011. The Red Devils won that match 2-1 with a 22nd minuted goal from Nani and a 76th minute winner from Michael Owen. Thiago Alcantara scored the only for the 2011 UEFA Champions League winners. The victory was widely celebrated being as it was only two months since the Barcelona side mauled Manchester United at Wembley in the UEFA Champions League final.

This match will be different as Barcelona will have a full side plus their talented youngsters. This means Manchester United will get a good match in before the curtain raiser away to Everton, just 12 days after the Barcelona match. The Old Trafford side have only scored three goals in pre-season so far, but only conceded once. Not a great start but pre-season matches are all about fitness, get a good fitness level now and players will feel the benefits when the season starts.

I would say the main Barcelona players to watch tomorrow night will be Lionel Messi, who scored 73 goals in all competitions last season, the usual suspects Xavi and Iniesta. For Manchester United I would say Wayne Rooney, who will want to open this seasons scoring account, Paul Scholes who will be up for the midfield challenge and Shinji Kagawa, who I would like to see against one of the best, if not the best sides in European and world football. I expect Valencia to fill in at right-back again, with Rio and Vidic in the centre and Evra on the left. Carrick and Scholes in midfield with Nani and Young on the wing, with Kagawa playing int the hole behind Rooney.

This match should be entertaining and I for one have been looking forward to this match since it was announced back in June.

FC Barcelona Facts

  • Founded 29th November 1899, 112 years ago
  • Tito Vilanova is the current coach, who replaced Pep Guardiola this summer.
  • Play at the Camp Nou in Barcelona
  • Top Scorer (last season league goals): Lionel Messi with 50 league goals and 16 league assists
  • Finished 2nd in La Liga, which they have won 21 times in the clubs history
  • Barcelona have a very attacking style of play and they love to pass the ball around the pitch, effectively stopping the other team from getting the ball
  • Captain is Hernandez Xavi with Carles Puyol as vice captain
  • Nicknamed Barça or Blaugrana
  • Most appearances: Hernandez Xavi on 690 competitive appearances for Barcelona and Barcelona B
  • Club top goalscorer: Lionel Messi on 253 goals in all competitions
  • Won 21 league titles, 25 Copa del Rey’s, 10 Supercopa de España, 3 Copa Eva Duarte, 2 Copa de la Liga, 4 European cups/UEFA Champions League, 4 European Cup Winners’ Cup/UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, 3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, 4 European Super Cup / UEFA Super Cup and 2 FIFA Club World Cup.

Manchester United facts

  • Founded in 1878 as Newton Heath Lancashire Yorkshire Railway Football Club
  • Sir Alex Ferguson has been the manager since 6th November 1986
  • Play at Old Trafford, which has a 75,811 capacity
  • Top Scorers (last season): Wayne Rooney 27 league goals and Javier Hernandez 10 goals
  • Finished 2nd in the Barclays Premier League, which they have won 12 times since the league started
  • Manchester United had an attacking style of play, scoring 89 goals and conceding 33 goals
  • Captain is Nemanja Vidic, vice captain is Patrice Evra
  • Nicknamed the Red Devils
  • Most appearances: Ryan Giggs who has made 909 appearances (Giggs is absent from the tour as he is in the Team GB squad)
  • Club top goalscorer: Sir Bobby Charlton 249
  • Won 19 league titles, 11 FA cups, 4 league cups, 19 FA Charity/Community Shields, 3 European cups/UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Cup Winners cup, 1 UEFA Super cup, 1 Intercontinental cup and 1 FIFA Club World cup

FC Barcelona Form (league matches): WWWWWLWWWD (Tour 2012): WWW

Manchester United Form (league matches): WWWWLWDLWW (DHL Tour 2012): WDWD

FC Barcelona Squad:

GK: Victor Valdes, Jose Manuel Pinto, Francesc Vilanova

DEF: Daniel Alves, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Jordi Alba, Martin Montoya, Marc Bartra, Carles Planas, Adriano, Andreu Fontas, Marc Muniesa

MID: Cesc Fabregas, Hernandez Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Javier Mascherano, Ibrahim Afellay, Jonathan dos Santos, Rafinha, Sergi Roberto, Thiago Alcantara, Isaac Cuenca,

FOR: Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez, Rodriques Pedro, Cristian Tello, David Villa

Manchester United Squad:

GK: David De Gea, Anders Lindegaard

DEF: Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Michael Keane, Robbie Brady, Scott Wootton

MID: Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Anderson, Shinji Kagawa, Luis Nani, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, Nick Powell, Jesse Lingard

FOR: Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, Dimitar Berbatov, Federico Macheda

Peru Primera Division

Garcilaso – Cesar Vallejo

*altutde ‘help’ fir hosts, 3249 meters (CV is on 32 m)

César Vallejo: Hermoza; Tenemás, Galván, Otoya, Guizasola; Hinostroza, Morales, Sotil, A. Sánchez; Jiménez, Velásquez DT: V. Rivera.

Real Garcilaso: Carranza, Herrera, Alloco, Ciucci, Santillán, E. Uribe, Odar, J. Uribe, Silva, Ramos, Pando. DT: Freddy García.

Jose Galvez – Sporting Cristal

José Gálvez: Reyes; Mesarina, Calderón, Salinas, Ramos, Vásquez; Ruiz, Atoche, Barrena, Noronha; Aguirre.

Sporting Cristal: E. Delgado, Valverde, Ayr, W. Vílchez, Yotún, Chávez, Cazulo, M. Delgado, Lobatón, Mariño, Ávila.

León de Huánuco – Sport Huancayo  0-+0,5 Sport H @ 2,15

Leon good at home because of high altitude but that will not be problem for Sport
Sport is in better form, have two points more. Leon also ocupated with copa sudamericana which shaked their form and fitness. They cant count any more on Ramon Cardozo (19/7, left before, 2nd scorer), Zeggara (mf 23/8, topscorer), Cambindo (df 22/0),

Leon de Huanuco : Salas Flores, Lojas, Araujo, Quina, Hidalgo, Vasquez Peña, Chavez, Dionisio, Almirón DT: A. Ruiz

Sport Huancayo : Pinto, Farfan, Araujo, Figueroa, Arteaga, Mendoza, Salazar, Morales, Carranza, Lopez i Ibarra.

Cobresol – Inti Gas Deportes

Cobresol : Sotillo, Zegarra, Campos, Jezik, Ubillús i Vinces i Soria i Tordoya Valdiviezo, Chaparro i Enahoro.

Inti Gas : Villasanti, Philipps, Diaz, Montalva, Hernandez Correa, Corcuera, Santamaria, I.Chumpitaz; Perez Palacios.

Juan Aurich – Cienciano  -1,25 JA  1,98

*Cienciano good at home on very high altitude, away poore. JA is much better team, have no missing problems and have Tejeda (23/13) in squad. Cienciano has no: Mosito (att 21/9), Rivero (att 19/3), Elias (mf 16/6), Casas (mf 20/0), Penalillo (df 19/0)..

Juan Aurich: Penny, Benavides, Barrios, Fleitas, Quino, Inolopú, Rojas, Ortiz, Guevara, Chiroque y Tejada.

Cienciano: Cisneros, Núñez, Zamora, Pereyra, García, Castrillón, Retamoso, Seminario, Hinostroza, Cominges y Virrueta.

Internacional Vs Nautico Recife

Suspended: Elton
Doubtful: Datolo (fit), Kleber (fit)
Injured/unavailable: Leandro Damiao (Olympics), D’Alessandro (thigh), Dagoberto (thigh), Otavio (broken leg)

Nautico Recife
Suspended: Ronaldo Alves
Injured/unavailable: Rogerio (knee)

Sport Recife Vs Vasco da Gama

Sport Recife
Suspended: Willians, Edcarlos
Doubtful: Bruno Aguiar (broken nose)Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama
Injured/unavailable: Rodolfo (knee)

Bahia Vs Portuguesa

Suspended: Mancini
Doubtful: Elias (fit), Jeferson (fit)
Injured/unavailable: Madson (thigh), Coelho (knee), Gabriel (thigh), Kleberson (thigh)

Injured/unavailable: Lima (thigh), Leandro Silva (right foot)

Corinthians Vs Atletico Goianiense

Injured/unavailable: Gomes (thigh), Chan (shoulder)

Atletico Goianiense
Suspended: Bida
Doubtful: Leonardo (fit)
Injured/unavailable: Adriano Pimenta (knee), Felipe Brisola (knee)

Botafogo Vs Palmeiras

Injured/unavailable: Marcelo Mattos (pubis), Rodrigo Dantas (thigh), Lucas Zen (knee)

Suspended: Joao Vitor
Injured/unavailable: Valdivia (thigh), Roman (thigh), Daniel Carvalho (thigh), Maikon Leite (thigh), Wesley (knee), Luan (thigh)

Figueirense Vs Flamengo

Suspended: Guilherme Santos, Aloisio
Injured/unavailable: Almir (ankle), Wilson (knee), Tiago Volpi (broken leg), Toro (thigh), Franco Niell (thigh), Heber (broken leg)

Injured/unavailable: Airton (thigh), Deivid (ankle), Maldonado (knee)

Santos Vs Cruzeiro

Injured/unavailable: Rafael (elbow), Galhardo (thigh), Fucile (foot), Bernardo (thigh), Edu Dracena (knee), Neymar (Olympics), Ganso (Olympics)

Injured/unavailable: Alex Silva (knee)