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Saturday, August 2, 2008

2008 Beijing Men's Olympic Football Tournament

Olympics Previews - Day -7

On 07 August, the men's Olympic football tournament will kick-off from China. This is an U-23 event; however, each team is allowed three overage players if they were released by their respective clubs. For example, Juan Roman Riquelme (Boca Juniors) for Argentina, Ronaldinho Gaucho (AC Milan) for Brazil, and Brian McBride (Chicago Fire) for the USA. The defending champion, Argentina, did not concede a goal four years ago in Athens. Although it may be difficult to fathom, Brazil has never won this tournament.

In North America, NBC and Telemundo have broadcast rights for the games. Telemundo will provide significant football coverage from China, and for the first time in North America, will offer 130 hours of complete overall programming in Spanish. If you live in North America, you can check Live Soccer TV for daily broadcast times of the Olympic soccer matches.

Let's take a look at the four groups, and I will list them in alphabetical order:

Group A

Cote d'Ivoire

Group B

The Netherlands

Group C

New Zealand
People's Republic of China

Group D

Korea Republic

Elimination Round (In order of games)

Game 25: Winner of Group C x Second Place from Group D
Game 26: Winner of Group D x Second Place from Group C
Game 27: Winner of Group A x Second Place from Group B
Game 28: Winner of Group B x Second Place from Group A

Game 29: Winner of Game 26 x Winner of Game 28
Game 30: Winner of Game 25 x Winner of Game 27

Game 31: Bronze Medal: 22 August from Shanghai. Loser of Game 29 x Loser of Game 30.
Game 32: Gold Medal: 23 August at 1200 local time from Beijing. Winner of Game 29 x Winner of Game 30.

Bracket courtesy of Wikipedia.

Gold Medal Match







Bronze Medal Match



Tournament Fixtures

For a complete look at the bracket, along with kick-off times, please click here.

For rosters of your favorite teams, please click here.

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