London 2012 is right around the corner, so it is time for a first analysis. Regularly, the Olympics have over 35 sports disciplines. However, the one that is creating the most expectation is soccer with the under 23-national teams of Mexico, Brazil and Spain.
The ‘tri’ arrives to the tournament with no pressure, but with a lot of hope, knowing that they are going to have to battle real hard to win the Olympic gold medal. This squad has high-caliber young players who understand what it is to work as a team and believe in the philosophy of the team.
The ‘verde-amarela’ will put its team’s potential to the test in this competition, previous to its own FIFA World Cup in 2014. The ‘canarinha’ squad possesses many talented players who are eager to play and win. And, like in every soccer tournament, Brazil is one of the favorite team to come out victorious of this tournament, regardless of the way that they are playing. Neymar, who is the leader and star of this team already said “we are not coming to London just to have fun”
These U-23 players who represent ‘La Furia Roja’ have just won the European Cup of their age’s level. The team has excellent players like Juan Mata of Chelsea FC, the new Barcelona FC’s defender and EuroCup’s sensation Jordi Alba, and the multi-positions Javi Martinez of Athletic Club Bilbao. As a whole, the squad is carrying great momentum, and although they had just won a title, they are still hungry for more achievements.
Another discipline that is raising the expectation of the public is basketball.
Undoubtedly, Team USA is the team to beat at the Olympics, as they are loaded with skillful and powerful NBA stars, such as Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.
However, while the American team almost already has the gold medal around its neck before the beginning of the Olympics, the Spanish basketball team is practicing quietly, yet with a lot of energy, simply hoping to have the chance to play Team USA and beat them in order for Spain to astonish the world, by accomplishing what seems to be impossible to so many people.
And, as a matter of fact, Spain possesses a brilliant team with names like Pau and Mark Gasol, the Congolis nationalized Spanish Sergi Ibaka, Jose Calderon and Rudy Fernandez. Without a doubt, these players provide class and big expectations to the team, which is one of the couple of teams that can make live hard to the American team, in my opinion.
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