Olympic 2012: Women’s football- Great Britain Vs New Zealand

July 23, 2012

Just a few days to go and the Olympics 2012 will grab the attention of the entire world. Starting on July 25, 2012, this event will continue till August 12, 2012 featuring three dozen games. On the first day of this historic sports event, a set of women’s football matches have been scheduled and the first one is between the host country, Great Britain and New Zealand which will be played at the Millennium Stadium. This match will start at 16.00 hours GMT.

In Group E, besides the host nation, there are three more countries, New Zealand, Cameroon and Brazil. Brazil has always been placed in the top four positions in this category in previous four occasions. But they have never won the Olympics gold. In 2004 and 2008, they won the silver being the runners up team and in 2000 and 1996, they occupied the fourth position. However, this time they are the only team in this group to end the Olympics as a No. 4 team.

Among these four teams, the winner of this group will be in the quarter finals to play against the third qualifier from Group F and Group G. Great Britain’s Women’s Football team is participation in this event for the first time and since they are the host nation, they got an easy entry in this event without going through any qualifying round. This team has reached the playoffs of Fifa Women’s World Cup in 2011 and lost to France in that round. But in recent times, this team has been playing quite impressively to create some marking in this Olympics. The team coach Hope Powell is quite confident with her team and she is hopeful that in the inaugural match, England will maintain their dominance over the New Zealand to prevail over them.

On the other hand, the Kiwis are comparatively in a leading position with respect to England on the basis of their earlier appearances in this sports event. In 2008, New Zealand Women’s Football team participated in the Olympics for the first time and they ended their campaign from the group stage with a single point from a draw match against Japan. This time they played the pre-Olympic qualifying match against Papua New Guinea and defeated their opponents in an outstanding way in 15-0 score line to make their way to London Olympics 2012. Sarah Gregorius became the star of the match scoring three goals. The Kiwi Coach Tony Readings is happy with his team girls and is looking forward to be the group topper.

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