Olympic 2012: Women’s football- United States Vs France

July 23, 2012

Only a few days more to go and then London Olympics 2012 will start with its historical glamour and excitement. With 36 different types of games and sports, this year’s Olympics will start on July 25, 2012. On the inaugural day, there will be six matches in Women’s football category. All the six groups, each having four teams, in this category will play their group stage matches on the day to come out with the teams for the playoffs.  While the first match of the day is between Group E teams: host nation Great Britain and New Zealand, the second match is between Group G teams, United States and France. This match will be played at Hampden Park and it will commence at 17.00 hours GMT.

In Group G, there are four teams: France, United States of America, North Korea and Columbia. This is the fifth year that this event Women’s Football is going to be held in the Olympics. In those four previous occasions, USA won gold three times, in 1996, 2004 and 2008. In 2000, they ended up with silver being the runner up as Norway topped the event winning gold. This year, USA is the only team from this group which had been in the top four in all the earlier occasions. In the last eight, the Group G topper will play against the third ranked country from Group E and Group F.

In their first group stage match, France is facing the almighty USA. But France is not an underdog because in 2011 Fifa Women’s World Cup, France ended up as a semi finalist and their appearance in the Fifa semi final has paved their way to this London Olympics. In the earlier part of 2012, France won the Cyprus Cup which has added a feather to their level of performance and potentiality to take up any challenge.  Coach Bruno Bini who is responsible for this team since 2007 has worked hard with her girls to achieve this position. They are now quite confident to keep up their winning stream by defeating USA.

The only adjective that can be used to describe the USA Women’s football team is Olympic Champions. They became the champions three times and are in very good form to be the champion once more in this Olympics. They played in the pre Olympics qualifying matches in an impressive way. Moreover, recently in the Concacaf Championship, they won all the five matches scoring 31 goals but did not concede any goal from the opponent’s side. Finally in the final, Canada was beaten up by them in 4-0. So with such rate of performance, they have been in this Olympics and are looking forward to defy France to move on with their campaign.

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