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Olympic Lessons

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RIO'S SHINE SHADES OVER THE START OF THE FOOTBALL SEASON


The Rio Olympic Games have just finished and that two-week fiesta every four years has rightly had the lion's share of our hearts and minds again, despite the opening of the European football calendar.


The Olympics is a useful aide-memoire that other sports are out there, rather like the Roman who was employed to whisper "Remember thou art mortal" in the ear of generals returning to the seven hills in triumph.

Neymar Takes Just 14 Seconds To Score Fastest Goal In Olympic History As Brazil Rout Honduras To Reach Final (Video)

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After enduring a ropy start to their tournament, Brazil went breezing into the mens Olympic football final with a resounding 6-0 win over Honduras in the semis.

It didn't take long for Brazil to breach the incredibly porous Honduran backline for the first time, with Neymar taking just 14 seconds after kick-off to open the scoring.

Barbosa transfer GOOD for Arsenal apart from one BIG problem – Olympics

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If you believe the latest Arsenal transfer rumours, which is always a risky business by the way, then it looks like Arsene Wenger is making a determined effort to sign the young Brazil international striker Gabriel Barbosa from Santos. But even if we do sign the 19-year old I still feel that Arsenal will be [.

Brazil squad: Chelsea's €42m target, Anderson, Barcelona duo included in Olympic lineup

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After a disappointing Copa America Centenario campaign, Brazil now turn their attention towards winning the gold medal in Olympic on their home soil.

Two years after their devastating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-final, Brazil are looking to bring smile back to the home supporters with a gold medal to their three silver medals, two bronze and five World Cup titles already.

Micale named as Brazil’s Olympic football coach

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Brazil's under-20s coach Micale will handle the host nation's football squad at the Rio Olympics, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Wednesday.

It had previously been thought likely that former national coach Dunga would oversee the Olympic team, but he was fired after Brazil's shock first round exit from the Copa America.

Micale named as Brazil’s Olympic football coach

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Brazil's under-20s coach Micale will handle the host nation's football squad at the Rio Olympics, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Wednesday.

It had previously been thought likely that former national coach Dunga would oversee the Olympic team, but he was fired after Brazil's shock first round exit from the Copa America.

Neymar to lead Brazil’s push for Olympic Medals

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Soccer superstar Neymar will lead Brazil's charge for gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the country seeks to forget its political and economic blues.

The country of 200 million people faces a nervous 100-day countdown to the start of the Games where it is counting on winning about 30 medals.

Neymar to lead Brazil’s push for Olympic Medals

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Soccer superstar Neymar will lead Brazil's charge for gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the country seeks to forget its political and economic blues.

The country of 200 million people faces a nervous 100-day countdown to the start of the Games where it is counting on winning about 30 medals.

Neymar to play Olympics and miss Copa America

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Barcelona's Brazilian star Neymar will miss the Copa America Centenario in the United States in June, but will be released to represent his country at the Rio Olympics in August, the Catalan giants announced on Wednesday.

"FC Barcelona thanks the Brazilian football federation and their president Marco Polo del Nero, who have accepted the proposal made by the club that Neymar only play in the Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016, which take place between 3-21 of August," the club said in a statement.

Neymar to play Olympics and miss Copa America

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Barcelona's Brazilian star Neymar will miss the Copa America Centenario in the United States in June, but will be released to represent his country at the Rio Olympics in August, the Catalan giants announced on Wednesday.

"FC Barcelona thanks the Brazilian football federation and their president Marco Polo del Nero, who have accepted the proposal made by the club that Neymar only play in the Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016, which take place between 3-21 of August," the club said in a statement.

Club vs. Country

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This summer the Brazilian national team will compete in two major tournaments: the 2016 Rio Olympics in August and the Copa America Centenario in June. Brazil's star forward Neymar, however, may only compete in one. Neymar's club team, Barcelona, has publically stated that they will only release Neymar for one of the two tournaments this.

Arsenal

What Arsenal should do with Serge Gnabry

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Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnabry is currently tearing up the competition with Germany at the Olympics in Brazil. The 21-year-old winger has netted six goals in just five matches, tying him for most goals scored in the tournament with teammate Nils Peterson (one of Germany's three over-aged players).

What Arsenal should do with Serge Gnabry

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Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnabry is currently tearing up the competition with Germany at the Olympics in Brazil. The 21-year-old winger has netted six goals in just five matches, tying him for most goals scored in the tournament with teammate Nils Peterson (one of Germany's three over-aged players).

Arsenal’s Iwobi and Chelsea’s Mikel named in provisional Olympic squad

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Nigeria have named a provisional 35-man squad for the Olympics this summer, and have included the likes of Alex Iwobi, Jon Obi Mikel and Kelechi Iheanacho. The competition is set to run between August 4 and August 20, meaning any Premier League players inclusion would mean they miss much of pre-season in preparation for the [.

Arsenal set to lose breakthrough star for next season’s opener

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Alex Iwobi has just confirmed his intention to representNigeria inthe upcoming Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. The winger has rapidly rose to prominence in North-London, and is now an integral part of the first-team squad. Iwobi will be expected to play a huge part in the Gunners bid to win next season's Premier League [.

U.S. Women's National Team

Summer Olympics SEBA Projection updates through August 13

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Updated SEBA projections for the women's soccer tournament at the Olympics.

Solo blasts Sweden ‘cowards’ as USA women bow out of Rio

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Outspoken USA women's goalkeeper Hope Solo labelled Sweden "cowards" after the world champions' bid for a fourth straight Olympic gold ended in quarter-final defeat.

Sweden progressed to their first ever Olympics semi-final 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Brasilia as Sweden coach Pia Sundhage ousted the US team she led to gold in 2008 and 2012.

Solo blasts Sweden ‘cowards’ as USA women bow out of Rio

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Outspoken USA women's goalkeeper Hope Solo labelled Sweden "cowards" after the world champions' bid for a fourth straight Olympic gold ended in quarter-final defeat.

Sweden progressed to their first ever Olympics semi-final 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Brasilia as Sweden coach Pia Sundhage ousted the US team she led to gold in 2008 and 2012.

Summer Olympics SEBA Projection updates through August 10

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Chris Sherman has updated SEBA projections for the USWNT at the Olympics.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The women's Olympic tournament highlights Tuesday's action, while the U.S. Open Cupcontinues with the first of two semifinals.

The U.S. Women's National Team finishes their group stage campaign against Colombia, as it vies for the top spot in Group G.

NBC scores 2.9 million viewers for USA-France women’s Olympic game

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NBCSN scored an impressive viewing audience average of 2.9 million people on Saturday for the US women's Olympic game between the United States and France.

The match, which was televised live on NBCSN from 4-6pm ET, outdrew the highest viewership in a Group Stage game for the US Men's National Team in the 2016 Copa America on FOX Sports 1 (2,061,000 viewers for the game against Paraguay).

NBC scores 2.9 million viewers for USA-France women’s Olympic game

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NBCSN scored an impressive viewing audience average of 2.9 million people on Saturday for the US women's Olympic game between the United States and France.

The match, which was televised live on NBCSN from 4-6pm ET, outdrew the highest viewership in a Group Stage game for the US Men's National Team in the 2016 Copa America on FOX Sports 1 (2,061,000 viewers for the game against Paraguay).

Summer Olympics SEBA Projection Updates through August 7

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Updated SEBA projections for the USWNT at the Olympic tournament in Brazil.

A Close One

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The USWNT took France's best shots, but clinched their place in the Olympic knockout stage with a 1-0 victory thanks to a strike from (who else?) Carli Lloyd. She now has 28 goals in her last 27 international games. You can't stop @CarliLloyd. You can't contain @CarliLloyd.#WNTRunTheWorldpic.twitter.

Summer Olympics SEBA Projection Updates through August 3

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Updated SEBA projections for the USWNT at the Summer Games.

NBCSN scores 1.3 million viewers for US women’s soccer game against New Zealand

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NBCSN netted 1.3 million viewers for the US women's soccer team's opening game of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

For the broadcast of Wednesday's game where the US women won 2-0 against New Zealand, the viewing figure is up 107% from the 2012 London Olympics opener when the United States played France (629,000 viewers).

NBCSN scores 1.3 million viewers for US women’s soccer game against New Zealand

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NBCSN netted 1.3 million viewers for the US women's soccer team's opening game of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

For the broadcast of Wednesday's game where the US women won 2-0 against New Zealand, the viewing figure is up 107% from the 2012 London Olympics opener when the United States played France (629,000 viewers).

Summer Olympics SEBA Projections

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The USWNT's Olympic run in Brazil begins this week. Chris Shermann has SEBA projections to the team and the tournament.

Groups named for men and women’s soccer teams in Rio Olympics

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Hosts Brazil will open their bid for a first Olympic men's football title against South Africa after Thursday's draw was made in the Maracana Stadium.

Brazil, three-time runners-up including in 2012, have won every title apart from the Olympics and are drawn in the same Group A as South Africa, Iraq and Denmark.

Groups named for men and women’s soccer teams in Rio Olympics

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Hosts Brazil will open their bid for a first Olympic men's football title against South Africa after Thursday's draw was made in the Maracana Stadium.

Brazil, three-time runners-up including in 2012, have won every title apart from the Olympics and are drawn in the same Group A as South Africa, Iraq and Denmark.

US women raise prospect of Olympic soccer boycott

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The United States women's soccer team could boycott the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro if demands to be paid the same as their male counterparts are not met, World Cup winner said.

Sauerbrunn, a member of the USA team that lifted the World Cup in Canada last year and a gold medal-winning veteran of the 2012 Olympics, told ESPN that players would not rule out the possibility of a boycott.

US women raise prospect of Olympic soccer boycott

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The United States women's soccer team could boycott the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro if demands to be paid the same as their male counterparts are not met, World Cup winner said.

Sauerbrunn, a member of the USA team that lifted the World Cup in Canada last year and a gold medal-winning veteran of the 2012 Olympics, told ESPN that players would not rule out the possibility of a boycott.

Argentina

Crisis-hit Argentina and holders Mexico exit Olympic football

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Crisis-hit Argentine football suffered another blow Wednesday when they were dumped out of the Olympics at the group stages by Honduras, whilst 2012 gold medallists Mexico were also sent packing.

Hosts Brazil hope to avoid the same fate as their eternal rivals later when they take on Denmark in Salvador needing to win to guarantee their place in the last eight.

Crisis-hit Argentina and holders Mexico exit Olympic football

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Crisis-hit Argentine football suffered another blow Wednesday when they were dumped out of the Olympics at the group stages by Honduras, whilst 2012 gold medallists Mexico were also sent packing.

Hosts Brazil hope to avoid the same fate as their eternal rivals later when they take on Denmark in Salvador needing to win to guarantee their place in the last eight.

No Messi in Argentina squad for Rio Olympics

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Argentina coach Gerardo Martino on Thursday named part of his squad for the Rio Olympics but superstar Lionel Messi was not included after being chosen for the Copa America instead.

The full list of 22 will be revealed in the coming days but not before Sunday's final of the Copa, where Argentina take on holders Chile.

Manchester United

Ibrahimovic To Miss Start Of United Season To Play In Olympics

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Manchester United target Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named in Sweden's provisional squad to take part at this summer's Rio Olympics. Ibrahimovic, who will sign for United after Euro 2016, has been named in the 35-man squad by coach Hakan Eriksson.

The Sweden Under 21 boss says the chances that Ibrahimovic will be part of the final squad are:

'not so great but there is still a hope'.

Photos: Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal wears sunglasses during Norwich game

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Louis van Gaal casually posing for some pre-match selfies at Carrow Road this afternoon.

Copa America

Neymar gets Barca go-ahead for Olympics, not Copa America

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Brazilian superstar Neymar was Friday given the go-ahead to play at the Olympics by his club Barcelona but was ordered not to take part in the Copa America, local media reported.

Brazil coach Dunga had been hoping to have the influential striker at both tournaments the Copa in the United States from June 3-26 and the Rio Olympics football tournament which runs from August 4-20.

Neymar gets Barca go-ahead for Olympics, not Copa America

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Brazilian superstar Neymar was Friday given the go-ahead to play at the Olympics by his club Barcelona but was ordered not to take part in the Copa America, local media reported.

Brazil coach Dunga had been hoping to have the influential striker at both tournaments the Copa in the United States from June 3-26 and the Rio Olympics football tournament which runs from August 4-20.

The Rest

Quand les Bons Gens Se Comportent Mal : L’Histoire d’Abby Wambach

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Abby Wambach est «l'enfant chérie» et «la femme d'affiche» pour des athlètes féminins et le football américain de femme. Non seulement elle mène l'équipe les USA la victoire la Coupe du monde de femme, elle a aussi gagné la récompense pour le Joueur Mondial FIFA de l'Année en 2012 et a aidé le.