Lets take a look at 10 players that are likely to light up the tournament. Some exciting young talents have made the list!
Let’s take a look at the 10 players who can really light up the football event at London Olympics 2012!
We are just a 3 days away from the start of 2012 Olympics and all eyes will be fixed on London, as the capital hosts the biggest sport event in the world. The men footballers kick off their campaign on 26th July, and a total of 16 teams will participate in the tournament. The final will be held at the famous Wembley Stadium on 11th August.
Most football fans are anxiously waiting for the club football season to start, and the Olympics football provides the perfect appetizer for the fans. Olympics football is mainly an Under-23 event, with only three over-23 players allowed in each squad.
Some of the most exciting young talents will battle it out in London for the all important Gold medal. Some popular names like Mata, Suarez, Ramirez, Hulk and Neymar are destined to shine at the Olympics.
Here are the 10 players to watch out for at the tournament!
Luis Suarez (Uruguay)
The 25 year old Liverpool striker will lead Uruguay’s national team at the Olympics. Suarez has troubled the best and most experienced defenders in the English Premier League, and he will relish this chance to take his country to Olympics glory. His recent international form has been phenomenal to say the least; he was the player of the tournament at the 2011 Copa América, and he scored a sensational hat-trick for Uruguay against Chile in the warm-up games to the Olympics. Suarez will be a constant threat to the defenders, and can make this tournament his own if he can control his emotions on the field.
Iker Munian (Spain)
The Athletic Bilbao star played a major role in guiding his club to the finals of Europa League last season. Muinian is mainly a left winger who likes to move inside and dribble towards the penalty box. He was extremely impressive against Manchester United in their tie against Europa League, where he constantly troubled the English Giants. Munian scored 9 goals and made 5 assists for Bilbao in the 2011/12 season. He hasn’t broken into Del Bosque’s starting XI yet, but the Olympics provide Munian a good chance to stake his claim for a role in the Spain senior team.
Javier Aquino (Mexico)
The Mexican winger can surprise many at the Olympics with his pace and his ability to fire in important crosses at crucial moments. The 22 year old, who plays for his native side Cruz Azul, made 7 assists in only 15 encounters for the Mexican side. The lightening quick, and pretty much unknown, winger will look to boost Mexico’s Olympics campaign where they have been handed a relatively easier group.
Edinson Cavani (Uruguay)
Cavani has been sensational for Napoli in the last two seasons, having racked up an impressive 33 goals in each of the last two seasons for the Italian side. The Uruguayan is in high demand, and has reportedly asked for an astronomical pay rise or else he would leave. Manchester City, Juventus and Chelsea are reportedly keen on signing him; however the Napoli chief, Aurelio De Laurentiis has slapped a price tag of €100 million for the clubs chasing his signature. Uruguay is one of the favorites to win the tournament, and Cavani along with Ramirez and Suarez could do some serious damage at the Olympics.
Ki Sung-Yueng (South Korea)
The Celtic midfielder will be South Korea’s key player in the midfield at the Olympics. The holding midfielder has been compared to Steven Gerrard of England, and the Olympics provide him a great platform to justify these comparisons. The 23 year old star has all the qualities to become a world class midfielder with good control of ball, good vision of passing and decent tackling. Having already earned 45 caps for South Korea, a strong performance for Ki Sung-Yeung at the Olympics could see his market price rise.
The 20 year old Internacional playmaker, Oscar will be competing with Ganso and Lucas Moura for a position in the starting XI. But Oscar is most likely to get the nod ahead of Ganso and Lucas, having played a starring role in the warm-up game against Great Britain. The Brazilian may not be as flamboyant as his teammate Neymar, but he is an intelligent player; comfortable in possession and quick under pressure. He came into prominence when he scored a hat-trick in U-20 World Cup final against Portugal in 2011. Chelsea are firm favorites to sign Oscar, but he will only decide his future after the Olympics.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)
Gabon is one of the lowest ranked teams at the Olympics, and most experts won’t give them any chance of going further than the first round. The 23 year old talismanic forward has had a fantastic season for club and country. He helped Gabon reach the quarter-finals of African Cup of Nations earlier this year, while he scored 16 times for Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1. Aubameyang will be Gabon’s major threat at the London Olympics, and the hopes of this nation lies on the shoulders of this young man.
Javi Martinez (Spain)
Javi Martinez is all set to play a key role for La Roja at the London Olympics. Martinez has impressed for Athletic Bilbao over the past few seasons, and is now linked with a move to FC Barcelona. However Bilbao is unwilling to sell him at anything less than his buy-out clause of €40 million. Martinez is a defensive midfielder who can shift into the role of center back if needed, as he did regularly under Bilbao manager, Marcelo Bielsa. Juan Mata and Martinez are two of the most experienced players in the squad, and they will look to continue Spain’s dominance in world football.
Gaston Ramirez (Uruguay)
The third Uruguayan on the list, Bologna’s Gaston Ramirez will be looking to link up with Cavani and Suarez to help Uruguay clinch the Gold medal at the Olympics. The 21 year old playmaker has attracted attention from virtually all top European clubs. Ramirez has had a great season for Bologna, scoring 8 goals and making 4 assists for the Italian outfit. Ramirez would be looking to use his creativity in the midfield to provide the perfect final ball for Suarez and Cavani, while he also has the ability and skill to find the net a few times himself as well.
Santos star Neymar, 19 years old, has taken the football world by storm and has been likened to reigning FIFA player of the year Lionel Messi. Such has been his impact on world football that the Brazilian Legend Pele has rated him higher than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as a footballer, so early in his career. Neymar has a chance with Brazil to justify the hype surrounding him by showcasing his talent and skills to the world at the Olympics. He’s been linked with European Giants Barcelona and Real Madrid for more than a year now, and finishing this tournament as the top scorer can cement his position as the most exciting young talent to watch out in world football.
Other players that could have easily made the list include the Brazilian trio of Lucas Moura, Ganso and Hulk, Spain’s Juan Mata and Jordi Alba, Great Britain’s Micah Richards and Joe Allen and Mexcio’s Giovani dos Santos.
Who is your pick for the 10 players to watch out for at the London Olympics?
Note: The names of the selected 10 players are in no particular order.