Gold eludes Brazil again

London Olympics 2012
Gold eludes Brazil again
Romario couldn’t do it, Bebeto couldn’t do it, Rivaldo couldn’t do it, Ronaldinho couldn’t do it. Neither could Brazil’s latest poster boy Neymar. The weight of history proved far too much for Mano Menezes’s young Selecao and their dreams of Olympic gold crumpled to dust on the picture-perfect Wembley turf on Saturday.
Mexico were their latest conquerors, as two goals from the dynamic Oribe Peralta saw them

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Mexico-Brazil final a pointer to the future?

Deep inside the Wembley Stadium on Tuesday, following Mexico’s comprehensive victory over Japan in the Olympic semifinals, a group of journalists were working while the TV beamed images from Old Trafford. Brazil had looked streaky at the start, as they cleared two South Korean attacks off the line but just as they scored their second goal through the prolific forward

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Quirkiness the charm of Olympic football

“He is a lizard,” spits the beefy gentleman sitting a few rows over from the press tribunes. It’s a cold, wet summer afternoon at an almost full Wembley, and the atmosphere is surprisingly raucous at the home of football. Mexican waves do the business and boos ring out every time a wiry player in a blue shirt gets a touch of the ball. The player is Luis Suarez

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