Category: Olympics

Germany’s Olympic gold-medal trio make FIFA shortlist

Zurich (AFP) – Three members of Germany’s women’s Olympic gold medal winning football team were on Thursday named on the shortlist for FIFA’s Best Female Player of 2016. Bayern Munich midfielders Melanie Behringer and Sara Dabritz, and Lyon midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan were among a shortlist of ten.  The list also includes last year’s winner Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash) of the United States and Brazilian star Marta (Rosengard), who has won the award five times. France’s Camille Abily and Amandine Henry, who both played last season for French club Lyon, who achieved the triple of the women’s Champions League, French league ... Read more

Five things we learned from Rio men’s football

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Five things we learned from the men’s football tournament at Rio 2016: – Olympic football matters Often looked down upon in Europe, football is a cornerstone of the Olympics for many countries in South America and Africa. Aided by hosts Brazil’s run to a first Olympic gold, a dramatic penalty shootout final win against Germany was played out in front of the biggest crowd of the whole Games as 78,000 crammed into the iconic Maracana. Tellingly, it was also the most treasured medal of an at times troublesome Olympic experience for the hosts. Even the ... Read more

Olympic football gold only medal that counts for Brazil fans

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazil won the entire Olympics — or so it felt for fans dancing in the streets after Neymar fired the winning penalty for football gold. Drivers of cars and trucks hooted and crowds in countless bars across the city screamed in a Saturday night delight. At one open-air bar along Rio’s iconic Copacabana seafront, every man, woman and child leapt from their seats, hugging, pouring beer and, because this is Brazil, dancing samba between the tables and on the sidewalk. “The champions are back, the champions are back!” they chanted. Even after two weeks of ... Read more

Neymar’s nerves of steel hand Brazil first football gold

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Neymar struck the winning penalty as Brazil claimed a first ever Olympic football gold medal with victory over Germany on penalties at Rio’s Maracana. The 5-4 shoot-out win exacted revenge for a humiliating 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany two years ago. Olympic gold was the only major title to have escaped five-time world champions Brazil in their history. But Barcelona star Neymar righted that historical wrong as he fired the winning penalty into the top corner before breaking into tears. “This is one of the best things that have happened in my life,” ... Read more

Brazil-Germany football final goes to penalties

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazil’s quest for a first ever football Olympic gold medal will be decided on penalties after a 1-1 draw with world champions Germany. Barcelona star Neymar’s stunning first-half free-kick had the hosts headed for gold. However, Germany captain Max Meyer equalised on 59 minutes and, despite Brazil’s dominance, they couldn’t find the winner in 30 minutes of extra-time.

‘Lightning bolt’ Neymar gives Brazil half-time lead

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Neymar gave Brazil a 1-0 lead over Germany at half-time in their Olympic Games men’s football gold medal match on Saturday. The Barcelona star curled in a 27th-minute free-kick at the Maracana and celebrated by performing Usain Bolt’s trademark ‘Lightning Bolt’ pose, in honour of the star sprinter who was watching in the stands. Germany were unlucky to be behind having twice hit the crossbar.

Brazil v Germany Olympic football final starting line-ups

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Starting line-ups for the Rio 2016 men’s football final between Brazil and Germany at the Maracana stadium in Rio on Saturday (2030 GMT kick-off): Brazil (4-2-3-1) Weverton; Zeca, Marquinhos, Rodrigo Caio, Douglas Santos; Walace, Renato Augusto; Gabriel Barbosa, Luan, Gabriel Jesus; Neymar (capt) Germany (4-2-3-1) Timo Horn; Jeremy Toljan, Matthias Ginter, Niklas Suele, Lukas Klostermann; Sven Bender, Lars Bender; Julian Brandt, Max Meyer (capt), Serge Gnabry; Davie Selke

Five things we learned from Rio Olympics women’s football

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Five things we learned from the women’s football tournament at Rio 2016: – Brazil finally gets women’s football Women’s football opened the Olympics in underwhelming circumstances with barely a few hundred spectators attending the opening match between Sweden and South Africa at Rio’s 60,000 Olympic stadium. However, inspired by the hosts’ positive start, Brazil finally seemed to warm to the female form of the national game. In particular, Brazil’s hero Marta and Co. enjoyed massive crowds for their matches. Even after Brazil had been knocked out, Friday’s final attracted an attendance well in excess of ... Read more