Excited about the 2012 Olympic soccer tournament?

 

Me neither, but a reminder if you are Europe-based to get your ticket applications in by midnight on Tuesday GMT. With all those big stadia unlikely to sell out at once, further sales are probable.

 

Games are taking place at Wembley, Old Togel Singapore Trafford, St James Park, Hampden Park, the Millennium Stadium and Coventry’s Ricoh Arena between July 25th and August 11th 2012.

 

Brazil and Uruguay have made it through the men’s South American qualifiers; CONMEBOL nations traditionally treat Olympic football more seriously than other federations’ teams. The top three finishers (excluding England) of the UEFA Euro U21 tournament in Denmark in June will secure berths too.

 

Once more the women’s tournament, only in existence since 1996, should be the more important, on a par with the FIFA Women’s World Cup in quality because there are no age restrictions. Brazil, Germany and the US are the current leaders in the women’s game, yet Japan have risen to fourth in the world rankings, while England recently beat No.1-ranked USA 2-1 in London.

 

The 2012 tournament will be historically significant as the participating host nation – Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is not a FIFA nation. Following the outcry from the other home nations, the UK’s teams are set to be purely English.

 

  1. League picks up the pieces after quake

 

Five weeks after a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused widespread destruction in Japan’s northern Miyagi Prefecture, the J. League finally resumes with five Round 7 games taking place on April 23.

 

Foremost among them is the clash between Kawasaki Frontale and Vegalta Sendai, with Sendai the city closest to the epicentre of the earth-shattering quake which struck on March 11.

 

Sunday’s big clash sees Urawa Reds host defending champions Nagoya Grampus, with all matches taking place in the afternoon as the J. League does its part to conserve energy.

 

Rounds 2 to 6 will be completed at a later date.

 

Round 7 fixtures:April 23

 

Kashima Antlers vs Yokohama F. Marinos (National Stadium)

Omiya Ardija vs Kashiwa Reysol (Nack5 Stadium)

Kawasaki Frontale vs Vegalta Sendai (Todoroki Stadium)

Ventforet Kofu vs Vissel Kobe (Yamanashibank Stadium)

Shimizu S-Pulse vs Avispa Fukuoka (Outsourcing Nihondaira Stadium)

 

April 24

 

Montedio Yamagata vs Cerezo Osaka (ND Soft Stadium)

Albirex Niigata vs Jubilo Iwata (Tohoku Den Stadium)

Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Gamba Osaka (Hiroshima Big Arch)

Urawa Reds vs Nagoya Grampus (Saitama Stadium)

 

 

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