Football

Tatical draw sees Japan through to play Brazil in women's football quarter-finals

By David Gold

Japans Karina_Maruyama__Zamandosi_Cele_of_South_AfricaJuly 31 - World champions Japan were held to a goalless draw by South Africa, meaning they will face Brazil in a mouth-watering London 2012 women's football quarter-final match.

Footballer is second Olympic athlete to be punished for posting racist Twitter remarks

By David Gold

Michel Morganella_30_JulyJuly 31 - Switzerland footballer Michel Morganella has been stripped of his Olympic accreditation after posting a racist message on social networking site Twitter.

World and European football champions Spain crash out of Olympics

By David Gold

Jerry Bengtson_29_JulyJuly 29 - There was a major shock in the Olympic men's football as Spain, who have dominated the international game in recent years, were sent crashing out after a second successive defeat.

Team GB women raise home spirits by reaching Olympic football quarter-finals

By Andrew Warshaw

Jill Scott_28_JulyJuly 28 - On a somewhat disappointing opening day of sport for the host nation, Team GB's women's football team – playing in their first ever Olympics – bucked the trend by doing their country proud to reach the quarter-finals along with gold medal contenders Brazil, who they play for top spot in Group E on Tuesday (July 31).

Moynihan disagrees with Blatter over Bale ban

By Andrew Warshaw

Tottenhams Gareth_BaleJuly 27 - British Olympic Association (BOA) chairman Colin Moynihan has played down suggestions by FIFA President Sepp Blatter that Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale could be banned for pulling out of the Olympics if there was an official complaint that he did so under false pretences.

Late Senegal goal denies Team GB glory at their first London 2012 match

By Andrew Warshaw at Old Trafford in Manchester

Ryan Giggs_and_Craig_Bellamy_26-07-12July 26 - On the eve of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony and more than half-a-century after their last appearance at the Olympic football tournament, Britain's men came within nine agonising minutes of pulling off an historic victory tonight but ultimately ran out of steam as party-poopers Senegal ruined Ryan Giggs' special night.

Japan deliver first shock of London 2012 men's football tournament with defeat over Spain

By David Gold

Yuki Otsu_26-07-12July 26 - Japan caused the first major shock of the men's Olympic football tournament as they stunned world and European champions Spain with a 1-0 victory at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

Cringeworthy football programme error heaps more red-faced humiliation on London 2012

By Andrew Warshaw at Old Trafford in Manchester

Joe Allen_26_JulyJuly 26 - It may not be have been as humiliating a gaffe as the North Korea flag incident at Hampden Park in Glasgow 24 hours earlier, but organisers of the Olympic football tournament had more red faces today when the official programme for Team GB listed Welsh midfielder Joe Allen as being English.

Defending Olympic champions bounce back to beat France in opening match

By David Gold

Rachel Buehler_of_USA_is_tackled_by_Marie-Laure_Delie_of_FranceJuly 25 - Reigning Olympic champions, the United States, were given an almighty scare by France in their opening match of defending their women's football title, but eventually came through to register a 4-2 win at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
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