from July 27 to August 12
Two teams will 11 players each, a ball and the use of any part of the body except the hands and arms. The objective is to score goals and avoid conceding them. This is the basic concept of soccer, the most popular sport in the world.
In the men’s competition, only U-23 teams with three “reinforcements” above that age can participate. Great Britain, Hungary, and the US are the top medalists with three medals each.
They will be protagonists at the Olympic Games
Stars that made history in the Olympic Games
Brazilian and american champion, three-time São Paulo state champion, the 20-year old has already more than 100 goals and is compared to Lionel Messi.
Only woman to have placed foot on the Maracana Hall of Fame, the athlete is the great hope to Brazil reach the gold medal, after two silver medals in a row.
With four goals, he was the star of the team in the Sydney Games. Alongside Samuel Eto'o, he helped the team win its first gold medal in the country's history.
Gold medalist in Atlanta and Athens, and silver medalist in Sydney, Mia Hamm was named the best player in the world in 2001 and 2002.