South Korea and Switzerland contest Group B withi

Gabon, Mexico, Columbia and Switzerland contest Group B within the Olympics 2012 men’s football tournament.

Group B in the Olympics 2012 men’s football features Gabon, Mexico, Columbia and Switzerland. Switzerland finished runner-up within this tournament in 1924 when they lost to Uruguay in the final. Mexico were built with a fourth place once they were the host nation in 1968. Apart from those, none of these have reached the semi-finals.

The winner of Group B will have the runner-up in Group A in the quarter finals and also the runner up in Group B will play the winner of Group A, both on Saturday 4th August 2012.

Gabon

This is going to be Gabon’s first time in the Olympics and they qualified by winning the CAF U23 tournament despite losing their opening match to Egypt and drawing their second game with Nigeria. Wins against the Ivory Coast and Senegal saw them through. They are nicknamed the Young Panthers and team coach is Claude-Albert Mbourounot.

Mexico

As well his or her fourth place in 1968, Mexico also reached the quarter finals in 1972 and 1996. In qualifying, they won all five of their Concacaf Championship matches. Top scorer Alan Pulido is a handful for opposition defences. Team coach is Luis Fernando Tena and they’re nicknamed El Tri.

South Korea

South Korea were unbeaten in qualifying, winning five and drawing three, and will also be their ninth appearance in the Olympics, though they have never got past the quarter final stage. Nicknamed the Taeguk Warriors, they’re coached by Hong Myung-Bo.

Switzerland

Switzerland qualified by reaching the ultimate of last year’s Uefa U21 Championship, a final they lost to Spain. This is the very first time they’ve reached this stage for 84 years. A number of their players though have already tasted victory after the country won this year’s Fifa U17 World Cup. They are nicknamed Schweizer Nati and the coach is Pierluigi Tami.

More on this topic

    Olympics 2012: Men’s Football: Group A Preview and FixturesThe Group Stage from the 2010 FIFA World Cup2010 Fifa World Cup: Group H Preview and Fixtures

    Olympics 2012 Men’s Group B Fixtures

    Here would be the fixtures for Group B; match times are in British Summer season:

      26th July 14.30 Mexico v Columbia at St James’ Park26th July 17.15 Gabon v Switzerland at St James’ Park29th July 14.30 Gabon v Mexico at the Ricoh Arena29th July 17.15 Columbia v Switzerland at the Ricoh Arena1st August 17.00 Mexico v Switzerland in the Millennium Stadium1st August 17.00 Gabon v South Korea at Wembley

    The Venues in Group B

    St James’ Park may be the home of Premiership club Newcastle United. The 52,000 capacity stadium was opened in 1892 and was expanded in 2000. Because of sponsorship, it’s also referred to as Sports Direct Arena.

    Wembley Stadium in London may be the home from the England national team. It had been originally opened in 1923 and noted for its iconic twin towers. That stadium though was demolished in 2003 and also the new 90,000 capacity stadium with its modern 134m high arch was opened in 2007.

    The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff was opened in 1999 and is the Welsh national stadium. It has a capacity of 74,000 and it was also used as the English national stadium while Wembley had been rebuilt.

    Also known as the Town of Coventry Stadium, the Ricoh Arena is the home of Coventry City, who have been recently relegated towards the third tier of English football. The 32,6000 capacity stadium was opened in 2005. For all those seeing a game, it might be worth trying a number of Coventry's real ale pubs and bars.

    Football Betting Odds for Group B

    The bookmakers fancy Switzerland to win Group B with early odds of either 6/5 or 13/10. The audience though looks tight with Mexico a little way behind on 13/8 after which Columbia on 11/2. Gabon aren’t fancied with likelihood of 7/1 or 8/1.

    Other Group Previews

    Men’s Group A Preview: The uk, Senegal, Uae and UruguayMen’s Group C Preview: Belarus, Brazil, Egypt and New ZealandMen’s Group D Preview: Honduras, Japan, Morocco and SpainWomen’s Group E Preview: Brazil, Cameroon, The uk and New ZealandWomen’s Group F Preview: Canada, Japan, Nigeria and SwedenWomen’s Group G Preview: Columbia, France, North Korea and the USA

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