Before the Olympic soccer tournaments began I made predictions of who I thought would medal.
Men’s Olympics (picks made on July 24, 2012):
Women’s Olympics (picks made on July 24, 2012):
Each women and men’s team has each played two matches and have one more game in the group stage to go. Right now my picks for the women’s tournament are on track, but my pick for the men’s competition is all wrong.
My gold medal pick Spain is out of medal contention after a pair of 1-0 losses to Japan and Honduras. Even though it’s an U-23 tournament this is a huge surprise. Spain won Euro U-21 in 2011 and Euro U-19 earlier this month. They brought their stacked youth squad to the Olympics and included senior national team players in Jordi Alba, Javi Martinez and Juan Mata.
My silver medal pick Uruguay beat U.A.E. 2-1 and lost to Senegal 2-0. Senegal played the last hour of the match a man down, but held experienced strikers Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani off the scoresheet. Uruguay must beat Great Britain in Cardiff on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals.
The men’s Brazil team defeated Egypt and Belarus and clinched a spot in the quarterfinals.
On the women’s side, the USA, Japan and Brazil will be in the quarterfinals. For each team the last group match is significant for seeding.