Paul Gough – Betting Zone, 8/3/2012
Brazil will never get a better chance to finally end their Olympic jinx and win a long overdue first men’s football gold medal with the record five-time World Cup winners now odds-on favourites to take out the men’s tournament at the London Games.
The knockout stages of the tournament get underway on Friday with the women’s quarter-finals, followed by the men’s quarter finals on Saturday.
And following the shock elimination of reigning World and European champions Spain from the tournament in the group stages, Brazil seemingly have the men’s tournament at their mercy.
The South American giants might have won the most World Cups in history with five but they are yet to win Olympic gold, having finished with the bronze medal in Beijing four years ago as well as bronze in 1996 and silver at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.