Brazil vs Mexico London Olympics 2012 soccer final will be aired live on NBC. Millions of people in Brazil, Mexico and around the world are glued to their television sets and PCs to watch it, says Raaj Datta
Mexico will face Brazil in the final of the men’s soccer at the 2012 London Olympics on Saturday. Brazil is the favourite to win, but hasn’t so far shown the winning attitude and has clearly struggled in most of the matches.
For the Mexican soccer team, this is the first ever Olympic final and they are really playing well. They might not possess the flair as team Brazil does but the way they have kept their formation intact, it’s anything goes in the final. The closest Mexico has come to the top position in Olympics was in 1968 for the bronze medal which it lost to Japan 2-0.
Mexican coach Luis Fernando Tena sounded humble. He said that his team will have to play a perfect game to beat Brazil. He went as far as praising the Brazilian team saying he wouldn’t even try to point a weak point in their team.
Tena expects his team to have a lot of difficulty in the game to beat Brazil in the final.
As far the record book goes, Mexico beat Brazil the last time they played each other in a friendly match in the USA in June. Mexico beat Brazil 2-0 with the team roster almost similar. Since 1999, the Mexican team has pulled off 6 out of 12 matches against the Brazilian team. In fact, two matches resulted in a draw.
Brazil is definitely the favourite, but Mexico might pull off a surprise if the statistics are to be believed. Even if they suffer a loss, they will, for sure, go home with as heroes with the silver medal and their best Olympic performance so far. They have nothing to lose in this match.
Brazil, with so much riding on them, will be under a lot of pressure to perform. Silver will be a failure for the team which made the London Olympic gold as the top priority, with best players giving everything they can.
The last time Brazil came this close to the Olympics was in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The team lost to the Soviet Union, despite of the presence of Romario and Bebeto.
There will be one respite for Brazil though. Mexican player Giovani Dos Santos won’t be able to play in the finals. Santos is currently nursing his right hamstring from an injury in the semi-finals. Santos had scored 3 goals in this Olympics.
Brazil has won all the matches in the tournament and has managed 3 goals in each one. Brazil will walk into the Saturday final with its semi-final lineup which was against South Korea.
There was doubt over Brazil whether they could pull off a win, but the team held their cool and defeated South Korea 3-0.
The final will, however, leave nothing to speculation. Brazil is at its peak while the Mexicans too are at their best. Mexico played an impressive match in the semi-final against Japan and most likely, they will pull some aces up their sleeves at the final against Brazil. If Mexico really pulls it off, this will Brazil’s biggest upset of all time.
Where: Wembley Stadium, London, England
When: Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. EDT
Live Stream: NBC Olympics