History is being made at Wembley tonight
Although men’s football has been included in every Olympic Games except 1896 and 1932 women’s football was not included in the Olympics until the 1996 Atlanta Games.
The USA has made it to the final in all the preveious four Olympic Games, winning the gold medal three times.
Yet again the USA have made it to the final. For London 2012 the USA are facing Japan. This match comes a year after Japan unexpectedly won the World Cup by dramatically beating the United States on penalties.
Womens football has come a long way and gained many supporters. More than 70,000 watched Britain’s group match with Brazil at Wembley; at the time a record crowd for a woman’s football match anywhere in Britain.
Thursday’s final is expected to break that and set a new Olympic attendance record playing to a 83,000-capacity crowd.
Women’s results from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_at_the_Summer_Olympics#Women.27s_tournament
|Year||Host||Final||Third place match|
|Winner||Score||Runner-up||3rd place||Score||4th place|
|1996 Details||Atlanta||United States||2 – 1||China||Norway||2 – 0||Brazil|
|2000 Details||Sydney||Norway||3 – 2 asdet||United States||Germany||2 – 0||Brazil|
|2004 Details||Athens||United States||2 – 1 aet||Brazil||Germany||1 – 0||Sweden|
|2008 Details||Beijing||United States||1 – 0 aet||Brazil||Germany||2 – 0||Japan|
Want to hold your own sporting party?
Maybe pretend to be in a mixed mens and womens football team?