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12 Aug 2012
London 2012 , IOC News , Football , Mexico

Crowds flock to high-standard Football - London 2012 - Football

The standard of Football delivered by London 2012 was so high Brazil's wait for that elusive first Olympic triumph continues despite their strong team after Mexico took men's gold.

Large attendances everywhere proved the enduring popularity of the sport and record numbers of people watched women's Football as the sport was given greater exposure by the Games.

Brazil's men's squad is likely to be the bedrock of their country's bid for World Cup glory on home soil in two years' time and the likes of Neymar, Hulk and Oscar did not disappoint fans.

But Mexico secured gold with a deserved win at Wembley yesterday.

Spain and Uruguay both failed to make the knockout round as Republic of Korea edged Japan in the men's bronze-medal match.

Women's Football opened the Games as Great Britain took on New Zealand in Cardiff 48 hours before the Cauldron was lit at the stunning Opening Ceremony.

As the competition progressed, players used to appearing in front of hundreds of people were cheered on by tens of thousands.

More than 70,000 people watched Great Britain defeat Brazil at Wembley - more than watched the men's team beat Uruguay the following day.

And it was not just a Host Nation audience, when the United States beat Japan to win gold on Thursday the crowd of 80,203 was an Olympic record.

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