Posted: 8/11/2012


         In 1908 at the London Olympics the first team sport competition was held, and Great Britain won the men's football gold medal, beating Denmark 2-0 at White City Stadium.

         This afternoon at Wembley Stadium EL TRI, the Olympic team of Mexico shocked the world with a gold medal performance and their only Olympic football medal of any kind in their history with a convincing feast of FIESTA FOOTBALL over the expected winners who failed to produce any SAMBA FOOTBALL and lost 2-1.  Mexico opened the score after just 27 seconds and NEVER LOOKED BACK.

         Of course Brazil are five time FIFA World Champions but have NEVER won Olympic gold. Their favoured Brazilian sisters went out early in the women's Olympic tournament but the men were expected to win the gold that has always eluded them. In front of a crowd of 86,162. ORIBE PERALTA of Santos Laguna sensationally opened the scoring after only 29 seconds.

         Rafael of Manchester United passed to Thiego Silva but it was intercepted by Javier Aquino who gave it to Peralta who shot past Gabriel inside the near post. The same player doubled the score on 74 minutes in a second half in which the South Americans fought back. However the Mexicans resisted with goalkeeper Jose Corona in top form. With one minute of added time on the clock substiute Hulk made it 2-1 but too late.

         The tournament attendance was announced as 1,525,134 which surpassed the Los Angeles 1984 total. Brazil had lost in the final in Los Angeles and again in Seoul in 1988, so the flag turned from green and gold to green and silver.

         EL TRI have had a great recent history winning the Pan-Am Games football gold in 2011 and the same year their U17' s won the FIFA World Cup for the second time at ESTADIO AZTECA. I was at the 1968 Olympic tournament in Azteca including my friend Dettmar Cramer coach unknown Japan to a bronze medal. Two years later I was in the same stadium for the best ever FIFA World Cup Final Brazil over Italy.

        I also want to say WELL DONE to English referee MARK CLATTENBURG who had a platinum match and kept the contest flowing and stood for no Latin nonsense.

        In the women's final, TEAM USA defeated Japan, the FIFA Womens World Cup winners 2-1 with a brace of goals from Carli Lloyd in front of a a record crowd of 80,000 at Wembley which also saw team Team GB defeat Brazil 1-0 in front of 70,000 a week ago.   We also had the unforgetable 4-3 USA-Canada semi-final at Old Trafford. Canada won bronze and will host the next FIFA World Cup in 2015.