The 2012 Summer Olympics will play host to some of the ideal soccer players and teams in the world, yet there are several teams who we wish were competing in London as well.
The Olympics are a young man’s game, and most athlete are under the age of 30 across the Games. The soccer component will continue this trend, as each country is only granted to have three players who were born before January 1, 1989 on their roster.
This makes for an exciting change in international soccer, as the Olympic Games force teams to rely on youth, rather than experience.
This key change sets the Olympic stage apart from the World Cup and Euro Cup, making the event truly unique.
The youth rule also follows in the Olympic spirit, as it grants countries who could not succeed in the World Cup to compete. Countries such as Gabon and Belarus will be fighting in the Olympic Games, yet they would not stand a chance in the World Cup. In fact, neither of those countries has ever qualified for the World Cup.
However, some fans dispute this allowance of unknowns into the competition. The age rule hurts many European powerhouses. Some soccer fans question whether or not an international competition without some of the dominant countries competing is worth watching.
While it is good to have a competition that is different than the World Cup because the spectacle would lose its glory if the Olympics was exactly the same, these countries should still be competing in the London Games.
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