On Wednesday, Aug. 1, Great Britain and Uruguay will hit the pitch for their men's Group A Olympic soccer match at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
According to Rick Zuckerman of NBCOlympics.com, 2012 is Great Britain's first Olympic appearance since 1960. The host nation hasn't even tried to qualify since 1972. Team GB's soccer résumé includes two gold medals between the 1908 and 1912 games.
Uruguay find themselves in a similar situation. It's been 84 years since La Celeste last relished in Olympic hardware, clinching gold in the 1924 and 1928 games, per ESPN.com.
Where: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
When: Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2:45 P.M. EDT
Live stream: NBC Sports Network
Great Britain's Early Match Schedule
July 20: Friendly Match vs. Brazil: 0-2 Loss
July 26, 3:00 P.M. EDT: vs. Senegal: 1-1 Draw
July 29, 2:45 P.M. EDT: vs. United Arab Emirates: 3-1 Win
Great Britain started off their 2012 Olympic journey in a friendly against one of the elite: Brazil. It was merely an exhibition loss against a top contender, but it prepped the team for the road ahead.
In their opening Olympic match on July 26, Team GB was in a stalemate against Senegal. Three days later, the squad showed its strength against the United Arab Emirates, pulling out a 3-1 victory.
Uruguay's Early Match Schedule
July 11: Friendly Match vs. Chile: 6-4 Win
July 15: Friendly Match vs. Panama: 2-0 Win
July 26, 12:00 P.M. EDT: vs. United Arab Emirates: 2-1 Win
July 29, 12:00 P.M. EDT: vs. Senegal: 0-2 Loss
After defeating Chile and Panama in the pre-Olympic friendly matches, Uruguay seemed to have a have mustered up a head of steam.
The team edged out the United Arab Emirates in their first Olympic contest. But on July 29, the Senegalese team derailed Uruguay in a stunning 0-2 triumph.
Both sides have a history of Olympics success—albeit an ancient history of success.
Great Britain is a very talented soccer team, but Uruguay's downfield firepower will be tough to restrain. The results against the United Arab Emirates and Senegal should act as a barometer for the outcome of their August 1 match.
Although, it's a different ball game, and Great Britain would advance to the elite eight with a tie (cites ESPN.com).
With Uruguay's backs against the wall, Great Britain falls short in a 3-2 nail-biter.
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