Do the Olympics Mata? Of course they do!


With only 2 weeks to go to the biggest sporting event held in the UK since Euro 96, the London Olympics bandwagon has been gathering pace and the football tournament will be one of the most hotly contested of any Olympic football tournament previous.

Here at FPL Dugout we will endeavour to bring you the latest information on the tournament and how that will affect our own Fantasy Premier League (FPL) squad thinking.

As most of the squads have been named and Fantasy Premier League ready to launch at anytime now, we must factor these thoughts into picking our teams as nobody wants anything other than 15 ready to go players come August 18th.

Here is a run down of players involved in the Olympic squads and the teams they affect:

Brazil

Rafael – Man United
Sandro – Spurs

Great Britain

Ryan Bertrand – Chelsea
Steven Caulker – Spurs
Craig Dawson – West Brom
Micah Richards – Man City
Neil Taylor – Swansea
James Tomkins – West Ham
Joe Allen – Swansea
Tom Cleverley – Man United
Jack Cork – Southampton
Ryan Giggs – Man United
Aaron Ramsay – Arsenal
Scott Sinclair – Swansea
Danny Rose – Spurs
Craig Bellamy – Liverpool
Daniel Sturridge – Chelsea

Honduras

Maynor Figueroa – Wigan

Mexico

Giovani Dos Santos – Spurs

New Zealand

Ryan Nelsen – QPR
Chris Wood – West Brom

Senegal

Magaye Gueye – Everton

South Korea

Ji Dong Won – Sunderland
Park Chu Young – Arsenal

Spain

David De Gea – Man Utd
Juan Mata – Chelsea
Oriel Romeu – Chelsea

Switzerland

Benjamin Siegrist – Aston Villa
Pajtim Kasami – Fulham

Uruguay

Sebastien Coates – Liverpool
Luis Suarez – Liverpool

So it all kicks off on the 26th of July with the group stages finishing on August 1st after each team has played 3 matches.

There will be 3 days seperating each knock out round with the Quarter Finals to be played on the 4th, Semi’s on the 7th and the Final on the 11th at Wembley, incidentally one day before the Community Shield.

A few points to note were Senegal’s decision not to select Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba. This is a huge relief for the Geordie faithful and a lot of fantasy managers ready to stake a whole load of cash on Newcastle’s prolific number 9.

Juan Mata is also a point of discussion as he was a part of Spain’s Euro success and now joining the Olympic squad will seriously boost his chances of being rested for Chelsea’s early season games.

Liverpool’s attack is also worth a mention. With Luis Suarez representing Uruguay and Andy Carroll having travelled to Eastern Europe this summer, and with persistent rumours linking him with a loan move from anywhere from the glamorous AC Milan to err West Ham, you have to wonder what the attacking line up will look like at Anfield next season.

If media reports are correct ex-Chelsea youngster Fabio Borini could be the answer having previously worked under Rodgers at Swansea, scoring 6 goals in 9 outings for the Swans.

With the tournament a fortnight away the excitement is building and managers from all around the globe will be scouting the world’s best talent.

Fantasy managers will surely have one eye on the tournament and more than a glance at the pre-season friendlies as they try to hit the new Premier League season running.