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21st-Jul-2012 05:20 pm - Stuck post
I think I have a post stuck in a moderation queue from a couple of weeks ago on this LJ. Can someone please fix it for me cosit's stopping me posting anything with links?
This afternoon, I went to see Japan's second Olympics warm-up game this week at Nottingham Forest's City Ground, and Mexico gave them a much better game than Belarus did earlier in the week. Both teams showed real flare in attack and produced some exciting football.

I must admit I was a little worried in the opening minute that it was going to be a bit of a slaughter when Japan scored against a Mexican defence that hadn't yet got to grips with the pace of the game. But Mexico rallied well and equalised with a belter of a goal just before half time.

The crowd was more equal as well, with roughly half and half noisy Japanese and noisy Mexicans, compared with not a Belarus fan in sight earlier in the week. The attendance was 2720, well up on the 800 that watched the Belarus game.

When the second half got a little scrappy, the Mexicans lived up to their name and started a Mexican wave, but as the crowd were only along one side of the ground it soon petered out. So they tried again, maybe on the vain hope that it would somehow find its way round the three empty sides, but it didn't, so they gave up.

As the second half progressed, both sides were clearly hoping for a winner, and both had their chances, but it was Japan who took the spoils with a late goal curled into to the top corner.

Both these teams look like they will be tough to beat when the tournament starts proper next week.
18th-Jul-2012 03:50 pm - Olympics warm-up
I went to see Belarus v Japan today in an Olympic warm-up match at Nottingham Forest's City Ground.

Japan finished 1-0 up, and they deserved to win. At times their midfield was running rings round the Belarus midfield. Both teams created chances though, but the finishing all round was poor.

Japan's winner was late in the second half, and a good goal. This briefly spurred Belarus into their best spell.

Not a great match, but good value for a fiver. The crowd was just short of 800, mostly Japanese.

Mexico and Japan have a friendly there on Saturday, so I might give that a go as well.
26th-Aug-2011 07:16 am - Rio 2016 Unveiling!!

Breaking news: Rio 2016 Olympic Park plan unveiled!
London 2012 celebrates one year to go
27 Jul 2011

With one year to go until the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, preparations are on track and London’s vision to host a Games that inspires the world is set to become reality.

The Games next year will mark the end of a decade-long project, after London won the bid in 2005 based on a vision to stage Games that would have athletes at its heart, inspire young people and be a catalyst for lasting change.

London is on track to deliver on these promises and lay the foundations for significant social, sporting and economic legacies.

London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) Chair Seb Coe said: 'With a year to go we are inviting the athletes, spectators and visitors from around the world to come to the UK next summer – it’s ‘London Calling’. Waiting for them will be a spectacular festival of sport and culture in the world’s greatest city, which will be more magical and vibrant than ever.

'There is much to do in the next 12 months, but we can take huge comfort in the progress that has been made so far. We are absolutely on track and determined to stage Olympic and Paralympic Games which will deliver on the promises we made in Singapore, inspire the athletes and make the nation proud.'

On track for 2012

A number of significant milestones have been achieved:

More than 3.5 million tickets have been sold so far, setting the scene for full venues at Games time and a sensational atmosphere for competing athletes
A quarter of a million people have applied to volunteer and interviews are now taking place to fill up to 70,000 roles
The initial route for the Olympic Torch Relay has been announced, with details of the Torch design also unveiled
International Inspiration has delivered on its promise of reaching 12 million children worldwide with one year to go to the Games.

Read the rest here.
27th-Jul-2011 10:06 am - ONE YEAR TO GO!!!!

Olympic Games 27 July-12 Aug 2012

366 Days to go

Also, they're doing a special tweet thing today if you are on twitter. Check it out here:

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