How Olympics Soccer Betting Works
Sixteen teams from all across the world qualified for the men's Olympic soccer tournament. Men's soccer does not permit players over the age of 23 to participate. Each team is allowed an exception for three players who are allowed to play with their respective squads. Most nations do not send their top-flight players to the Olympics, knowing that this tournament comes at a time where the biggest names are getting their breather from their normal domestic club play.
The 16 teams are broken down into four groups of four teams. Each team will play the other three teams in their respective groups. Each match is 90 minutes long, and there is no extra time. Wins are awarded three points, while draws are awarded one point. The top two performers from those foursomes will go on to play in the knockout rounds of the tournament. The winner of each group will play against the runner-up of another group. From there, the teams engage in single elimination matches featuring extra time if need be to determine a winner. If the two teams are still level after 120 minutes, a five-round penalty shootout will determine who advances.
There are a few minor deviations with the women's tournament. There are no age restrictions at the Olympics for the women's game, and this is considered a premier tournament for sure. Furthermore, only 12 teams qualify for the Olympic tournament. Teams finishing in first and second as well as two of the third place teams will all get out of the group stage and play in the single elimination rounds.
The men's side of the Olympics draw is always awkward. Typical powerhouses don't usually show well at the Summer Games. Teams like Germany and Argentina are more concerned with winning Euro 2016 and Copa America respectively, and their younger squads aren't given nearly as much time and attention as the youth squads for some of the smaller, less notable countries.
Brazil though, will still have some pressure turned on it for sure, especially if Copa America doesn't go well in June. The Brazilians were runners-up in this tournament in 2012 and took the bronze medals in 2008 in Beijing.
The last time a European team won the Olympics was in 1992 when Spain proved victorious in Barcelona. Since then, Nigeria, Cameroon, Argentina (twice) and Mexico were the winners of the gold medals.
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Don't just go assuming that the United States is going to win the Olympic gold medal as it did at the World Cup just last year. The Stars and Stripes have a very difficult group to try to get out of against New Zealand, France and Colombia. A very good team is going to get left out of the knockout rounds.
Still, the history here suggests that the Americans are assured of at least some medals. They've never done worse than silver in the five years which women's soccer was an Olympic discipline, including taking gold medals in three straight Olympic Games.
If there's a concern though, it's that Brazil will want a much better performance than it has had of late. The team only made the quarterfinals in the Olympics in 2012 and that parlayed with a very disappointing Round of 16 exit from the World Cup this year has turned up the pressure on Marta and company to perform better on the home stage at the Summer Olympics.
The Summer Olympics come around every four years. Sports betting fans only tend to see the final product, but there's a huge amount of trials and qualifying efforts which athletes and teams have to run through as well. This year, the Summer Games will be held in Brazil with Rio de Janeiro as the host city.
The fast-approaching Rio de Janeiro Olympics are going to provide some strong betting opportunities. Some of the notable events include Soccer, Volleyball, Golf, Tennis, Metal Count, swimming, basketball, boxing, and track and field.
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Bookmaker.eu has over/under’s available on the number of gold medals that various countries will win. For example, Over/under for the United States is expected to finish with more gold medals than any other country.
The Americans, who finished second in the medal count to China last year, have an over/under of 38.5 and Russia rounds out the third most highest gold medal count at over/under 25.5.
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