London 2012 promises to be an exciting Olympics. Especially the men's football tournament as it yields some very special players. Here are the players to look out for come July 26th.
An unknown quantity to those that take a blind eye to Serie A football. Ramirez is a star of the future for Uruguay. He currently plays his football for Italian side Bologna but he is linked with Liverpool and Manchester United week-in-week-out. Major links with the big Italian clubs have also raised their heads. He scored some spectacular goals last season and Serie A fans are hoping he decides to join a big Italian club over a club in England. A very special player that looks to make a name for himself at the Olympics.
A major player for Gabon at the last African Cup of Nations. However his domestic career hasn't really started yet. He failed to make a name for himself at Milan and three loan spells in France left him as a fully-fledged reserve for the Rossoneri. He now applies his trade with Saint-Etienne and has been since 2011. His international career is far more impressive and if he plays anything like he can do, Gabon will do well to get out of Group B. Another young exciting player that deserves some time on the big stage.
Since last season's Europa League, everyone now knows Athletic Bilbao's Iker Muniain. He impressed Europe throughout the tournament but especially against Manchester United, where he showed them what they're missing. Although Muniain may find it difficult to break the Spanish first XI, he'll have no trouble getting into the Olympic side. Bilbao will do their best to keep him in Basque Country but every player would love a move to Barcelona or Madrid. Muniain is in the Spain squad with Javi Martinez and Juan Mata but he looks to be the player to watch.
Neymar and co.
Of cause everyone will be looking forward to watching Neymar but Brazil host an array of talent. The likes of Great Britain and Uruguay will be worried about the vast assortment of talent that the Samba Boys have. Danilo, Lucas Moura, Romulo, Oscar, Ganso and Leandro Damiao are the most exciting young Brazilian players in the squad. Not forgetting Santos 'keeper Rafael and Inter defender Juan (Not to be mistaken for Roma's veteran defender). They really do have a scary amount of talent that look to be the favourites to win the tournament.
Giovanni dos Santos
An enigma of sorts, dos Santos has never been a key player in domestic football. But for Mexico he turns on the style and becomes a completely different player. He's impressed in major tournaments before, most notably the Gold Cup where he scored some fantastic goals. It's a shame international football is so different and that dos Santos can't perform at this standard for a domestic club. He'll be a great outlet for Mexico as he has pace, skill and a crossing ability on both wings. Not forgetting he can score a goal or too.
Pajtim Kasami, David de Gea and Marco Fabian also deserve a mention. Kasami has fitted in well since his arrival at Fulham and he looks to claim a first team place in both Fulham's team and Switzerland's national side. David de Gea looks to be the best goalkeeper going to London 2012. The only 'keeper that can rival him is Brazil's Rafael. Marco Fabian is an exciting talent for Mexico. Branded the "new Javier Hernandez" as he plays for Chivas but unlike "Chicharito" he plays in midfield. If Mexico do well, you won't miss Marco Fabian.
Other Brazilians such as Hulk, Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Alexander Pato, Sandro and Man United's Rafael just add to Brazil's quality on show and add to the list of players to watch. One could just watch Brazil and be stunned by the talent on show.