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  • July 26, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: R. Irmatov
  • • Attendance: 72176

Team GB - Senegal Preview: Home nation prepare to kick off the Games after 52 years in Olympic exile

Team GB - Senegal Preview: Home nation prepare to kick off the Games after 52 years in Olympic exile

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Stuart Pearce's side take on the Lions at Old Trafford, with both teams looking to throw down the gauntlet to Group A favourites Uruguay as London 2012 gets underway


Taylor, Richards, Caulker, Bertrand
Ramsey, Allen, Giggs, Cleverley
Sturridge, Bellamy


Ciss, Souare, P Gueye, Bindia
Konate, Diame, I Gueye, Toure
N'Doye, Balde

Team GB have no fresh injury concerns ahead of their opening Group A encounter, with the news that Daniel Sturridge has recovered from meningitis in time for the Games coming as a timely boost for the squad.

Jack Butland is likely to get the nod in goal over Jason Steele after impressing during the second half of his side's 2-0 defeat to Brazil last Friday, while Stuart Pearce is likely to stick with the same outfield XI which started at the Riverside Stadium.

Senegal likewise have a full squad to choose from, with Ibrahima Balde set to lead the line for the Lions after scoring the second goal against Oman to book their place at the Games.

West Ham's Mohamed Diame will anchor the midfield for the African side against a British contingent well known to him following his time in the Premier League with Wigan.

  • Great Britain are competing in the men's football tournament this year for the first time since 1962.
  • The last time that they fielded a side in the competition, the Beatles had not yet released a record.
  • Coach Stuart Pearce has an impressive record at international youth level, guiding the England Under-21s to the 2009 Under-21 European Championships.
  • Senegal will make their Olympic debut at Old Trafford on Thursday.
  • Two African sides have won gold in this event in the last four Games: Nigeria in 1996, and Cameroon in 2000.
  • The Lions have won their last two matches against high-fancied opposition: A 1-0 win over Switzerland followed an impressive 2-0 victory against Spain.
  • Senegal reached the quarter-final stage of World Cup 2002 - only two other African sides have achieved this feat.


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-Jack ButlandGoalkeeper
2Neil TaylorDefender
-Ryan BertrandDefender
25Danny RoseMidfielder
45Steven CaulkerDefender
14Micah RichardsDefender
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
11Ryan GiggsMidfielder
23Daniel SturridgeStriker
8Craig BellamyStriker
1Jason SteeleGoalkeeper
-Craig DawsonDefender
12James TomkinsDefender
42Jack CorkDefender
15Aaron RamseyMidfielder
21Scott Sinclair Midfielder
20Marvin Sordell Striker
1Ousmane ManéGoalkeeper
2Saliou CissDefender
4Abdoulaye BaDefender
5Papa GueyeDefender
6Zargo TouréMidfielder
18P. SouaréDefender
10Sadio ManéStriker
13Mohamed DiameMidfielder
14Idrissa GueyeMidfielder
7Moussa KonatéMidfielder
16P. CamaraGoalkeeper
8Cheikhou KouyatéDefender
9S. MbodjiDefender
17S. BadjiMidfielder
-Ibrahima SeckMidfielder
15Magaye GueyeStriker
-Khalidou Coulibaly YeroStriker

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