Why Olympic men's soccer matters

Seen as a nuisance, the quadrennial tournament breeds winners

Updated: July 17, 2012, 9:22 PM ET
By Michael Cox | Special to ESPN.com

Who cares about the Olympic soccer tournament?

This has been a common question raised across Great Britain this summer, with the indifference tested further by David Beckham's surprise omission from Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad.

It's a rhetorical question, but one that has a suitable answer: Brazil cares about the Olympic soccer tournament. So does Uruguay. Spain is taking it seriously too. The three most important soccer nations competing are putting 100 percent into ...

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