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The soccer games of the Beijing Olympic Games will be held from August 6-23, 2008 in five cities including the host city of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Tianjin and Qinhuangdao. The finals for men and women will be held in Beijing where three venues are located: the Workers' Stadium, the Olympic Sports Center Stadium and the National Stadium. The venues outside Beijing are: Shanghai Stadium Authentic Donovan Smith Jersey , Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium, Shenyang Olympic Sport Center Stadium, and Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium. These state of the art stadiums will provide spectators with a great facility to enjoy the games.
Football was first introduced in 1900 and 1904 as an exhibition sport and became the first team sport included in the Olympic Games. Since 1908, the sport has been held at every Olympic Games with the exception of 1932 in Los Angeles. The European teams dominated the Olympics until 1992, when Spain became the last European team to win a gold medal.
Women's football was introduced in 1996 in Atlanta where the USA won the gold medal in and then again in Athens in 2004.
The competition allows for three players over the age of 23 to compete. Although a prestigious event, many of the world best players will not play due to contractual obligations with their own professional teams. They also do not want to risk getting an injury and often have pressure placed on them by their team managers who do not want them to play in the games.
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The tournament will be organized into group stages until they reach the quarter-final round will result in losing teams being knocked out of the competition. All four teams that make the semi finals will determine who wins the medals with the fourth team missing out.
Group stage matches will begin on August 7th with the quarter finals on August 16th, the semi finals on August 19th Authentic Carlton Davis Jersey , the loser's final on August 22nd and the winner's final to be held on August 23rd.
The women's tournament consists of 12 teams, four more than they had in Athens. Group E consists of China, Sweden, Argentina and Canada. Group F includes Korea DPR, Nigeria, Germany Authentic Vita Vea Jersey , and Brazil. Group G includes Norway, United States of America, Japan and New Zealand.
Most of the major soccer games will be broadcasted by the television networks. However, as usual each country will be likely to choose only those games where they have their own national team competing.
ISTANBUL, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Turkey celebrated the birthday of the European Union with an exciting street festival calling the rhythm of Europe here on Sunday.
Performers coming from 18 EU member states displayed their art and performances in Istanbul's busiest tourist street of Istiklal. The musicians drew the attentions to the multicultural characteristic of Istanbul and agreed that the music is the universal language.
"It was very nice to play on the street and Istiklal is my favorite street in the world," said Daniel Kahn to Xinhua. Kahn is an American musician living in Germany.
"It is also very good to bring a little cultural perspective to the every vibrant music culture of Istanbul Authentic Lavonte David Jersey ," he said, adding "We use the universal language of music. It is the best union in the world."
Augustinas Rakauskas who plays accordion in the Lithuanian music band "Tutto a Dio" said "The festival is very attractive and very brilliant actually as it brings together many people from different cultures in one place."
The violinist Greta Staponkute said "It is very good to see another country to listen different music with joy and energy."
The festival also featured theater and dance shows and DJ performances as well as giant dinosaurs, stilt walkers, and jugglers beloved by children.
Turkey has been celebrating the Europe Day along with all other EU member states and the candidate countries since 1999 when European Union has recognized Turkey's candidate status.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a press release published on Friday that the EU should look into Turkey's accession process from a broader perspective and consider the contributions that Turkey would make for EU.
He drew the attentions to Turkey's contribution to the peace and stability of the continent and to the economic prosperity of the union. Turkey is today at a different stage in economic and political terms than before, he said.
"It took significant political and economic reforms in parallel with regional and global developments particularly during the last decade," the minister said.
He added that Turkey's main expectation is that the accession negotiations are conducted and concluded as a technical process without being subjected to political obstacles.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul in his written statement in the occasion of May 9 Authentic Gerald McCoy Jersey , Europe Day underlined Turkey's commitment to the EU principles and said that the European Union has reached its current position by opening up, not by introversion.
Turkey has been in negotiations with EU since 1999 over its membership bid.