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Wednesday April 25, 2012

Mexican Team Prepares for London’s Olympic Soccer “Mexico Can Compete with Anyone”

Mexican Team Prepares for London’s Olympic Soccer “Mexico Can Compete with Anyone”

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Mexico has the soccer players to hold its own against anybody at the 2012 London Olympics, National Physical Education and Sports Commission director Bernardo de la Garza said, stopping short of making medal predictions.

“Mexico can compete with anybody (in Olympic soccer). We took on South Korea in the World Under 17s and we beat them,” De la Garza said.

All the soccer teams heading to London are talented and can compete, De la Garza said.

Mexico will debut in Olympic soccer against South Korea on July 26 and will then play Gabon on July 29 and Switzerland on Aug. 1.

If Mexico qualifies for the quarterfinals, it will take on a rival from Group A, in which the favorites are Britain and Uruguay.

The Mexican soccer team has competed at the Olympic level at the 1964 Tokyo Games, the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, the 1972 Munich Games, the 1976 Montreal Olympics, the 1992 Barcelona Games, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 2004 Athens Games, playing in 28 matches and posting a record of eight wins, 10 losses and 10 ties.