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(WFI) Olympic football matches in Cardiff, Glasgow and Coventry is the first action of the London 2012 Games, organisers announced today as they published the sports competition schedule.

The women's football group games at Millennium Stadium, Hampden Park and the City of Coventry Stadium on July 25 precede the Games opening ceremony at London's 80,000-seat Olympic stadium on July 27.

Men's group games at London 2012 kick off on July 26.

St. James' Park in Newcastle, Manchester United's Old Trafford ground and the 90,000-seat Wembley Stadium are the other venues for football at the Olympics.


The gold medal match for the women's tournament kicks off at Wembley on Aug. 9 at 19.45 BST. Ticket prices range from £30 to £125.

With defending Olympic champions Argentina having failed to qualify for the 2012 men's tournament, there will be a new country picking up the gold medal for the first time since the Sydney 2000 Olympics (Argentina won gold at Beijing 2008 and Athens 2004).

The men's gold medal match will be held at Wembley on Saturday Aug. 11 at 15.00 BST. There are five ticket categories. The cheapest cost £40 and the most expensive are £185.



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Next year's Community Shield will be played in England even though Wembley Stadium will not be available.

Confirmation of the competition dates for the 2012 London Olympics revealed the prestigious men's football final will be played at Wembley on Saturday, August 11.

That is 24 hours before the Community Shield should take place, given the Premier League is due to get under way the following weekend, having been delayed to avoid a clash with the Games.

As the Olympics do not conclude until August 12, the London organising committee have reached an agreement with the FA that the game will not be played in the capital, leaving them to find another venue for the annual clash between the Premier League champions and FA Cup winners.

There had been some speculation the FA would use the opportunity to take the game overseas, as happened last season with the Italian Super Cup - the clash between Inter and Lazio in Beijing proving so successful, a deal has been signed for the game to be held in China for the next four years.

Given the vast following for English football around the globe, there would certainly be a financial incentive to pursue such an avenue with the Community Shield.

However, the FA have confirmed that will not happen. Instead, the game will be played at a suitable location within these shores.

'The Community Shield take place at the traditional time at a prestigious stadium in England,' said an FA spokesman.

Cardiff's Millennium Stadium would be the obvious choice, as it held the Community Shield for six seasons from 2001.

However, the men's third-place play-off will be played at the stadium on Friday, August 10 and it seems turning the stadium round to host another prestigious event, with completely different sponsors, in just over 36 hours would be too problematic.

It leaves Old Trafford as the firm favourite given its last Olympic game is the men's semi-final on Tuesday, August 7.

Neutrality may be an issue considering Manchester United have featured in 14 of the last 18 such occasions but the massive increase in capacity, compared with alternatives such as St James' Park, the Stadium of Light, Eastlands, Anfield and Villa Park, Old Trafford is bound to hold appeal.

Any suggestion that Twickenham, the home of English rugby, whose 82,000 capacity is exceeded only by that of Wembley, could have been used were dismissed due to sensitivities towards local residents and the cost involved with segregating rival supporters even before the agreement not to hold the game in London.


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Fans heading to this weekend’s FA Cup Final will create Wembley history by starring in a record breaking 10-gigapixel panoramic photo.

For the first time ever in The FA Cup’s prestigious 139-year history each and every supporter at the Stadium will be frozen in time at the showpiece Final. The biggest ever live sporting event 360-degree photo will then be hosted at www.wembleystadium.com/wembley360 for fans to enjoy.

Working with renowned photographer Jeffrey Martin from 360Cities.net, the photograph will provide a special memory for the fans of Manchester City who last reached the Cup Final in 1981 and for Stoke City who make their debut appearance in this year’s Final.

The resulting photo is set to be the largest image of a major sporting event ever taken and will also be a first for internet publishing by being taken and unveiled online less than 24 hours after The FA Cup is lifted.

And here it is:


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Any fears over Wembley's lack of use have been unfounded


Tottenham are turning their attentions to securing a venue for ‘home’ matches during the season before they move into their new stadium.

The club were last night granted planning permission by Haringey Council for their £400million, 61,000-seat ground, which they hope to occupy from August 2018.

Yet that would mean playing home games at a different ground during the 2017-18 campaign.

Tottenham are interested in playing at Wembley in 2017-18 and would be open to sharing with Chelsea, who expect to be homeless for three seasons while building a £500m stadium of their own.

Yet Chelsea are determined to relocate to Wembley and are less willing to share the national stadium with Spurs — and the League champions are confident they would win that race.

That makes Milton Keynes the most likely option for Tottenham.

Wembley has arguably become the premier stadium in Europe. 3 NFL games in 2015. Will host the SFs and Final of Euro 2020. Hosts about 5 concerts every summer. Alongside the annual England and domestic football fixtures

Just hosted some matches at the Rugby World Cup (record attendance for tournament match, and hosts a Saracens club game every season.


George Groves fought Carl Froch in May 2014


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