Who will take Olympic gold?
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In just a few days' time the 2012 Men's and Women's Olympic Football Tournaments will kick off in London and with them the race for gold.

Some of the best players from around the globe are gearing up for a once-a-lifetime opportunity, and to get fans in the mood, this week's Have Your Say is asking who you think are the favourites to take gold in the English capital.

After winning each of the last two women's tournaments, USA are understandably keen to make it a hat-trick in Great Britain, especially after watching Japan take the FIFA Women's World Cup™ title last year. "London 2012 is all about winning a medal," goalkeeper Hope Solo told FIFA.com in an exclusive interview, before adding: "Not just any medal, the gold medal."

The defending champions are not the only ones eager to secure a podium place at Wembley Stadium. Brazil, spearheaded by star forward Marta, are determined to finally claim the coveted trophy after successive final defeats at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. Hosts Great Britain, Sweden and France harbour similarly high hopes of finishing among the medals.

Latin American sides dominate the list of favourites for the men's edition, with Neymar earmarked to inspire Brazil in what could prove to be an important confidence booster ahead of 2014 FIFA World Cup™ on home turf. Uruguay boast the likes of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani in attack, while Mexico can rely on the quality of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani dos Santos.

Representing Europe's best chance of glory are perhaps Spain, who are chasing yet more silverware after adding the UEFA EURO 2012 trophy to their growing list of honours. In Juan Mata, Jordi Alba and Javi Martinez, La Roja boast three freshly-crowned European champions among their ranks. Hosts Great Britain are also keen to make history in front of their own fans, with Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs set to captain Team GB at his first ever major international tournament.

Who is your favourite for Olympic gold?

The women's and men's finals will be held at Wembley Stadium on 9 and 11 August respectively. Who do you think will reach the decider? Will it be the usual heavyweights, or could one of the underdogs go all the way this time?

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