In all corners of the globe, many names have been discussed in relation to the Men's Olympic Football Tournament. Now the moment of truth has arrived. The official lists for the 16 teams were officially announced on Thursday and, just as we had hoped, it includes footballers who have already demonstrated their quality in some of Planet Football's most important competitions.
The final squads are limited to players under the age of 23, but can include three over-age reinforcements. We should also mention that apart from the 18 selected, four other players have been included as possible replacements.
The famous names
The young AC Milan star Alexandre Pato will be one of those in the forefront of Brazil's quest to obtain the first ever gold medal in their history. But he won't be the only big name: beside him will be playing footballers of the stature of his current club team-mate, the former Barcelona playmaker Ronaldinho.
And there are more. How could we fail to mention Javier Mascherano, Juan Roman Riquelme and Sergio Aguero in the Argentina squad, which is ready to fight tooth and nail to defend the title which it won in Athens? Other distinguished names, like USA's Brian McBride and Freddy Adu and the Netherlands' Ryan Babel will also awaken the interest of millions of fans all around the world.
Click on the documents on the right-hand menu to look at the official lists of the 16 finalists.
The most recent edition of the Olympic tournament took place four years ago in Athens, and was the making of several players, including Argentina's Carlos Tevez, leading scorer and key player for the eventual champions. The tournament also provided a display of a whole generation of players who now form the backbone of the major sides in world football.
Make sure to keep visiting FIFA.com, the official site of the Men's Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008, to get access to the videos with the highlights from all the games, interviews with the stars - and the best coverage of the tournament itself.