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GRANT WAHL
July 09, 2012
David Beckham won't suit up as an old-timer for Great Britain, but there will be loads of young star power in the men's Olympic tournament, with squads made up mostly of U-23 players. Keep an eye on these five bright lights
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July 09, 2012

Next Up, London

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David Beckham won't suit up as an old-timer for Great Britain, but there will be loads of young star power in the men's Olympic tournament, with squads made up mostly of U-23 players. Keep an eye on these five bright lights

NEYMAR

Pelé says the Santos prodigy is better than Messi. That may be national pride talking, but the planet's hottest young player is integral to Brazil's hopes of winning the one prominent title that has eluded it.

ADRIÁN

No country has ever held the World Cup, Euro and Olympic titles at the same time. The Atlético Madrid forward, who scored five goals at the 2011 European U-21s, could make that happen for Spain.

DANIEL STURRIDGE

The Chelsea speedster has represented England at every level from U-16 to the senior squad and should be front and center as Great Britain makes its first Olympic soccer appearance in 52 years.

MARCO FABIÁN

No Chicharito? No sweat. Mexico will get plenty of firepower from Chivas midfielder Fabián, who had a hat trick against Trinidad in CONCACAF qualifying and seven goals at the Toulon Tournament in May.

XHERDAN SHAQIRI

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