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Hot/Cute Olympic footballer of the day: Zakaria Labyad (Morocco)

26 Jul

Photo: Getty via Zimbio

Like brother-from-another-mother Ibi Afellay, Zakaria Labyad was born in Utrecht (Netherlands) to Moroccan parents, plays as a midfielder/winger, and has adorable dimples. Unlike Afellay, he chose to play for Morocco instead of Netherlands, and is still a teenager (he is 19, and Afellay is 26–but looks 19), which makes him a bit young for even me.  But I’m sure he’s just right for some of you out there. Labyad currently plays in Portugal with Sporting CP.

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The boys of London 2012

26 Jul

Photo: RFEF

Although the opening ceremonies aren’t until tomorrow, men’s Olympic football kicked off today, with 16 teams in the tournament, including Spain. (The Spanish women’s team didn’t make it to the Olympics, but I am proud to be supporting the Canadian women’s team.) If you have never paid much attention to Olympic football before, you may be surprised to learn that players must be 23 or younger, with three exceptions per team, which allows for a more even playing field – and lots of fresh faces.

In a surprise upset, Spain lost their first match 0-1 to Japan, so let’s wish the boys lots of luck against Honduras and Morocco.