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South American contestants, Uruguay, have shown that they are taking Olympic football glory seriously, by selecting an extremely strong 18-man squad for London 2012.

The side are 7/1 for the gold in the Olympics football betting odds on Betfair, behind Spain and Brazil.

Liverpool striker, Luis Saurez, is one of the main attractions, and he is joined by fellow Reds player, defender Sebastian Coates.

Suarez is one of the three over-age players allowed to be included, with Palermo’s Arevalo Rios and Napoli’s Edinson Cavani also selected by coach, Oscar Tabarez.

So, at least England will know what to expect when they play Uruguay, having also been drawn in group A along with Senegal and the UAE.

Uruguay have won the Olympic gold medal on two occasions, having first triumphed on their debut at the Games in Paris, in 1924, beating Switzerland 3-0.

They followed up, four years later, in Amsterdam, beating Argentina 2-1 in a replay after the first match ended all square, but they have not been anywhere near as successful since.

However, the South Americans, who join fellow CONMEBOL side, Brazil, in London, are expected to be one of the big challengers for the gold medal, having won the 2011 Copa America.

In addition, quite a few of the squad were part of the side that captured last year’s South American under-21 tournament.

The inclusion of Saurez, while good news for Uruguay, means that Liverpool will be without their star player for the start of pre-season training, but, when he does return to Merseyside, it could well be with a medal round his neck, maybe even gold, although his fellow Premier League peers will hope not.

The Betfair Tennis webpage may also be of interest to fans of the Olympics; Andy Murray is fourth-favourite, as ever, to win the gold.

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By Tony Alvarez

Following the South American strike duo guiding theirPortoside to the final of the Europa League with both men getting their names on the score sheet there is bound to be speculation linking them to a host of Premier League sides.

 Whilst Hulk is the leading scorer in the Portuguese League Falcao will grab all the headlines tonight as he became the record scorer in Uefa cup/ Europa League history although due to the change in the format of the competition he has played more games that some of the previous record holders.

Falcao’s 17 goals in the competition 16 in the main section of the tournament have seen him linked with some ofEuropebiggest clubs both throughout the January transfer window and for a move in the upcoming summer.

In January the ever reliable goal.com linked him with Arsenal and suggested a bit was imminent from the North London side, that move didn’t materialise but the Columbian has gone on to extend his reputation.

Hulk given his nickname due to looking similar to the original actor playing the incredible Hulk and not his muscular physique as some may believe has similarly been linked with a whole host of clubs all across Europe and despite not breaking any records as mentioned above he is the top scorer in the Portuguese League despite not playing as an out and out striker.

Now this article isn’t to heap more praise on them because even though they do deserve it every section of the media has already done that but instead we will look into whether the players would be a success in the cut and thrust of the Premier League.

Despite them having both finalists in the Europa League it is clear to all that the Portuguese League isn’t of the same standard as the Premier League andEurope’s other elite leagues, which means you can’t judge the players in their goal scoring records alone.

 I’ve seen both men play live against Arsenal in recent years and to be honest neither impressed me, Hulk although considered strong inPortugaland would be seen as a physical option in many other leagues wasn’t a match for a Arsenal players who are considered a weaker team of what is a physically strong league. He also likes a shoot and does possess a “rocket” but for me he looks to shoot too often which means giving away possession too much which would be seen as wasteful in the Premier League.

Falcao for me is an odd case, there is no doubt the guy can finish and has an aerial prowess but I feel his hold up play could be better. In the two games against Arsenal last term he scored the winner inPortugaldespite not playing a big part in the game, the goal wasn’t a result of any ability but a freak goal after a back pass was allowed to be taken quickly and the striker rolled the ball into an unguarded net from 4 yards.

In the return leg at the Emirates wherePortowere humbled 5-0 Falcao didn’t get a sniff and Arsenal’s backline was not threatened all night. In all fairness he was isolated from the rest of his side and given no service but he didn’t do enough in holding the ball and bringing his team mates into play which gives his defence no rest from the Arsenal on slaught.

Of course it is unfair to judge the two men purely on games against Arsenal because such is Arsenal’s use of the ball many players have struggled to put in a performance, but I always prefer to judge a player based on seeing them live and not a highlight reel of goals.

Despite all that’s said above I do believe both could make it in the Premeir League but would both need to adapt their games somewhat, I don’t think either is worthy of the huge price tags that’s being reported and neither would set the Premier League alight but they could be good players if put in the right sides.

What are your thoughts? Would either man cut it in the Premier League? Would you like either of them in your side? Can they be judged on their goals this term against inferior opposition? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts

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