These pages reflect the various visits that members of the Aggleton
 & extended families made to the  Olympics and Paralympics.
Because sporting photos taken from spectator stands are not
 always very effective, these have been augmented
 with available"free" examples
 
The football tournament within the Olympic games started several days
before the official opening of the games.
Mike, Mark, Thomas & William saw two group matches at Hampden Park



Thomas and William in the Olympic Rings at George Square,Glasgow and outside Hampden Park.
William in his Spain shirt-No.7 David Villa
Hampden Park had gained a certain notoriety overnight by introducing the North Korean women's football team under the
  flag of South Korea. The North Koreans stormed off the pitch and did not return for the match against Colombia for over an hour!
The first game we watched was Honduras against Algeria: not expected to be very exciting but proved to be an excellent game
  
There were difficulties filling the ground with only 23,000 present--less than half the capacity of the ground.
  
However the football was end-to-end....
     
...and very competitive, resulting in a 2-2 draw.
By the time of the second match, the crowd had grown to 30,000 in anticipation of viewing the Spanish team.
  
In the first half Spain had a hatful of chances but couldn't score......so...

GOAL! Spain 0-1 Japan (Otsu 33')

Diabolical Spanish defending from a corner is emphatically punished. Oghiharra curls a nice left-footed delivery to the edge of the six-yard box,

 where all defenders watch as Otsu slides in to poke it past a rather flimsy attempted block by De Gea.

  
.....by the second half, people were becoming bored and spent more time doing the Mexican wave than watching the football.....
....because Spain were so bad!
The final word is from:
Japan have made history! They have beaten Spain for the first time at any level and
done so in style. The victory was as deserved as it was unforeseen: Japan were
sharper and tactically superior against a Spanish team full of decorated stars: if their
finishing had been better they could have won by five or six goals.
It would be premature to declare Spanish dynasty to be in decline because these
players have already proven they are a cut above most at their level,
but we certainly been given proof that if they have an off day, they can be
embarrassed Japan have some nice players on top of a superb cohesion and tenacity
Honduras lost to Brazil in the quarter finals while Japan lost in the semi-finals to the eventual winners Mexico
Spain finished bottom of their group and went home without scoring a goal!