LONDON (AP) Mexico was without one of its top stars. It was a long way from home. It lacked the rich tradition of the main contenders.
And it still won it all.
Mexico is headed home with the gold medal for men's soccer after coming to the London Games with a team few expected to win it all. It jumped on favored Brazil just 29 seconds into Saturday's final for the fastest Olympic goal in 36 years, and went on to a 2-1 victory.
The world's most popular sport, "the beautiful game" has a long history at the Olympics, going back to the turn of the 20th century. More recently, the tournament has been forced to differentiate itself so as not to compete with FIFA's own quadrennial showcase, the World Cup. Learn about the differences between the two, get a primer on the game itself, and check out the various venues for the only event that will take place in six different high-profile stadiums spread throughout the UK.