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With the obligatory England Quarter-Final penalty shootout exit and an unsurprising Spanish Euro 2012 victory still fresh in our minds …

Normally we’d be looking forward to a new domestic 2012/13 season which begins on 18th August.

But before we do that, lets not forget the summer’s football calendar isn’t quite finished yet.

Next up we look forward to something slightly different as Great Britain compete for the first time since 1960 in the London 2012 Olympics Football which kicks off on 25th July across six British venues.

The big surprise in the UK London 2012 Olympics Football squad was the omission of David Beckham from Stuart Pearce’s squad.

Team captain Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards are the three over-age players selected.

The 2012 Team GB squad contains 13 English and 5 Welsh players but no Scottish or Northern Irish representatives.

Team GB Mens Squad:
Jack Butland (England), Jason Steele (England), Ryan Bertrand (England), Steven Caulker (England), Craig Dawson (England), Micah Richards (England), Danny Rose (England), Neil Taylor (Wales), James Tomkins (England), Joe Allen (Wales), Tom Cleverley (England), Jack Cork (England), Ryan Giggs (Wales), Aaron Ramsey (Wales), Scott Sinclair (England), Craig Bellamy (Wales), Marvin Sordell (England), Daniel Sturridge (England)

Here’s our round up of the venues, fixtures, and how to get to and from the games

City of Coventry Stadium, Coventry

The City of Coventry Stadium is home to Coventry City FC and is more commonly known to football fans as The Ricoh Arena.

How to get to the City of Coventry Stadium

Address:
Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry CV6 6GE
Venue Plan : Recommended Routes : View Map

Train: Coventry Station is 6.5km from the stadium and a free shuttle service running to the stadium from Coventry City Centre in 20 minutes.

Bus: As well as the free shuttle bus service there are local bus services running to and from stops near the stadium.

Park & Ride: Must be booked in advance at additional cost.

Cycling: One of the easiest ways to get from the City Centre to the stadium and free cycle parking will be in operation, though you do need to provide your own bike lock.

Accessible Travel: Coventry Station has step-free access, with staff assistance available, book assistance along with your ticket on the game website. The free shuttle service running between Coventry City Centre and the venue is also accessible. Pre-booked accessible parking is provided close to the venue for UK Blue Badge holders or equivalent scheme members.

Taxis & Private Hire Vehicles: Drop-off areas are located near the venue entrance.

City of Coventry Stadium 2012 Olympic Fixtures

July 25th17:00 Japan v Canada (Women)

19:45 Sweden v South Africa (Women)

July 31st19:45 New Zealand v Cameroon (Women)
July 26th19:45 Belarus v New Zealand (Men) August 1st17:00 Japan v Honduras (Men)

19:45 Senegal v UAE (Men)

July 28th12:00 Japan v Sweden (Women)

14:45 Canada v South Africa (Women)

August 3rd19:30 Quarter-Final (Women)
July 29th14:30 Mexico v Gabon (Men)

17:15 South Korea v Switzerland (Men)

August 9th13:00 Bronze Medal Match (Women)

Hampden Park, Glasgow

London 2012 Olympics Football venue - Hampden ParkHampden Park is Scotland’s national stadium and has played host to record crowds for European matches.

However despite having legendary status as a football stadium, organisers have struggled to sell tickets for the games.

How to get to Hampden Park

Address:
Hampden Park, Glasgow G42 9BA
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Hampden Park has a number of shuttle services, as well as conveniently located taxi ranks. You are advised to book train tickets in advance.

Train: Mount Florida Station is only a five minute walk to the venue.

Bus: A free shuttle bus will run from Buchanan Bus Station in central Glasgow.

Coach: Chartered coach parking is available and must be booked in advance online.

Park & Ride: Available, as is park-and-walk, but both must be booked in advance.

Walking: Glasgow City Centre is approximately one hour from Hampden Park by foot.

Cycling: There are numerous cycle routes, both on and off-road, from the City Centre to the venue.

Accessible Travel: Mount Florida Station has a step-free route to both platforms and an accessible shuttle service to the venue. Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street Stations also have step-free access, with staff assistance available. Pre-booked accessible parking is available UK Blue Badge holders or equivalent scheme members.

Hampden Park 2012 Olympic Fixtures

July 25th17:00 United States v France (Women)

19:45 Colombia v North Korea (Women)

August 1st14:30 Egypt v Belarus (Men)
July 26th12:00 Spain v Japan (Men)

14:45 Honduras v Morocco (Men)

August 3rd12:00 Quarter-Final (Women)
July 28th17:00 United States v Colombia (Women)

19.45 France v North Korea (Women)

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

The Millennium Stadium is the national stadium of Wales and it is located right in the heart of the country’s capital Cardiff.

Team GB Men play Uruguay at Millennium Stadium on 1st August. Whilst the Women have two group games in Cardiff v New Zealand (25th July) and v Cameroon (28th July)

How to get to the Millennium Stadium

Address:
Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1NS
Venue Plan : Recommended Routes : View Map

The Millennium Stadium is very easy to get to being in the centre of Cardiff, and you can also get dropped there by taxis and private hire vehicles.

Train: Cardiff Central Station is only 5 minutes from the venue.

Coach: Chartered coach parking is available and must be booked in advance online.

Park & Ride: Available, but Park-and-walk is not an option for this venue.

Walking: The Millennium Stadium is easily accessible by foot.

Cycling: Parking is provided.

Accessible Travel: Cardiff Central Station has step-free access, with staff assistance available. Pre-booked accessible parking is provided close to the venue for UK Blue Badge holders or equivalent scheme members. In addition, accessible spaces can be pre-booked at park-and-ride sites.

The Millennium Stadium 2012 Olympic Fixtures

July 25th16:00 Great Britain v New Zealand (Women)

18:45 Cameroon v Brazil (Women)

August 1st17:00 Mexico v Switzerland (Men)

19:45 Great Britain v Uruguay (Men)

July 26th19:45 Brazil v Egypt (Men) August 4th19:30 Quarter-Final (Men)
July 28th14:30 New Zealand v Brazil (Women)

17:15 Great Britain v Cameroon (Women)

August 10th19:45 Third Place Play-Off (Men)
July 31st14:30 Japan v South Africa (Women)

Old Trafford, Manchester

Old Trafford - London 2012 Olympics Football venueHome to of one of the most successful club teams in the country, Manchester United. Old Trafford is steeped in history and is well used to hosting major events. Around 76,000 Red Devils’ fans regularly watch their team play here in the Premier League, so you should have few problems getting to and from the game.

How to get to Old Trafford

Address:
Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 0RA
Venue Plan : Recommended Routes : View Map

Old Trafford is one of the best connected football stadia for the games as it benefits from a great tram network throughout Manchester.

Tram: There is free travel on Metrolink trams for Olympic event ticket-holders.

Exchange Quay: 12 minute walk
Old Trafford: 12 minute walk
Trafford Bar: 17 minute walk
Salford Quay: 20 minute walk
Harbour City: 25 minute walk
Media City: 25 minute walk

Bus: Frequent shuttle buses provide free travel for Olympic event ticket-holders between Piccadilly in Manchester City Centre and Old Trafford Football Stadium before and after events.

Park & Ride: Available but Park-and-walk is not.

Walking: There is a 3.5 km pedestrian route from Manchester City Centre to Old Trafford.

Cycling: Free bike parking is provided, bring your own locks.

Accessible Travel: All Metrolink trams and shuttle buses are fully accessible. Limited, accessible parking is provided close to the venue for disabled spectators.

Taxis & Private Hire Vehicles: Drop-off areas are located outside the venue.

Old Trafford’s 2012 Olympic Fixtures

July 26th17:00 UAE v Uruguay (Men)

19:45 Great Britain v Senegal (Men)

August 4th12:00 Quarter-Final (Men)
July 29th12:00 Brazil v Belarus (Men)

14:45 Egypt v New Zealand (Men)

August 6th19:45 Semi-Final (Women)
July 31st17:15 USA v North Korea (Women) August 7th19:45 Semi-Final (Men)
August 1st17:00 Spain v Morocco (Men)

St James’ Park, Newcastle

St James’ Park, now known as the Sports Direct Arena, is the home of Newcastle United. It is the 5th largest football ground in England.

How to get to St James’ Park

Address:
St James’ Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 4ST
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Metro:
Newcastle Central: 15 minute walk
Monument: 10 minute walk
Haymarket: 10 minute walk

Train: Newcastle Central Station is a quarter of an hour from St James’ Park. You can get there directly from Birmingham, Edinburgh and London King’s Cross, or connect from the rest of the network.

Bus: The nearest bus station to St James’ Park is Haymarket, which is only 10 minute’s walk away.

Coach: Charter Coach parking is provided at Newcastle College.

Park & Ride: Advance bookings for Park & Ride are available for this venue. This service is not included in the price of your event ticket.

Walking: St. James’ Park is easily accessible by foot.

Cycling: Free cycle parking is provided but bike locks are not so remember to bring one with you.

Accessible Travel: St James’ is the recommended Metro Station with step-free access. UK Blue Badge holders or equivalent scheme members can advance book accessible parking.

Taxis & Private Hire Vehicles: Drop-off areas are located outside the venue.

St James’ Park’s 2012 Olympic Fixtures

July 26th14:30 Mexico v South Korea (Men)

17:15 Gabon v Switzerland (Men)

August 1st14:30: Brazil v New Zealand (Men)
July 29th17:00 Spain v Honduras (Men)

19:45 Japan v Morocco (Men)

August 3rd14:30 Quarter-Final (Women)
July 31st14:30 Canada v Sweden (Women)

17:15 France v Colombia (Women)

August 4th17:00 Quarter-Final (Men)

Wembley Stadium, London

Wembley Stadium needs no introduction, despite its recent new incarnation this is one of the most prestigious football grounds in the world.

Wembley is the home of the English national team and FA Cup Final. A world famous venue where legends are created and dreams shattered.

How to get to Wembley Stadium

Address:
Empire Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0WS
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Wembley Stadium has excellent transport options, you can go by rail, underground, overground, taxi, bus, foot, bicycle and more.

Train:
Wembley Central: 15 minute walk
Wembley Stadium: 5 minute walk

London Underground:
Wembley Park: 10 minute walk
Wembley Central: 15 minute walk

London Overground:
Wembley Central: 15 minute walk

Bus:
The following bus services go to, or past, Wembley Park Station:
83 – Ealing Hospital, Golders Green
92 – Brent Park, Ealing Hospital
182 – Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Harrow Weald
206 – Kilburn Park, Wembley Park
223 – Harrow, Wembley Park
245 – Alperton, Golders Green
297 – Ealing Broadway, Willesden

The following bus services go to, or past, Wembley Central Station:
18 – Euston, Sudbury
79 – Alperton, Edgware
83 – Ealing Hospital, Golders Green
92 – Ealing Hospital, St Raphael’s North
182 – Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Harrow Weald
204 – Edgware, Sudbury Town
223 – Harrow, Wembley Park
224 – St Raphael’s Estate
297 – Ealing Broadway, Willesden, Harrow, Harrow Weald, Trafalgar Square

Walking: A great way to get to Wembley stadium and now there are special guided tours which allow you to learn more about the games and soak up their atmosphere.

Cycling: Free cycle parking but bring your own bike locks.

Accessible Travel: Wembley Park and Wembley Stadium have some of the most accessible facilities in the country with step free access and accessible shuttle bus connections. There is one wheelchair space per bus. Pre-booked accessible parking is available but book in advance

Wembley Stadium’s 2012 Olympic Fixtures

July 29th17:00 Senegal v Uruguay (Men)

19:45 Great Britain v UAE (Men)

August 6th17:00 Semi-Final (Women)
July 31st19:45 Great Britain v Brazil (Women) August 7th17:00 Semi-Final (Men)
August 1st17:00 South Korea v Gabon (Men) August 9th19.45 Final (Women)
August 4th14:30 Quarter-Final (Men) August 11th15:00 Final (Men)

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