The last time I visited the old Wembley was in 1988 for the old Wimbledon v Liverpool FA cup final (Wimbledon won 1:0) yet the Olympic atmosphere was very different and far more colourful and fun. There were flags obviously mainly from Japan and the USA but also many children and more women supporters than I have ever seen at a football match. The national dresses worn especially by some Japanese supporters were beautiful to behold:
The atmosphere was carnival like but also deadly serious on the pitch. The Japanese in my view had more prowess football strategy-wise but the USA team were faster runners being it appeared some 3 inches taller than their Japanese rivals.
It was great too that the Canadians managed to travel to Wembley from their Bronze medal match in Coventry in time for a very loud and musical medal ceremony.
Interesting as the Independent Newspaper reported this morning that there were some boos for the FIFA Swiss president who was presenting medals, as not only has his attitude to women's football seemed quite chauvinistic but also questions have been asked about the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
A photo from the exciting match itself:
And the medal ceremony:
It was good too to see a young American woman hold up a banner of thanks for a great Olympics - I agree entirely.