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Olympics Soccer: 5 athletes to watch

The US men did not qualify for the tournament, but Team USA women are among the favorites, and the London Olympics promise a glimpse of some of the world's top stars.  

- Staff writer

France's Louisa Necib (l.) is chased by Japan's Homare Sawa during their friendly soccer match on Thursday in Paris ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Charles Platiau/REUTERS)

3. Louisa Necib, France

France announced its arrival as a power in women's soccer at the 2011 World Cup, and Louisa Necib was pulling all the strings. Playing with an impudence that defines many of the game's most exciting players, Necib appears to think there is no pass too outrageous, no hole too small to thread with a perfectly played pass. She is the axis around which the French team revolves, and from whom its most incisive attacks are often begun. Many liken her to a female Zinedine Zidane, the legendary World Cup winner – a comparison strengthened by the fact that she, too, has Algerian roots. 


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