With almost 50 million players throughout the world, this is the sport that has the most participants. To promote football, the world authorities of the sport created the world cup in 1932. Along with the Olympic games, it is one of the sporting events most popularised by the media.From then onwards, the Olympic football tournament has not been amongst the leading events at the games. The Americans even struck it from the programme in 1932. It was they again who demeaned the Olympic spirit in 1984 by inviting professional teams, to the benefit of France who beat Brazil in the final.Since then, the Olympic tournament is reserved for professionals who are under the age of 23.The best Olympic nations are England, three times winners at the beginning of the century, Hungary, a three times winner as well, this time in the fifties and sixties, and Uruguay, twice champion in the twenties.