The Olympics are here. Finally. Thank goodness. There may be a slight lack of suitable accommodation and sporting facilities but that isn’t our problem.

With the Rio Olympics comes more football, and today The Football Sack presents to you the dummies guide to female footballers at the Rio Olympics.

Marta (BRA) 

The Brazilian midfield ace has an illustrious record behind her as she enters her home Olympics. Currently playing for Sweden’s FC Rosengard, Marta featured in the Top Three of FIFA’s Female World Player of the Year for a staggering 11 years in a row between 2004 and 2014. And for a five-year stretch in that time, Marta Vieira da Silva took home the top gong each year.

Still only thirty years old, Marta is an enormous threat on the world stage, so make sure you watch her in Rio and realise why she is heralded as one of the best female footballers of all time.

Carli Lloyd (USA) 

The winner of 2015’s FIFA World Player of the Year award, Lloyd has seemingly achieved everything there is to achieve in women’s football and sports the kind of Football CV I’d love to have if I wasn’t such a hack on the park.

Lloyd has won two Olympic Gold Medals with Team USA, scoring the winner in both Gold Medal matches, achieved a third, second and first place finish in FIFA Women’s World Cups, and in 2015 became the only player to ever score a hat trick in the final of a Women’s World Cup.

With the USA looking one of the teams, if not the team to beat in this tournament, expect Lloyd to feature heavily in all of their matches, and make sure you enjoy watching her. At 34 years of age, it may very well be her last run on the international circuit.

Lisa De Vanna (AUS)

Our very own Lisa De Vanna looks set to shine this Olympics, as the only remaining member of the side that played in the 2004 Athens games. The West Australian native is a hard-working, pacy forward whose superb dribbling skills are the only natural force match-proven to cause weakening of a defender’s knees.

De Vanna used to work at a petrol station when she wasn’t playing football, including after a world-class performance at the 2007 World Cup, where the then-22 year old earned herself a spot in the Team of the Tournament and a nomination for World Player of the Year.

This time out, De Vanna is hell bent on bringing home a medal with a Matildas side that is as strong as it has looked for a while. With Captain De Vanna at the helm, that may very well happen.

Christine Sinclair (CAN)

Canadian native Sinclair has carved an impressive name for herself in the world of Women’s Football for her goal scoring, currently second to American Abby Wambach in the All-Time leading international goal scorers chart.

A winner of the Canadian Footballer of the Year award on an incredible 12 successive occasions, and this year will look to help her side improve on their Bronze Medal finish at the London Olympics, where she claimed the Golden Boot as top goalscorer.

Sinclair has been nominated for World Player of the Year an incredible six times; a solid indication of her stature as a footballer.

At 33 years of age, this Olympics could be Sinclair’s farewell to the international circuit, much like Lloyd, and the Canadian side will be looking to send her out with a bang.

With the female competition stacked to the brim with talent, these four are only a select crop of the stars at the Olympics, so keep an eye out for the bolters, the youngsters and the seasoned veterans as well.

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Former Taswegian now living in the Capital, an intern at The Football Sack. Get in touch at @DavidJordan33 to talk football or anything Sport.