On July 27th in London, England, the Games of the XXX Olympiad will begin.The summer Olympics of the modern era began in 1896 in Athens, Greece, and barring the Games missed due to World War I and II, the Games have been contested every four years since.
In some aspects, the Olympics have modernized tremendously, but the spirit of the Games is the same as it was a century ago.
The opening of the Olympic stadium in Berlin that was meant for the 1916 Games, which were cancelled because of World War I.
Due to World War II, the Olympic Games were cancelled until 1948, when they were held in London. Here is Great Britain's football team in 1948.
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