Tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Football Tournament will go on sale today a 11am today.
The Tournament will take place at six iconic venues in cities across the UK including Cardiff, Coventry, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester and London.
Fans in the North East can see Brazil, Spain and Mexico at St James' Park.
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A series of special pop up performances in Newcastle will mark the start of the Battle of the Somme.
Sir Peter Bazalgette will be among leading industry figures to be honoured by Sunderland University
Over two thousand men from the North East were killed in the battle. St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle is hosting today's commemorations.