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21-10-2011, 12:46 PM #1
All a little bit strange, especially as it is being held during a summer with the Euro's. The under 23 age restriction and the fact that the womens team is probably better (whether Rooney plays or not) makes this a very difficult prospect to consider, largely because its difficult to know what to make of it!
In terms of importance it probably ranks just below an ITV re-run of a "classic" Inspector Morse episode, and it is about as popular outside England as deep fried Mars bars. But, onwards and upwards, I am British and I love football so I will support this team, but to be fair it really can't be worth the hastle in an already over-crowded fixture list.
At least there will finally be a footy team that actually wants to play in the Olympic Stadium.
Anyway, what do you make of it?
21-10-2011, 03:02 PM #2
Well with all the policital nonsense that this team has already caused I personally couldn't give a toss.
Stuart Pearce as coach? Do me a favour, there are hundreds of UK based coaches who would do a better job.
Also if we are to pick 3x over 23's I am sure we can do better than Giggs & Beckham. Also anyone who thinks Shrek will play are deluded as this will coincide with the start of the league season.
The Scottish FA have ruled out any of their players competing. Well to be fair how many would have been selected?
I would be happy with Bale, Ramsey from Wales though and maybe Evans from NI but there are not many Scottish youngsters coming through really.
21-10-2011, 06:01 PM #3
I'm actually very interested in the British Olympic team and Olympic football in general. With the British Olympic team the intrigue lies in the national makeup of the team, who will get picked. Personally I think Beckham should go, I see him play every week and I think he can handle that level. Same for Giggs, if he can play for United he can play for GB. I'm a bit confused with the Scotish and Welsh, they both made statements but it's unclear whether they have the ability to prevent their players from competing. Also I'm sure any punishment for participating in a legal team wouldn't be allowed by FIFA. Anyways, I think Adam should go from Scotland and there's your 3 over 23.
Here's a few potentials from the home nations. Not the greatest standard but it is the Olympic team.
Charlie Adam (Liverpool)
James Forrest (Celtic)
Barry Bannan (Aston Villa - On loan with Leeds)
Johnny Evans (Manchester United - On loan with Sunderland) *Not Sure if Eligible*
Craig Cathcart (Blackpool)
Ryan Giggs (Manchester United
Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
Jack Collison (West Ham United)
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
Joe Allan (Swansea)
So basically Spain are still going to win, shocker.
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21-10-2011, 06:38 PM #4
21-10-2011, 07:02 PM #5
The Scottish FA are so untrusting of FIFA that they will not let any of their players play for the Olympic team in case they lose their seat on the top table of F.A.'s
21-10-2011, 07:53 PM #6
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21-10-2011, 07:57 PM #7
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21-10-2011, 10:24 PM #8
21-10-2011, 10:40 PM #9
its not really up to spurs thats the problem, i hear some scottish players are willing to play but they wouldnt be the top players so probily wouldnt get picked anyway
21-10-2011, 10:58 PM #10
22-10-2011, 04:18 AM #11
Same for Jonny Evans - he's made 10 appearances for Man United so far this season.
22-10-2011, 04:45 AM #12
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22-10-2011, 09:21 AM #13
In all seriousness could Wales or Scotland actually take any form of punishment against their players who decide to play?
Imagine if Wales banned Ramsey, Bale etc and Scotland banned Adam, Bannan etc they would simply be shooting themselves in the foot as any faint hope they may harbour of qualification for a major tournament will be gone.
22-10-2011, 09:38 AM #14
22-10-2011, 04:29 PM #15
What other field would you get penalized for participating in a legal group, in which you are eligible to participate? If Scotland/Wales are allowed to penalize their players from competing British Olympic team, why wouldn't they be allowed to penalize them for playing in for a club they don't like? They shouldn't have any control over something that's FIFA sanctioned. Reading statements they're taking this stance in the hopes of keeping their special status, but I'm not sure how acting like this will help them keep preferred terms with FIFA.