Could we see another Great Britain football team at the Olympics?
The Football Association have revealed plans are in place to enter a Great Britain football team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, according to BBC Sport.
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The FA have written to their fellow home nation associations to see if an arrangement can be made to ensure that both a male and female team can be entered into the competition.
A British Olympic Association official revealed, “We have received confirmation from the FA of their intention.”
If the proposal was successful, then it would be the second consecutive Games where a football team has been entered, after an absence of 42 years.
The men’s team have won the gold medal on three occasions, the last of which was in 1912. In 2012, Stuart Pearce led his side to the quarter-finals, before they lost to eventual Bronze medallists South Korea, on penalties.
Hope Powell’s women’s side also reached the quarter-final stage, also coincidentally losing to the Bronze medallists – this time Canada – in what was their first ever appearance in the competition.
The tournament, however, will coincide with Euro 2016, and with an increasing number of nations involved, it may mean that we see a number of players making themselves unavailable for the male Olympic squad.