The Official Team GB football team thread [R]

Discussion in 'Other Countries' started by Prenn, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. Prenn

    Prenn Member

    Apr 14, 2000
    Northern Ireland
    Club:
    Bolton Wanderers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    This thread is for discussion of the Team GB football team which will compete in the Olympics. The squad announcement is due today. David Beckham and Craig Bellamy are expected to be amongst the squad.
     
  2. The Potter

    The Potter Member+

    Aug 26, 2004
    England
    Club:
    Stoke City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
  3. Prenn

    Prenn Member

    Apr 14, 2000
    Northern Ireland
    Club:
    Bolton Wanderers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    I'm quite surprised by that. Given the 'ceremonial' nature of Team GB I thought a place in the squad would have been his reward for the work he's done in regards to the Olympics.

    Giggs, Bellamy and Richards will be the over age players.
     
  4. The Potter

    The Potter Member+

    Aug 26, 2004
    England
    Club:
    Stoke City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    My big fear is Pearce does well and sets himself up for the senior job.
     
  5. Prenn

    Prenn Member

    Apr 14, 2000
    Northern Ireland
    Club:
    Bolton Wanderers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Not gonna happen, he's on his way out at the FA.
     
  6. sendorange

    sendorange Member+

    Jun 7, 2003
    Bigsoccer.com
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Unless Pearce flukes a gold he is dead man walking, and about time. This Becks thing should hopefully make it more likely he is got rid of.
     
  7. cr7torossi

    cr7torossi Member+

    May 10, 2007
    It is a pretty decent team so a medal is well possible.
     
  8. Naughtius Maximus

    Jul 10, 2001
    Shropshire
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Really?
     
  9. Prenn

    Prenn Member

    Apr 14, 2000
    Northern Ireland
    Club:
    Bolton Wanderers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    If the rumours I've heard are to be believed.
     
  10. sendorange

    sendorange Member+

    Jun 7, 2003
    Bigsoccer.com
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Bale definitely out injured and I heard Walker as well.
     
  11. Prenn

    Prenn Member

    Apr 14, 2000
    Northern Ireland
    Club:
    Bolton Wanderers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    News reports indicate the team will contain English and Welsh players only.
     
  12. The Potter

    The Potter Member+

    Aug 26, 2004
    England
    Club:
    Stoke City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    So that's the best player gone, great.:rolleyes: I think this will be ugly.
     
  13. cr7torossi

    cr7torossi Member+

    May 10, 2007
    If Wilshere and Cleverley are fit, I think it would be a less uglier watch than the NT even more so if Allen is brought in as a replacement for Bale.
     
  14. The Potter

    The Potter Member+

    Aug 26, 2004
    England
    Club:
    Stoke City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Wilshere isn't going, Ramsey is I believe.
     
  15. sendorange

    sendorange Member+

    Jun 7, 2003
    Bigsoccer.com
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Clearly you've not seen Pearce manage a team before, and if you think it's any kind of advantage to lose Bale you are clueless.
     
  16. CCSoccerFan

    CCSoccerFan Member

    May 2, 2009
    Becks had a phenomenal goal from a free kick tonight for the Galaxy. Too bad he won't be on your Olympics team. He is in great shape and plays more defensive now than I ever remember since he came to LA. I would love to have him on our USA team!
     
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  17. cr7torossi

    cr7torossi Member+

    May 10, 2007
    I have seen enough of Pearce to know that he is likely to play Cleverley as a right winger and play Muamba in central midfield instead.

    However he hasn't selected his favorites like Muamba or Rose so hopefully not.


    As for Bale, he is nowhere near as good as you Spurs fans like to believe but I digress, my point was aesthetically speaking, if Allen was brought in to replace Bale, the football played would still not be ugly. Nothing to do with the actual results.
     
  18. Prenn

    Prenn Member

    Apr 14, 2000
    Northern Ireland
    Club:
    Bolton Wanderers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    I can almost forgive not knowing that Wilshere is out til October at the earliest but this.... this...

    :poop:
     
  19. cr7torossi

    cr7torossi Member+

    May 10, 2007
    Is it incorrect to even mention Muamba? Or do I need to add a "good luck with his recovery" every time I mention him?
     
  20. Prenn

    Prenn Member

    Apr 14, 2000
    Northern Ireland
    Club:
    Bolton Wanderers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Muamba is unlikely to ever play football again.
     
  21. WarGalaxy

    WarGalaxy Member+

    May 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This might of been the one and only major international tournament Bale could of ever been apart of.

    Roy Hodgson really sabotaged this GB Olympic team by selecting Phil Jones, Martin Kelly, Jordan Henderson, & Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to England's Euro squad.

    In my mind, this is a huge conspiracy to weaken team GB. IF GB would of won the Gold medal in Football there would of been talk about perhaps merging all of GB on all internationals stages (which it technically should be). However, that's a lot off money to miss out on. That would mean merging four FA's into one, and merging four international sides into one. I'm sure some countries would love to make money by sending four different teams into qualification tournaments, even if really only one has a shot at qualifying.

    I don't blame Bale for not wanting to be apart of this farce, if there was no chance to win a medal. Just enjoy your short off season. If GB united and threw all their support and all their FA's behind this Olympic squad they could of challenged Brazil for the gold. Shame. What could of been.​
     
  22. WarGalaxy

    WarGalaxy Member+

    May 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Assuming that all of GB got behind this team, and every single FA (and clubs) in GB were supporting it and encouraging their players to take apart in it; and ticky-tack injuries weren't a factor. This would be my ultimate 18 GB team if I were assembling it (apologies ahead of time to N.Ireland).

    STARTING VI:
    GK - Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers) E
    LB - Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) W
    CB- Phil Jones (Manchester United) E
    CB- Chris Smalling (Manchester United) E
    RB- Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) E
    MF- Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) W
    MF- Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) S
    MF- Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) W
    LW- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) E
    RW- Theo Walcott (Arsenal) E
    CF- Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) E

    BENCH:
    GK- Jason Steele (Middlesbrough) E
    DF- Martin Kelly (Liverpool) E
    DF- Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur) E
    MF- Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) S
    MF- Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) E
    MF- Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) E
    FW- Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea) E

    This line-up of course means that Welbeck, Walcott, ect. were left off the England Euro squad (dreaming) freeing them up to be selected to the Olympic squad, and guys like Micah Richards and Frank Lampard took their spots making them not eligible for this squad as the three over 23 year old's. Of course because Green was only a bystander at the Euro's I think he would of been fresh enough to play at the Olympics without jeopardizing his EPL season. My three over aged players would of been...
    GK - Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers) E
    MF- Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) W
    MF- Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) S

    This team would of been strong and athletic up top, with and Giggs and Flecther controlling the midfield, and veteran GK Robert Green organizing the back line. This team, I think, would actually challenge Brazil (which is basically sending its full national team to the Olympics).
     
  23. The Potter

    The Potter Member+

    Aug 26, 2004
    England
    Club:
    Stoke City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Hmm. Don't think you really undertand the English, Scotish, Welsh, N.Irish world view of the game but thanks for your input.
     
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  24. WarGalaxy

    WarGalaxy Member+

    May 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Politics aside, how is Wales any different then Catalonia? They have a national team too, that was established in 1904, however there's is not recognized by FIFA or UEFA.

    So buddy, what's the "English, Scotish, Welsh, N.Irish world view of the game"?

    It was pretty clear Vicente del Bosque could of easily named David de Gea, Thiago Alcantara, and Iker Muniain to the Spain's Euro squad deservedly, but it would of knocked all of them out of the Olympics. Spain brought an extremely veteran squad, the only player named to Spain's team that would of been eligible for u-23 consideration was Jordi Alba. England could of done the same.
     
  25. The Potter

    The Potter Member+

    Aug 26, 2004
    England
    Club:
    Stoke City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Have you really just said 'politics aside' when discussing whether discussing whether a country (or not) get affiliated to FIFA? haha , quite a big aside.
     

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