Autonomy, Misrepresentation & That Most Peculiar Beast: Team GB


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. Rob says:

    I wonder if this is the FA’s repose to the lack of support over their stance in the FIFA presidency election.

    The FA can do this knowing that they have very little to lose (if FIFA go back on their word and force a UK side in future, the FA would push to be the FA that survived on the basis that they have the largest current setup), and maybe even a handful of things to gain – the logistics of the leagues merging under one UK league system would be a headache they could delegate to the leagues, with the addition of Rangers and especially Celtic to the FA Cup being another selling point to the Rest of the World.

    Just because they can do this, doesn’t make it anything other than a petty and pisspoor decision, though.

  2. Ian says:

    That is certainly one of the conspiracy theories that I considered and it would be a shitty thing to do. I’m unsure that we’ll ever hear the truth behind it all.

  3. FFFFFC says:

    ***with the addition of Rangers and especially Celtic to the FA Cup being another selling point to the Rest of the World.***

    But hardly a selling point to anyone living outside Scotland to promise them regular pissed-up invasions.

  4. Thezzaruz says:

    What I have not yet figured out is why this is still and issue when the competition regulations for the Olympic football tournament demands that teams are entered by a FIFA recognized association and also uses the same eligibility conditions as normally applies to national teams.
    Or in other words, the team the English association enters can only select players that they would usually be able to select otherwise they would be guilty of fielding an illegal team…

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