While Premier League managers have shown disdain in releasing players for the Olympics and rumours circulating that Stuart Pearce has reportedly been hit with a lot of knockbacks from players who have been invited to be considered for representing Team GB; it is fair to say that the prospect of Great Britain forming a strong, successful side for London 2012 won’t be without its obstacles.
Football supporters in this country are seemingly just as sceptical at the prospect of a Team GB, largely down to the fact it is a new concept to your average footy fan in the British Isles.
One person who cannot wait for the Olympics is Brazilian sensation Neymar, who is dreaming of representing Brazil at the Games and landing the nation’s first Gold Medal in the tournament.
“This is a dream of mine, I am waiting to play in London and looking forward to it. Brazil have never won the gold and this is a chance for us to bring it back. It’s very important to everyone here.
“People in Europe do not think Olympic football is important because it is less crucial for them to develop young players. If you take a top English team, they will have just a few English players. Because European teams can buy so many players from outside, young players are not so important. In Brazil, we need to develop our youngsters and this is why the Olympic team is more important for us.”
Tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Football Tournament are currently on sale until the 6th February with any remaining tickets being made available in April. For your chance to buy tickets to watch Team GB log on to www.tickets.london2012.com