You might have noticed that UK didn’t participate in football at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, because England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland compete in all other international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships individually. There has been no British Olympic team since 1960, partly because of fears it could jeopardise individual sides.
Now a row has broken out whether Great Britain football team should be put together for London 2012 Olympics. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said that he wants to see both men’s and women’s team playing in the country which invented football, but some people in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales think it could mean they will end up losing their national sides in other tournaments.
We’ll see how it goes. In the mean time, Scots are pleased because Glasgow will host the football.