March 10 – Britain could field a football team made up entirely of English players at the 2012 London Olympics, Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe said again today during a debate on the subject in the House of Commons.
March 20 – England deserves to host the 2018 World Cup, Mohamed Bin Hammam, the president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), has said.
March 18 – Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond (pictured) today claimed the row over a British football team at the 2012 Olympics showed why his country should be independent.
MARCH 8 – A PARLIAMENTARY debate into the proposed united British football team for the London 2012 Olympics is to be held on Tuesday and attended by former Scotland manager Craig Brown.
MARCH 4 – MEMBERS of the Scottish Parliament have been told to stay out of the row over whether there should be a British football team at the 2012 London Olympics by Gordon Smith (pictured), the chief executive of the Scottish Football Association.
MARCH 3 – A PETITION against a united British football team competing in the London 2012 Olympics organised by former Scotland manager Craig Brown was today presented to the Scottish Parliament.
Christine Grahame, a member of the Scottish Nationalist Party, presented the petition at Holyrood on behalf of Brown.
She said: “If we were to have a Team GB at the UK Olympics, you can say goodbye to a Scotland team playing internationally.
MARCH 2 – CULTURE SECRETARY Andy Burnham (pictured) has sparked a new politicial row after today issuing a warning to the Scottish Football Association not to retaliate against players called up to join a united British football team at the 2012 Olympics.
FEBRUARY 5 – CRAIG BROWN (picured), the former Scotland manager, has today claimed that the Olympic football tournament is just a “Mickey Mouse” event that means nothing.
He said: “It’s [the Olympics] basically a Mickey Mouse tournament.
FEBRUARY 1 – FIFA PRESIDENT Sepp Blatter (pictured) wants to lower the age limit for the Olympic soccer tournament and ban the addition of three over-23 players, he said today.
DECEMBER 12 – THREE of Britain’s four national soccer team managers today backed a united team for the 2012 London Olympics.
NOVEMBER 16 – TIME is “rapidly running out” for a football club to stake their claim to move to the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games, a senior London official warned during a visit to Barcelona today.
OCTOBER 17 – SCOTLAND’S players should not be forced to miss out on the opportunity of playing football in the 2012 Olympics, David Davies (pictured), the former executive director of the Football Association, said today.
SEPTEMBER 10 – A TOP official in Northern Ireland has claimed that the Province could stage matches in the Olympic football tournament in 2012 if a decision is made on building a new national stadium within the next month.
A SENIOR figure has warned the Football Association that a bid for the 2018 World Cup should not be at the expense of producing the next generation of young English players.
INFLUENTIAL FIFA member Jack Warner (pictured), who could hold the key to England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup, has repeated his attack on English football’s negative view about football in the Caribbean.