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Is World Football Destined to Remain an Olympic Sideshow?

XXX XXXSenior Writer IJuly 26, 2008

It requires an imagination more romantic than mine to embrace the claims that the involvement of a Great Britain football team in the 2012 Olympic Games would electrify the nation.

My skepticism has nothing to do with the resistance of the Celtic minorities of the UK to a concept that might imperil their independent status within FIFA.

I simply believe that Olympic events are never truly great, truly enthralling, unless they represent the absolute pinnacle of competition in a sport.

Disciplines such as athletics and swimming meet that criterion, but football must always be a sideshow at the games.

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Alby Jnr

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