Posted: 2/2/2018
Title: LIONESSES TO TOKYO 2020

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          Both the mens and womens Team GB football teams sat out the 2016 Rio Olympics but after both playing at the 2012 London Olympics it seems that the men will not compete in the forceable future, but the wome's chances of competing at the next summer Olympics are very possible.

       Greg Clark. Chairman of the English FA has evidently reached an agreement with the other thre home associations, The FA of Wales, The Irish FA and the Scottish FA to make it happen. In the past the associations have been worried that the emergence  of Great Britain teams would undermine their independence with FIFA.

        In 1960 at the Rome Olympics, the last time prior to 2012 that the men competed,I watched England tie 2-2 in the Stadio Flaminio in Rome with a team of amateurs from what we would now call non league clubs. In 2012 it was a little different. I witnessed a double header mens match at Old Traffford with Uruguay defeating UAE 2-1 followed by GB 1-Senegal 1,  with a goal from Craig Bellamy. 72,000 in attendance. Further results included 85,000 at Wembley for GB 3 v UAE 1 and 1-0 win over Uruguay at Cardiff with 70,000. They lost 5-4 on pks in Cardiff in the quarter finals to South Korea.after a 1-1 draw.

       The women sailed through the first roundswith 9 points including a 1-0 victory over Brazil at Wembley in front of over 70,000,before losing the quarter final in Coventry 2-0to Canada Under  new head coach Phil Neville they hope to win gold in Tokyo with mostly English players but probably more than last time from the other home nations.  " After 6 months in Valencia I knew all about the club and spoke fluent Spanish", said Neville, who still lives there with his family as his 15 year old son Harvey Neville is doing very well with the Academy team.

        It was great to see a FA WSL 2 match last Sunday after a winter break at The Coach & Horses Ground between Sheffield FC and Tottenham  Hotspur. After a huge pulled pork sarnie in the pub attached to the ground it was a fiesty contest. 4-3 to the hosts, who were down to 9 players with 30 minutes to go. This weekend sees both the Div 1 and Div ll teams compete in the FA Women's Cup.

         Last night Phil was at the Chelsea v Manchester City FA WSL 1 contest at which the England No 1 goalkeeper Karen Bardsley fell badly in the 2nd minute and went to hospital. Substitute Ellie Roebuck came in and kept a clean sheet for a 0-0 tie that keeps the Light Blues top of the table.

         Over in Barcelona former Everton player and England striker Toni Dugan is enjoying life and is top scorer with 9 goals as Barca lead the league at the half way point. She is the first English women to join a major European league team. They play at MINI ESTADI (Catalan) across from Nou Camp with a two tiered 18,000 capacity stadium. Age 17 on a visit she had a photo taken next to a life size poster of Lionel Messi. Last September at a phocall for both mens and womens teams she had her photo taken with a live Luis Suarez, who joked that his little boy still  spoke with a Scouse(Liverpool) accent.

      In The Champpions Legaue quarter final Barca play home and away against Lyon, and MAY play Manchester City in the semi-final stage if City get past Linkoping of Sweden.

 

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