Welsh, Scots and Irish resist call for unified British soccer team

09/21/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Plans to field men's and women's soccer teams to represent Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics have met with criticism from the associations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which released a statement opposing the move. The idea has caused controversy among pundits and players and highlighted the lack of a strong common identity. Scottish fans, for example, often root vehemently against the English team. "I would rather lose as Scotland than win as Great Britain," said soccer coach Craig Brown.

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