Soccerex Reveal Thomas, Friedel, Curbishley Talk on GB Team Debate

By Community | March 24, 2011

Organisers of the Soccerex European Forum have announced that Olympic Medal winner Iwan Thomas MBE will be joining a special session at next week’s event, medic including Aston Villa and ex-USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel, Rachel Ely, Football Competition Manager, London 2012 Organising Committee and Alan Curbishley, former Charlton Athletic and West Ham manager, to look at the viability of a GB team participation in the competition for the first time in 40 years.

Currently the English Football Association is set to manage the GB team but the Irish, Scottish and Welsh are unwilling for their players to participate due to worries over losing their individual statuses in the eyes of FIFA.

Iwan Thomas will give his first hand experience of competing in the Olympics having won a Silver medal in the 1996 Games in Atlanta as well as Gold medals in the World Championships, European Championships and EAA European Cup. As well as representing Great Britain he also represented Wales in the Commonwealth Games, where he again won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.

Iwan will be joined by Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who has represented his country in three FIFA World Cup tournaments as well as the 1992 Olympic Games. The former Charlton Athletic and West Ham manager Alan Curbishley will be the final member of the panel, drawing on his years of player and management experience in English football.

This highly topical subject is part of a diverse agenda reflecting the latest issues in European Football including Financial Fair Play, sponsorship, rights holder relationships, digital media and fan interaction and International FA development.