Pearce takes Olympics role

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Stuart Pearce will lead Team GB's Olympic football team in London after the Football Association appointed the England under-21 manager as head coach.

Team GB return to the men's Olympic football tournament for the first time since the Rome 1960 Games, and compete in the women’s Olympic football tournament for the first time ever.

Despite opposition from the Welsh and Scottish boards, the FA has pressed ahead with plans to enter a side for the 2012 Games, and Pearce will be at the helm.

"I am extremely proud to have this opportunity and I'm very much looking forward to getting started," said Pearce.

"I was fortunate to be part of Euro '96, so I know how special it can be to play for your country on home soil at a major tournament.


"I'm sure this group of players will relish being part of not only a huge tournament in this country, but a unique one competing together and representing the UK."

England head coach Hope Powell will take up the same role with the Team GB women's football team for next summer's tournament.

She said: "I'm delighted to be in the position to be able to take a team into such an illustrious tournament, I just wish it was starting tomorrow."

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