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GMF's Olympic Dream Team

Bolt and Blake both make the team. (©GettyImages)
Bolt and Blake both make the team. (©GettyImages).

Goalkeeper

Michael Phelps - USA

The Baltimore Bullet possesses the ideal physique for a goalkeeper - tall and streamlined with the frame to dominate his penalty area.

Yes, Phelps is it home in the water, but he can cover vast distances with a standing dive, and all those last gasp stretches for the line will help the 27-year-old claw away shots with his finger-tips.

Phelps captains the side due to his major tournament experience.

Defence

Yohan Blake - Jamaica

The prospect of facing Blake would be one to fill any opposition winger with dread, and The Beast would keep even the most rapid of opponents at bay.

Blake would also provide our Olympic team with a penetrative option at full-back, while the Jamaican sprinter can track back at pace to make some last ditch challenges.

Ricardo Blas Jr - Guam

Blas Jr laboured to prominence not so much for his talent as a judoka but more for his incredible size, with the athlete from Guam weighing in at a quite staggering 34st.

The 25-year-old may not be as nimble as the modern-day centre-back, but plonk him on the edge of the penalty area and any striker would struggle to navigate around him.

 



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Tomasz Majewski - Poland

Size is a commodity highly valued in this Olympic team, and alongside one gargantuan centre-back comes another in the shape of double-Olympic gold medalist Majewski.

The 6ft8in Pole took glory in the shot put in 2008 and 2012, and would strike fear deep into the heart of any player to stare him in they eye. He also wears a cool bandana.

Adam Gemili - Great Britain

What's this - an impostor! Ok, so Gemili actually has played football at professional level but this Olympic team is in need of player with some experience, albeit minimal.

The Great Britain sprinter was a youth player for Chelsea before moving to Reading and then Dagenham and Redbridge, while he spent a spell on loan with Thurrock only last season.

Midfielders

Usain Bolt - Jamaica

With Blake playing at right-back, it felt only right to slide training partner, two-time Olympic champion and double world record holder Bolt in front of his compatriot.

Bolt laid waste to the field in the 100m final on Sunday evening, and would do the same to any opposition full-back. Although he might need to work on his end product.

Mo Farah - Great Britain

Farah provides our Olympic team with the ultimate engine, and his box-to-box running will be pivotal in any hypothetical future success.

The 10,000m gold medalist will ensure no opposition midfielder is given an easy ride, and will provide important cover for our questionably slow central defenders. Did you know he also defeated The Cube?



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Bradley Wiggins - Great Britain

Wiggins, like Farah, can keep going all day, but the Tour de France winner has that maverick way about him and will provide the midfield with some creative spark.

Ok, so Wiggins spends his days riding a bike, but the 31-year-old has shown his versatility by swapping the track for the road, and why can't the football pitch be next?

Kirani James - Grenada

James is the overwhelming favourite to complete a World and Olympic double by taking home the gold medal in the 400m later this week, and provides this team with some cut and thrust down the left flank.

Aged only 19, James is somewhat of a gamble as an immediate inclusion, but the Grenadian could prove to be the match-winner for this imaginary side.

Strikers

Oh Jin-Hyek - South Korea

If there is one man who can be relied on to hit the target when under pressure, then it is Oh - the South Korean archer who took gold at London 2012.

The 30-year-old just needs one chance to test the goalkeeper, and is unlikely to be short of opportunities with Bolt and James peppering the box.

Song Dae-Nam - South Korea

With one striker poised to take advantage of any opportunity that comes his way, the other is a workhorse tasked with laying on the chances for his partner. Think Owen and Heskey.

Song is the man for the job in this team, with the 90kg judo goal medalist not afraid of a scrap and able to wriggle out of even the tightest defensive holds.

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