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FA appoints Team Britain head coaches

(Xinhua)

17:06, October 21, 2011

LONDON, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Stuart Pearce and Hope Powell have been appointed as the managers of Britain football teams who will compete at London 2012 Olympic Games, announced the FA on Thursday.

Pearce, England Under-21s head coach, was named as the men's football team manager while Powell, who has been England women's coach since 1998 was appointed to lead the women's team.

The British Olympic Association reached an agreement with The FA in June for Team Britain to return to the pitch in a men's Olympic football tournament for the first time since the 1960 Rome Games, and compete in the women's Olympic football tournament for the first time ever.

FA Chairman David Bernstein said,"I am delighted for both Hope and Stuart that they will lead us into next summer's Olympic football tournament. With their excellent track record and experience I am convinced we have chosen the best coaches for these positions."

The FA's player evaluation and selection process will begin at once.

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