Great Britain's soccer game of thrones

Updated: January 18, 2012, 11:29 AM ET
By Roger Bennett | Special to ESPN.com

The Olympic Games pride themselves on creating a peerless sense of global unity through such minor sports as beach volleyball and kayaking. Strange, then, that when it comes to soccer, the world's most popular sport, they have triggered a political conflagration among the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish worthy of the "Game of Thrones."

On June 21, the British Olympic Association proudly announced "a historic agreement" had been reached that would "enable Team ...

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