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Ryan Giggs to captain Britain's Olympic team

  • Reuters, Monday, July 9, 2012 12:29 AM

Britain, which will field an Olympic soccer team for the first time since the 1960 Games, will be captained by 38-year-old Welsh winger Ryan Giggs, who has won 12 English Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions Leagues with Manchester United.

The Olympic men's soccer tournament is an under-23 competition in which each team is allowed three overage players. Giggs will captain the team for the first time when it plays Brazil in a warmup at Middlesbrough on July 20.

"Obviously I have the experience and there are a lot of younger players in the squad, so as captain hopefully I can pass that on to the younger players," Giggs said. "It's a tremendous honour to be part of the Olympics and I am really proud to be involved. Different nations have got different views about the Olympics, but as a player I am going to enjoy it and try and win it."

Britain is grouped with Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates and Senegal at the England-hosted Olympics.

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