Welsh wizard Ryan Giggs and young Spaniard David De Gea have today been named as captains at the upcoming Olympics, for Team GB and Spain respectively. The two other reds who will take part in the tournament are Tom Cleverley (Great Britain) and Rafael (Brazil).
Given his stature in world football, bizarrely, the Olympics is Giggs’ first appearance at a major international tournament having never reaching the World Cup or European Championships whilst playing for Wales. Stuart Pearce’s decision to make him captain makes sense as he has much more experience under his belt than the rest of the squad.
“Obviously I have experience and I can pass that on,” he said “Obviously it is a tremendous honour to be part of the Olympics. Stuart has given me the captaincy, which is even better so I am really looking forward to it.
“It is a unique experience and one from the start that I wanted to be part of when I got the opportunity. I think it just got more and more exciting as the Games got nearer and then when the squads were announced I was obviously really, really proud to be involved.”
Although unconfirmed, it’s widely expected that De Gea will be named as Spain’s captain for the upcoming tournament, this is a good chance to stake a claim to be included in Spain’s main squad for the next World Cup in 2014, and maybe even challenge Iker Casillas for the #1 jersey.