Will the GB football teams be united at 2012?
Football will kick off the London 2012 Olympics when the women's competition starts at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on 25 July, two days before the official opening ceremony.
The men's and women's competitions will each involve 28 nations from six confederations playing at six venues across England, Scotland and Wales.
Granted a place as the host nation, it will be the first time that Great Britain & Northern Ireland has entered a football team in the men's competition since 1960, and the debut appearance for the women since its introduction in 1996.
But as a BBC Radio 5 Live special Team GB United will discuss at 2000 GMT on Thursday, there are more questions than answers about the two teams that will represent the home nations next year.
Top of the list is the thorny and, so far, divisive issue of whether all of the home nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will come together.
Could Wales duo Ramsey and Bale feature in the GB team in 2012? Photo: PA
Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have made it clear they do not want their players to participate. Their argument is that involving them at the games could jeopardise their independent status with world football's ruling body Fifa. Currently they participate as individual nations at the World Cup and European Championship and are granted an automatic seat on the eight-man International Football Association Board.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has tried to assuage their fears, promising during the 125th International Football Association Board (IFAB) conference in early March that the home nations' independence would not be compromised by a joint GB team.
But Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford epitomised the doubts of the Celtic nations when he said: "I absolutely took on board Mr Blatter's comments. They were very well received. But Mr Blatter is one person within many in Fifa.
"Ultimately, we want to ensure that we are protected, both now and in the future, and to ensure that we have a Welsh team competing at the highest level possible, representing our country going forth in the European Championship and World Cup."
Former Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith has other reservations. He told BBC Radio 5 live that he felt the Olympics should be the pinnacle of any sport but that was not the case with football. He also argued that it could be seen as morally wrong to have age limits at the Olympics. The football tournament is essentially an Under-23 competition for the men, with each squad allowed three players over the age of 23, while the women's tournament has no age restrictions.
The British Olympic Association has given the English Football Association the responsibility of putting the squads together. There is a similar situation in hockey, where England, the highest ranked of the home nations, organise and run the GB Olympic team. The BOA is extremely keen for the football teams to be all inclusive, comprising players from all the home nations.
"The BOA has said that [the football plans] are not acceptable as it stands because it is prejudicial, so we are working through an alternative selection process," said English FA general secretary Alex Horne.
One possible tactic to allay the fears of the Scottish, Welsh and Irish has been put forward by former Irish FA president Jim Boyce, who on 1 June will start a four-year term as Britain's new Fifa vice-president. He is prepared to lobby the Fifa executive committee to introduce a statute that will protect the status of the home nations if they participate in the Olympics on a one-off basis as a unified Great Britain side.
But Smith has made it clear that he does not think there will be a change of heart from the Celtic nations, particularly the entrenched views held north of the border.
"We had meetings with the four home nations when I was with the SFA," said Smith, who stepped down from his role in April 2010. "It was said that it would be an English team in the Olympics - and that it would be made very clear that Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales were not part of it. I do not see any way back from that."
Thursday's Team GB United programme will be hosted by former English FA executive director David Davies. He represented football on the BOA council from 1998 until 2006 and was keen to see a GB football team as part of the ultimately successful bid to bring the 2012 Olympics to London.
"I do not think that anybody would deny that in this situation politics and sport is colliding," said Davies. "There are very strong views on both sides.
"The question we have to ask is whether some of the players are finding themselves caught in the middle and how fair is that?"
Argentina won gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Photo: Getty Images
The Olympics could be the highest stage on which some GB players get to perform at international level. Since Scotland qualified for France 98, only England of the home nations has a senior men's team that has reached a major finals. Northern Ireland have not been to one since the 1986 World Cup. For Wales you have to go way back to 1958. At the London Olympics the Welsh could provide players such as Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale, who has already expressed an interest in playing at the Games.
There have been reports that several women footballers from Scotland have been seeking legal advice to establish whether there would be repercussions if they participated at the Olympics - and it appears there is nothing to stop the BOA from selecting players from all of the home nations, regardless of the stance of respective associations.
A decision is expected this summer on the identity of the men's coach. England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce has been strongly linked with the role, as has current Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, who will feature on the Radio 5 live programme. Current England boss Hope Powell is the favourite to land the women's role but once again there is no exact timeframe in place for any appointment.
A BOA representative told me that they are continuing to hold discussions with the English FA regarding the GB team. They are hoping to resolve any issues as quickly as possible, especially with regard to selection criteria and other issues such as the naming of a coach.
The BOA has yet to receive the Olympic Qualifying Standard document from Fifa and the International Olympic Committee that will help them ensure that any GB football teams entered in the competition come up to scratch in terms of credible on-field performers and off-field legacy plans.
At some point this year it is expected that a long-list of potential players will be named for both squads. It will be fascinating to see whether they contain players from all of the home nations and, if they do, how the associations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland react.
The schedule for the two football competitions have been released but with many qualifying competitions not scheduled to finish until 2012 we will not know who will play where, against whom and when for quite some time.
And even less certain is who will be in the Great Britain teams hoping to win their first Olympic football medals since an amateur men's side struck gold in Sweden in 1912.
Team GB United will be broadcast on BBC Radio 5 live on Thursday 24 March between 2000 and 2130 GMT