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Day: September 11, 2007

Court circular

A quick word about what I’ve got planned for this rudderless week here on Twohundredpercent. Tomorrow, we have a world exclusive England match preview winging its way in from a veteran observer – quite literally, in fact, as he’s sending it by pigeon. On Friday, you can also look forward to a guest piece from the people at The Onion Bag. Otherwise, I’ll be trying to gamely discuss televised football coverage and kick-off times in such a way as you hopefully won’t notice too much that it’s someone other than normal doing it. Also on the schedule (which, with a tragedy bordering on the obscene, I have actually written down) is a Sunday morning non-league match report and, to finish, a Monday morning picture. PLUS! As promised yesterday, I will be interspersing all this with five editions of Baker and Kelly, in three installments. Today’s is the last of the France 98 series, a 3 o’clock kick-off from 12th July – World Cup Final day. Baker and Kelly, 12th July 1998 I hope you enjoy both it and the rest of the stuff I scrape together for you this next...

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Start as you mean to go on

The fifth FIFA Women’s World Cup began yesterday in China, with a much-fancied German side putting Argentina to the sword. The final result – 11-0 – was a record for the tournament, and was made all the more enjoyable for the neutral by the fact that the scoring was bookended by identical mistakes by the Argentina goalkeeper, Vanina Correa. The first and last goals saw her flapping at a corner kick so ineffectively that the ball spun backwards over her head and into the net. Readers in the UK can see highlights here, courtesy of the BBC who, it’s heartening to note, will be covering the whole tournament. Germany’s next opponents will be England, who begin their campaign today in Shanghai against Japan. Perhaps the most pleasing element to this World Cup tournament when compared to the men’s event is the lack of hoo-haa and media scrum, which basically just leaves you with a football tournament. 16 teams in 4 groups, with many of the favourites (naturally enough) drawn against one another straight away. Group A: Argentina, England, Germany, Japan Germany and England should be the favourites here. Germany are the reigning World and European champions, and their display against Argentina should strike fear into the hearts of the opposition. England – who have a fit-again Kelly Smith, one of the best women players in the world – will...

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