Day: July 11, 2010

The 2010 World Cup Final: Netherlands 0-1 Spain

It’s a curious sight. The BBC’s panel is sitting, for the first time in this tournament suited and booted, in its base studio outside the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, almost eight hundred miles from Johannesberg, where the match itself is being played. It looks deserted, behind them. It probably is – everybody will be at home, watching the build-up to the 2010 World Cup final. Still, at least they won’t have anybody banging on the glass behind them and laughing at Alan Shearer’s male pattern baldness. The preamble to this match carries a somewhat curiously dislocated air to it. The Netherlands have never played Spain in either the European Championship or World Cup finals, so there is no historical precedent between the two teams that can particularly drawn upon, no matter how irrelevant it may be. Instead, the BBC choose to interview Howard Webb (memo to the 2018 bid committee – “England: Referee Of The World” is not an appropriate sub-heading for the tender documents), recreate some moments from the finals through the medium of smiling African boys and then interview a number of people on the subject of what it means to South Africa to host the World Cup (the answer, condensed to three words, is, “quite a lot”). Next up is Garth Crooks, who meets Ruud Krol, a man who, according to Crooks, “epitomised the...

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World Cup 2010: The First Report On The Final

Without wishing to second-guess any of our regular readers, Dotmund figured that nobody on earth was going to watch the World Cup Final on ITV1.  This is something of a shame for this august broadcasting institution, and little compensation for the investment they have made in covering the tournament.  As such, we at Twohundredpercent are pleased to be able to present the full coverage from the other side so that nobody misses out.  This is something of an exclusive, a full three-and-a-half hours before kick-off. (Click the image for full...

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Compare & Contrast In Sussex

Perhaps the most important thing about a financial crisis at a football club is how the club itself reacts to the situation that has pushed it to the edge. Two non-league clubs in the south of England, Crawley Town and Lewes, have given every impression of being in a perpetual state of flux over the last few years but their behaviour this summer couldn’t have been more different, with one choosing a new ownership structure which should go some way towards ensuring that its recent near-death experience is never repeated, while the other has decided to go down the opposite route and spend, spend, spend. Crawley Town’s name has become synonymous with financial management for several seasons, with debts rising as high as £1.8m in 2006 before being cleared, although the club did end up back at the High Court in London in March of this year, fighting off another a winding up petition. Azwar Majeed, one of the brothers that had driven the club so close to the edge, ended up in prison for tax fraud. One might have expected the club to have learnt that financial prudence is key to the club’s long-term survival, but their behaviour in the transfer market this summer is raising concerns that their cycle of boom and bust is about to start again. Since the start of July, when Bruce Winfield became...

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