Day: June 30, 2011

Doing It For A Good Cause: 30/06/2011

Due to a brief summer break, this week’s quick round-up football charities is a little later than usual, but this evening we have another couple of causes related to the game which prove that, for all of the bad news that seems to be out there – and it can seem, from time to time, to be perpetual – there is still some good that can come from the heart of the game. This evening, we are delighted to be spreading the word for KitAid, Non-League Day and the Bob Wilson Soccer Cycle, but don’t forget that, if you are involved in a football-related charity project, we do this once a week on Twohundredpercent, so, if you would like your cause to be featured on this page, feel free to drop us a line via our contact page. KitAid: Football shirts and kits, as many of you will already be more than aware, can be a very emotive subject. They are badges of allegiance for most supporters, and this is a universal habit of supporters the world over. When Derrick Williams MBE, an employee of a water company, made a charity trip to Tanzania in 1998, he was astonished by the reception that the football shirts that he took with him received when he wore them. Upon his return, Derrick set up KitAid, a charity to send unwanted football...

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Thursday Picture: Struck By Lightning

Dotmund has always been a fan of football manager’s excuses, and you don’t get any better excuses than from the coaches of national sides from countries with oppressive regimes. Even so, North Korea’s Kim Kwang-min still managed to go above and beyond with his reason why his team had lost their opening match in the 2011 Women’s World Cup. What happened next had a grim kind of inevitability about it, we’re afraid. Click for bigger Tweet us up good and hard… Dotmund |...

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The 2011 Women’s World Cup: The Story So Far

British Eurosport’s ubiquitous football commentator Tim Caple was doing his level best not to say there were “no easy games in international football these days.” Some clichés are oft-repeated because of the element of truth therein, but there were certainly no “easy games” in the first round of matches at this year’s Women’s World Cup in Germany. Nothing suggested that the semi-final line-up in this year’s tournament will be anything other than Germany, Brazil, the United States and A.N. Other. However, the performances of ‘lesser’ teams such as Canada, Colombia and New Zealand contributed to an absorbing first round of matches, which were all competitive and largely free of the fear of losing which so often besmirches early games in international tournament finals. And Equatorial Guinea’s display in defeat against Norway produced a near-classic. The matches were also largely free of the confusing side-effects of FIFA’s habit of introducing rule changes at the start of such tournaments, although an audibly irritated Caple detected the introduction of the “push-in”, which appeared to replace the “throw-in” during the United States’ match with Korea DPR. The competitive nature of all the teams might have a slightly debilitating effect on the goals-per-game ratio, with little sign of the occasional multi-goal thrashing which usually boosts that statistic – think Germany’s 11-0 hockeying of Argentina in 2007’s opening match. Equally significant has been the quality...

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