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Day: May 27, 2012

Match Of The Past: Everton

Everton Football Club is one of English footballs great institutions. Founder members of the Football League in 1888, they are second only to Arsenal in terms of their unbroken record in the top flight – they will celebrate their sixtieth consecutive season next year – and have won a clutch of trophies along the way as well. For a look back into their archive, we’re going to take in one defeat but three wins and one of the greatest matches in the entire history of the FA Cup. First up is a match from September 1969 against newly-promoted Derby County. Derby went on to win this match, but Everton ended the 1969/70 season as the champions of England. We’re then fast-forwarding to arguably the clubs greatest ever season. In 1984, the club had won the FA Cup and this qualified them for the following years European Cup Winners Cup. In the semi-finals they were drawn against Bayern Munich and, after drawing 0-0 in the first leg in the Olympic Stadium, returned to Goodison Park to play out one of the greatest nights in the entire history of the club in the second leg. Meanwhile in the league, they had become serious championship challengers, and one performance on Match Of The Day against Sunderland definitively marked out their credentials. For our final two Everton matches, we’re skipping forward to the...

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Euro 2012: The Runners & Riders – Denmark

It seems inconceivable that anyone will be able to mention Denmark in relation to the European Championships without turning the clock back twenty years, to when the Danes were hastily assembled following the forced withdrawal of Yugoslavia from that summers tournament in Sweden and then went and won the entire tournament. The Danes haven’t been quite as fortunate since, but they are a team that consigned one of their group opponents in this summers tournament to a play-off place. Even though they start this tournament as the outsiders to get through the group stages, it would be foolish to merely write them off as cannon fodder for Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. The History: There is a certain irony to the fact that it was in 1992 that Denmark became the champions of Europe, as this came several years after what might have been considered to be the finest Danish team of all time. Denmark’s golden generation came from nowhere and faded from view almost as quickly. They beat England at Wembley in qualifying for the 1984 European Championship finals and, once there, came within a penalty shoot-out of reaching the final of the competition before losing to Spain. The team traveled to Mexico for the World Cup finals two years later with high hopes but, after qualifying from their group which included a thrashing of Uruguay, the team...

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Euro Moments: The Netherlands

This mornings cartoon for the run-up to the European Championships from Dotmund features the Netherlands. Don’t forget, you can see plenty more Dotmund artwork here, and you can read his trenchant opinions on just about everything here. You can download the Twohundredpercent Euro 2012 spreadsheet here (for Excel 2007), whilst a version that will be compatible with older versions of Excel is available here. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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