Day: June 13, 2014

The 200% World Cup: Spain vs Netherlands – Live!

Defending champions Spain kick off their defence of the World Cup against the Netherlands at the Arena Fonte Nova in what is a sequel to the 2010 final. Spain haven’t had the most difficult friendlies to contend with on their way to the tournaments opener and had two successful victories over Bolivia and El Salvador. The number one ranker side on the planet made easy work of the qualification campaign with an unbeaten run through all eight fixtures delivering six wins and a goal difference of positive eleven. While they seem to be pushing forward, their 3-0 defeat in...

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The 200% World Cup: Mexico vs Cameroon – Live!

The pressure has lifted on Mexico after last nights result. Expected by many to be the second team to push through the groups, they managed to overcome the hosts in the 2012 Olympic final and will be out to upset the odds once again. They have however stuttered lately with two losses, against Bosnia and Portugal, during the build up to these finals. In fact, their whole qualifying campaign was much closer than it should have been. Mexico made hard work out of their groups and needed to overcome New Zealand in their play-off round. Probably the most worrying statistic...

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Hereford United – How It Came To This

On the week that marked the start of another World Cup Finals, there was sad news from home with the expulsion of Hereford United from the Football Conference. Here’s John Perkins on how it came to this. The week starting June 9, 2014 is one that will be viewed with a special horror by many people. On the Monday, many people were devastated to hear of Rik Mayall’s untimely death at the relatively young age of 56. Worse was to come for a much smaller segment of the population at 11 a.m. on Tuesday June 10th when Hereford United fans were told that that the club had been expelled from the Conference for not satisfying the requirements to continue in the League. This was expected by many of us but it made it no less difficult to come to terms with. So how did we get here and what does it mean for the long term? And honestly why should anyone care about a team from a small city in the gloriously scenic border country with Wales? Hereford fans are occasionally accused of trading too much on the events of January 1972 but Ronnie Radford’s thunderbolt and Ricky George’s injury time winner against Newcastle are what set things in motion for the club after almost 50 years as a non-league outfit. They were promoted on the strength of this game via...

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The 200% World Cup: Chile vs Australia – Live!

The first big concern in this one is whether Chile’s star midfielder Arturo Vidal is fit and able to play tonight. The Juventus player has been struggling with inflammation in his right knee following an operation on his meniscus last month and was expected to be out for the whole of the group phase. They are far from a one man band though, as their third place finish in the South American qualifying section shows. They ended the campaign just four points behind Argentina, three ahead of Uruguay and now sit 14th in the FIFA rankings – above the...

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The 200% World Cup: Artist’s Impression number 1

Every morning during the World Cup we are going to send an expeditionary force down to the fetid lair of our semi-trained hominid and resident artist Dotmund to prod him with a stick and see if he’s got any drawings of the previous night’s action lying around. This morning’s dawn raid yielded fruit, as he mourns those players on the fringes of the Brazilian squad who just missed out on the final 23. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter here. Dotmund also has a Twitter, another blow for the...

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