Day: June 14, 2014

The 200% World Cup: Italy vs England – Live!

Well, it’s coming up to eleven o’clock on a Saturday night here in England, and this is, of course, the ideal time to schedule the opening match of England’s 2014 World Cup Finals. But shush. There’s a bit of peace and quiet in the air. A combination of lowered expectations and the gradual thinning out of the more unctuous members of the England team have made the last few weeks somewhat less hysterical than they have been in recent years, and most England supporters seem pretty grounded in the reality of the fact that qualifying from a group which...

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The 200% World Cup: Uruguay vs Costa Rica – Live!

Good evening, everybody, and welcome to Group D, where two of England, Italy, Costa Rica and Uruguay will be going home in a couple of weeks time with their tails between their legs. Later on this evening comes the hysteriafest that will most likely be England vs Italy, but first of all comes the match between the other two teams in England’s group, Uruguay and Costa Rica. Winners of the tournament twice by 1950, it’s unlikely that Uruguay will be the stength in football at international football that they once were, although last time around in South Africa they...

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The 200% World Cup: England in Brazil, 1950

Roy Hodgson’s white and the wrong-sort-of-blue army kick off tonight to begin England’s 2014 World Cup campaign. But, of course, it’s not the first time that our brave, plucky, Three Lions on a shirt, lads have done so. England’s first ever World Cup took place in Brazil back in the days that ITV were just a twinkling in a madman’s eye. Our very own brave, plucky, lad Dotmund got all excited about this little piece of historical synchronicity and has produced this handy guide to whet your appetites. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter here. Dotmund also has a...

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The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast, Day 2: The Rain Falls On Spain

Last night in Salvador, the 2014 World Cup finals kicked into a gear in a manner that few would have predicted before a ball was kicked. It’s easy, when exposed to te calcified culture of club football, to forget that dynasties come and go over time, but nothing can demonstrate the relentless passing of time like the end of an era for a great international football team and the manner in which Spain were put to the sword by the Netherlands yesterday evening invited precisely that thought. Perhaps it will come to be understood that this was the beginning...

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