Posts by Ian

World Cup 2010: Mexico 0-1 Uruguay

World Cup 2010: Mexico 0-1 Uruguay

By on Jun 22, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

My first memories of Uruguay as football team – and quite possibly of their existence as a country at all – came from the World Cup in 1986. They were in Scotland’s group then, and were portrayed as thugs, a bunch of big cheating, spoiling, fouling, cynical bruisers who would – if the ref let them – hack Scotland’s magnificent...

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World Cup Group Phase: Your Guide to the Permutations (Part 1)

World Cup Group Phase: Your Guide to the Permutations (Part 1)

By on Jun 22, 2010 in Latest | 1 comment

Twohundredpercent will be bringing you, each morning this week, your handy guide to the permutations in each of the groups to finish that day. There really shouldn’t be any need for such articles, even if you can’t be bothered checking it yourself the commentators and pundits who are paid for this sort of thing should keep us up-to-date as we’re...

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John Terry & English Expectations

John Terry & English Expectations

By on Jun 21, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 9 comments

On Friday night in Cape Town, the England 2010 World Cup team played as if they had passed into the spirit world. All but invisible, they made an absolute mockery of their pre-tournament hype (which, in spite of everything that we know about know about them and the realism of the ordinary, everyday supporters, ended up as high in the media as it always does). Since...

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World Cup 2010: Chile 1-0 Switzerland

World Cup 2010: Chile 1-0 Switzerland

By on Jun 21, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Well if I’ve only got one pre-tournament prediction right so far, I’ve got it right even more convincingly than I imagined – that the South American teams would all do well. Their combined record for the first two rounds of games reads Played 10, Won 8, Drawn 2. (Compare and contrast with the combined records of Europe’s big five: England,...

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The Politics Of The Five Man Midfield

The Politics Of The Five Man Midfield

By on Jun 21, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

The England team had a “clear the air” meeting with Fabio Capello last night in a bid to try and salvage something from what is starting to look like a disastrous World Cup campaign. Whether the players should be acting like this or not notwithstanding, William Abbs has one or two ideas about how they might be able to change things around. This article...

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