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Dear The FBI, Can We Can Have Our Ball Back, Please?

Dear The FBI, Can We Can Have Our Ball Back, Please?

Looking for an in-depth investigation into the dark heart of FIFA? You’re in the wrong place, for now, at least. This is an excellent primer into the whys and wherefores of the culture that has led to today’s extraordinary events. Looking for a summary of the background to the specific charges brought today? Have a…

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May 27, 2015
Ian
Toot Toot! All Aboard The Managerial Merry-go-Round! (2015 Edition)

Toot Toot! All Aboard The Managerial Merry-go-Round! (2015 Edition)

On a weekend otherwise only notable for the players of Newcastle United demonstrating a degree of what they may be capable of when required and a truly wince-inducing last game of the season for Liverpool, it was West Ham United who gave this summer’s managerial merry-go-round its firmest push yet in deciding to give Sam…

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May 26, 2015
Ian
The 200% Podcast 13: FOUL!

The 200% Podcast 13: FOUL!

This week’s Twohundredpercent podcast is a day later than usual, and focuses on the dark art of the foul. You can download the Twohundredpercent podcast by right-clicking and saving here, you can stream it through the link below or you can subscribe to this series on Itunes by clicking here.

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May 23, 2015
Ian
The Power Of Discretion And Why Guidelines Are… King

The Power Of Discretion And Why Guidelines Are… King

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) decision to deem Dave King “fit and proper” to become a Rangers director has proved widely popular. It is popular with Rangers fans because they believe the South African-based businessman will help fund the club back to what they call its “rightful place.” And it is popular with other fans…

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May 22, 2015
Mark
Steven Gerrard, The Media & Liverpool’s Structural Issues

Steven Gerrard, The Media & Liverpool’s Structural Issues

As things turned out, at least Brendan Rodgers had more cause to be grateful than most that last Saturday saw Steven Gerrard play his last match for Liverpool at Anfield for now, at least. The media hullabaloo that greeted the team captain at the weekend detracted in no small way from another poor Liverpool performance….

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May 21, 2015
Ian
The Twohundredpercent Podcast LIVE!

The Twohundredpercent Podcast LIVE!

Okay, so we’re running a bit of an experiment this evening. Tonight on BBC Alba they’re showing the Scottish League Championship play-off match between Forfar and Alloa Athletic, and so we thought we’d have a go at providing an alternate commentary to the match. Now, there will be something like a ten second delay between…

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May 13, 2015
Ian
Where, Exactly, Do Queens Park Rangers Go From Here?

Where, Exactly, Do Queens Park Rangers Go From Here?

It took all of four minutes on Sunday afternoon for the inevitable to be effectively confirmed. Manchester City might have been to the Premier League title with some comfort by Chelsea, but this only seemed to have the effect of giving the team something to prove, and so it was that Queens Park Rangers, who…

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May 12, 2015
Ian
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