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There Are No Prizes: The 200% End Of 2013 Awards

There Are No Prizes: The 200% End Of 2013 Awards

By on Dec 31, 2013 in Latest | 3 comments

It’s the time of year when handing out awards for things that have happened to people and organisations over the previous twelve months or so comes into vogue, and even though the football season somewhat inconveniently doesn’t pay too much attention to the machinations of the Gregorian calendar, we’re going to give it a go anyway. (For those of...

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Beautiful Bastards: Hannover 96 Under Mirko Slomka

Beautiful Bastards: Hannover 96 Under Mirko Slomka

By on Dec 29, 2013 in Bundesliga, Latest | 0 comments

Nearly four years after taking over as coach of Hannover 96 in January 2010, Mirko Slomka has been fired. Despite their parlous league position Slomka leaves the 96ers in a better place that when he arrived and presided over one of the most successful periods in their history. Under his guidance, this traditionally mid-table club finished as high as fourth place in...

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The Cognitive Dissonance Of Cardiff City

The Cognitive Dissonance Of Cardiff City

By on Dec 27, 2013 in Latest, Politics | 1 comment

It was, considering everything, not the most earth-shattering news of the season that we’ve seen so far, but the decision of the owner of Cardiff City Football Club to relieve Malky Mackay of his position as manager of the club still seems likely to further sour the atmosphere at The Cardiff City Stadium in the near future. A first season back in the Premier...

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AVB: Too Much, Too Young?

AVB: Too Much, Too Young?

By on Dec 27, 2013 in Latest, Opinion | 1 comment

You’ve done too much, much too young, The Specials famously sang on their seminal 1980 hit. That particular ditty was an anthem to a lost youth and the doom of adding another statistic to the population. However, it would also appear to be a maxim that could be applied to Portuguese wonderkid Andre Villas-Boas, who as we all know¬†has now had the button pressed...

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The 200% Christmas Movie: Once In A Lifetime

The 200% Christmas Movie: Once In A Lifetime

By on Dec 25, 2013 in Latest, Video | 0 comments

Christmas is a time for lolling about in front of the television with glazed eyes, desperately trying to stave off the inevitable heartburn that follows eating seven thousand calories in the space of half an hour, so allow us to give you something to take your mind off it all with “Once In A Lifetime – The Extraordinary Story Of The New York...

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World Cup Magic: 1978 – Ticker-Tape & Tartan Travesty

World Cup Magic: 1978 – Ticker-Tape & Tartan Travesty

By on Dec 24, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Although I watched the 1974 World Cup finals as an eight-year-old recently converted to football, 1978 is the earliest tournament I properly remember. And I was the only one among the football fans at our rugby-playing school who tipped hosts Argentina to win. For the second World Cup finals in succession, the Anglophile British media had to pretend to support...

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On Coventry City, Cardiff City & Hull City’s Winter Of Discontent

On Coventry City, Cardiff City & Hull City’s Winter Of Discontent

By on Dec 23, 2013 in Latest, Politics | 0 comments

There are three football clubs at which the Christmas period may well prove to be a period of reflection. The circumstances that have engulfed these three clubs over the last few weeks and months have come to act as something of a barometer for the state of professional football in this country at the moment. None of them are sufficiently insignificant as clubs to...

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