May 2010

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Hicks The Huckster – Under The Skin Of The Liverpool Owner

The Liverpool reign of US “entrepreneurs” George Gillett Junior and Thomas O. Hicks has been full of oddball news stories from the two warring co-owners’ busy PR departments. But none were stranger than last week’s space-filler about Liverpool’s (latest) sale process. Had the papers waited a day, they’d have had their story. Kop Football’s accounts…

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May 15, 2010
Mark

World Cup Preview: Group E

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup now just four weeks away, you should by now be able to visualise those wretched pull-out “Come On England” St. George’s flags which come free with The Sun, slowly yellowing at the edges in living room windows up and down the land until mid-September. Nevertheless, we at Twohundredpercent will instead continue to focus on the football. With that in mind, we sent Dotmund on another fact-finding mission with little else than a media badge from the 2006 World Club Championship in his pocket and a dream. Today, he looks at the colourful and exciting Group E.

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May 14, 2010
Ted

Walsall, Cypriot Flags and Freedom of Speech

The West Midlands will have four league teams in the top flight next season for the first time since 1986, but while the rest of the Black Country and Birmingham get to reflect on good times, the county’s smallest professional club is going through a period of turmoil.

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May 13, 2010
Ian

Shit Shot Mungo: S02E40

This week’s “Shit Shot Mungo” is the last of the season, and the stakes are high. Heart of Clackmannanshire need a win in their last game of the season to avoid relegation, but can they do it? An unlikely hero is waiting in the wings. From next week until the start of the World Cup,…

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May 13, 2010
Ted

World Cup Tales: Colombia 1986 – The World Cup That Never Was

The upcoming World Cup will the first to take place in the entire continent of Africa but there are several countries that have already held the tournament more that once, such as Italy, France and Germany. The first team to earn the honour of hosting the World Cup finals twice, however, was Mexico and the…

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May 12, 2010
Ian

In Defence Of The Play-offs

On Saturday I watched Alloa play Cowdenbeath in the second leg of their play-off semi-final, both clubs seeking promotion to the SFL Division One. Cowdenbeth were, in a sense, a little lucky to be there at all – a year ago they lost in the play-offs a division lower, and only three days before the start of this seson were they moved into Division Two as a result of Livingston’s enforced relegation. Having prepared for life in the lower division, many expected them to struggle (including me), but they confounded those expectations by being in the title race for most of the season and finishing in a play-off spot.

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May 12, 2010
Ian

Match Of The Midweek 1: Nottingham Forest 3-4 Blackpool

It’s all back to The City Ground, then, for the second leg of the Championship play-off, and the people of Nottingham clearly have better thing to do than worry about who will or won’t be forming the next government this evening. They’ve got Blackpool to worry about. Their trip to the seaside at the weekend…

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May 11, 2010
Ian
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