Posts made in June, 2010

The England Obituary, Part Two: What The Papers Said (And Didn’t Say)

The England Obituary, Part Two: What The Papers Said (And Didn’t Say)

By on Jun 30, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 6 comments

As some of you may have noticed, England were knocked out of the weekend in just about the most emphatic way possible last weekend. Over the next couple of days, each of the five regular Twohundredpercent writers will be offering their own take on this failure. In the second of this brief series, Ian King looks at the media’s reaction to the defeat and the...

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The England Obituary, Part 1: Do England Need An English Manager?

The England Obituary, Part 1: Do England Need An English Manager?

By on Jun 30, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 5 comments

To fill the void caused by the World Cup rest days before the quarter-finals (I’ve never fully worked out if the rest is for us or them), over the next two days here on Twohundredpercent our writers have been looking at where they thought it all went wrong for England this summer.  This will be immediately followed by our shooting some fish in a barrel.  First...

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World Cup 2010: Spain 1-0 Portugal

World Cup 2010: Spain 1-0 Portugal

By on Jun 30, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 5 comments

I’m not sure what channel I’m watching but it’s not one of ours. The pundits sound refreshing. There’s a Scotsman who looks a bit like Hansen but uses verbs and sounds interested. In fact, it’s as if it is Hansen but he’s next to proper pundits, so he has to raise his game so as not to sound lazy and under-informed. Alongside him is a nicely understated Dutchman who...

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At Last, The Penalty Shoot-Out Arrives

At Last, The Penalty Shoot-Out Arrives

By on Jun 29, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 6 comments

Although so many of the normal constituents of a World Cup finals – complaints about the ball, Sepp Blatter contradicting himself in public, Cristiano Ronaldo’s pained expression & enormous Adam’s apple combo, England getting dumped on their backsides – have been present and correct, it had begun to feel as if something was missing from...

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World Cup 2010: Paraguay 0-0 Japan (Paraguay win 5-3 on penalties)

World Cup 2010: Paraguay 0-0 Japan (Paraguay win 5-3 on penalties)

By on Jun 29, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 7 comments

They say that consistency helps in football. Especially in terms of number of players you use. This seems to be one of Japan’s tactics, as they enter this game with the same XI that began each of the group games with. Paraguay give first starts to Edgar Benitez and Nestor Ortigioza, as they become the sixteenth and seventeenth players to start for the South...

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