Posts made in June, 2010

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: Spain 2-0 Honduras

World Cup 2010: Spain 2-0 Honduras

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

The part-timers from Honduras took on the mighty European champions Spain with it all at stake: a loss for the Spanish side would see the tournament favourites eliminated at the first hurdle. What could possibly happen? Well, naturally enough, Spain won at a canter. However comfortable the performance, though, the margin of victory could yet cause some furrowed...

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World Cup 2010: Portugal 7 (SEVEN) North Korea 0

World Cup 2010: Portugal 7 (SEVEN) North Korea 0

By on Jun 21, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 7 comments

It was a transformation more complete than a Doctor Who regeneration. “North” Korea went from “well-organised, but more than that, they can play” just before half-time to “this lot” by the end of the BBC’s coverage, by-passing “plucky” completely. In fact, the transformation was quicker than that. In between Portugal’s second and fourth goals, seven minutes in...

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