July 2010

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The Supplementarity Of “Anti-Football”

Amid much of the wailing about the negativity of the Dutch performance at this year’s World Cup final, some people have stuck their heads above the parapets and argued that there is a place in the game for what some might call “spoiling” football. William Abbs is one of them.

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July 16, 2010
Ian

What Not To Wear 2010/11: The Premier League

Now that the World Cup is over (and there will be a couple more bits and pieces to tidy it up over the next couple of days), it is time to start looking forward to the new domestic season, which starts in just over four weeks, and what better way could there be to start…

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July 15, 2010
Ian

Mungo 2010/11 starts here!

With the distraction of the World Cup out of the way, football clubs everywhere can get back to their normal routine.  Not least Heart of Clachmaninshire FC who, despite the baffling theft of all of the seats in two of their stands during the summer months, are well into their preparations for the new season. …

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July 15, 2010
Ted

All Hail Spain, Champions Of The World

Obviously, for a football snob like myself, even the best televised football is a poor substitute for watching a couple of Scottish lower league sides playing kick and rush on a muddy pitch, but I have to say I enjoyed that World Cup. More than any other since 1994, at least, though admittedly I didn’t watch so much of the last couple. Maybe there weren’t any real classic games like the Romania v Argentina game of that year, or France v Brazil from 1986, maybe there weren’t many outstanding individual performances, but after a quiet start it developed into an enthralling tournament. All four quarter-finals and both semis provided terrific entertainment, in their own ways, and the final was – if not a classic – then a good game too.

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July 14, 2010
Ian

World Cup 2010: Why It’s Time To Reinvent Televised Football

Last night, Mark Murphy tore into the coverage of the 2010 World Cup in British television. This evening, in the second of our two-parter on British television at the World Cup, Ian King argues that it is time to rip up the rule book and start all over again. In the multi-media age, it isn’t…

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July 14, 2010
Ian

World Cup 2010: Punditry Unprofessionalism & Joke Journalism

For the TV punditry at this World Cup to be truly “remarkable” – and thereby worthy of an article – it would really have had to stink to the highest of heavens. And at this year’s event, Kevin Keegan was far from the worst of the pundits. So, here goes… It wasn’t just that the…

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July 13, 2010
Mark

Uncomfortable Questions For Chester

After the insults from almost all quarters and months of hard work, Chester FC, the club borne from the ashes of the Vaughan family’s disastrous spell in charge of Chester City, will start the forthcoming season in Division One of the Evo-Stick (formerly the Unibond) League. Amongst the goodwill, good intentions and idealism of the…

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July 12, 2010
Ian
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