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The 2010 World Cup Final: Netherlands 0-1 Spain

It’s a curious sight. The BBC’s panel is sitting, for the first time in this tournament suited and booted, in its base studio outside the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, almost eight hundred miles from Johannesberg, where the match itself is being played. It looks deserted, behind them. It probably is – everybody will…

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July 11, 2010
Ian
World Cup 2010: The First Report On The Final

World Cup 2010: The First Report On The Final

Without wishing to second-guess any of our regular readers, Dotmund figured that nobody on earth was going to watch the World Cup Final on ITV1.  This is something of a shame for this august broadcasting institution, and little compensation for the investment they have made in covering the tournament.  As such, we at Twohundredpercent are…

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July 11, 2010
Ted

Compare & Contrast In Sussex

Perhaps the most important thing about a financial crisis at a football club is how the club itself reacts to the situation that has pushed it to the edge. Two non-league clubs in the south of England, Crawley Town and Lewes, have given every impression of being in a perpetual state of flux over the…

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July 11, 2010
Ian

World Cup 2010: Germany 3-2 Uruguay

“Let’s make this a celebration,” intones ITV commentator Peter Drury, before kick-off, and millions of people, all at once, think, “yeah, lose your voice.” Uruguay’s national anthem is what Billy Connolly had in mind all those years ago when he suggested replacing ‘God Save the Queen’ with the theme tune to ‘The Archers.’ It’s one…

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July 10, 2010
Mark

The Beautiful War – Rinus Michels & The Reinvention Of Dutch Football

One of the more surprising requirements made of the Dutch team playing in this week’s World Cup final is that it is not enough for them merely to win the tournament. They are still widely expected to win it with style, and this level of expectation is largely the responsibility of one man – Rinus…

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July 10, 2010
Ian

What’s The Point Of The Third/Fourth Place Play-Off?

So the World Cup third-place play-off is the most meaningless match in international football? Holders of tickets for England’s Wembley friendly against Hungary in (count ‘em) five weeks may have a view. There wasn’t a great sense of that meaninglessness when England were in the 1990 version, with Bobby Robson as animated as he ever…

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July 9, 2010
Mark

Sholing FC Heads Towards A Brave New World

One of the few remaining works clubs playing senior football in England, VTFC, severed their ties with the company that gave birth to them last month, and set off for pastures new under the name of Sholing FC. Neil Cotton takes a moment to mark the separation of a local employer from the football club…

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July 7, 2010
Ian
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