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The Under-20 World Cup: No Quarter Given

So… it transpires that England weren’t rubbish after all, just in an impossibly difficult group. Mexico sit proudly in the Under-20s World Cup semi-final line-up and Argentina should have been alongside them. The apologies of a nation are due to Brian Eastick and his team. Details of Mexico’s elimination of tournament hosts Colombia were impossible…

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August 15, 2011
Mark

Match Of The Week: Manchester City 4-0 Swansea City

In May of 1983, three clubs were relegated from the First Division. Brighton & Hove Albion were one, and the other two were Swansea City and Manchester City. Manchester City returned to the top flight a couple of seasons later but, for Swansea City, the intervening three decades have brought hardship and a couple of…

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August 15, 2011
Ian

The Premier League In Short: Opening Day Blues

The more something is hyped, the more difficult it will be for that thing to live up to said hype. Even allowing for the excesses if the media over the last couple of weeks or so, though, the new Premier League season started with a faintly ridiculous raspberry noise rather than a bang. Five of…

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August 15, 2011
Ian

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 14/08/2011

The non-league season – the Isthmian League aside – started yesterday, and we’re delighted to be able to bring you highlights of four matches this evening, one from the Blue Square Premier, two from the Blue Square South and one from the Premier Division of the Southern League. The first match is between Hayes &…

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August 14, 2011
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Previews: Fait Accompli

As some of the regulars on this site will have been aware for some time now, we have been writing up the pre-season on this site for several weeks now, with the intention of putting the whole thing together as one downloadable PDF file. I’m delighted to be able to confirm that, with a couple…

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August 13, 2011
Ian

And Then There Were Eight: The Under-20 World Cup

Despite the fears that I, among others, expressed about England’s fate in their Under-20s World Cup last-16 encounter with Nigeria, it turned out that you could say: “England could have won”, out loud, in public, and not be immediately fitted up for a white, long-sleeved jacket. Blackpool’s Matt Phillips was the one England player of…

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August 12, 2011
Ian
The Twohundredpercent pre-season previews: Premier League kits

The Twohundredpercent pre-season previews: Premier League kits

No self-respecting football supporter would be seen without their team’s 2011/12 shirt on the terraces this season. What’s wrong with you? Don’t love your club enough to spend 114 quid on a polyester nightmare? Actually, kit design has improved immeasurably in recent years. Which is why it’s a real pity that this year’s offerings are…

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August 12, 2011
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