Posts made in June, 2011

The Twohundredpercent Vault: The Maximum Wage And Retain & Transfer

By on Jun 25, 2011 in History, Latest | 0 comments

One of the more extraordinary facts to be thrown up by last night’s Premier League match between Blackpool and Manchester United was that one Manchester United player, Wayne Rooney, earns more every week than the entire Blackpool squad does between them. Such are the vagaries of modern football. It wasn’t, of course, ever thus. Until the early 1960s, footballers...

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Jack Climbs A Beanstalk While The Giant Pays Transfer Fees With Golden Eggs

By on Jun 25, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

Fee-fi-fo-fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman? Hmm, smells like pound sterling…. In a more recent piece for the Financial Times, Simon Kuper informs us that top flight football clubs have rapidly turned the business of player evaluation into a quantifiable pursuit. As opposed to a more personal scouting scheme where a club manager might have to rely on...

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The Twohundredpercent Vault: In Praise Of… Football Grounds With Alan Mullery

By on Jun 25, 2011 in Latest, Opinion | 0 comments

Molineux, Wolverhampton. Judging by the brightness of the sunshine and the bareness of the goalmouth, it’s springtime. The camera lingers on the main stand as it fills up with a lone goalkeeper (Mike Stowell, perhaps?) warming up in front of the camera. Finally, a shower of ticker-tape and the team takes the pitch. Welcome to “Football Grounds With Alan...

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The Twohundredpercent Vault: When The Two Germanies Collided, 1974

By on Jun 24, 2011 in History, International Football, Latest | 1 comment

The Cold War spread insiduously into every aspect of life between the end of the second world war and the end of the 1980s, and sport was no exception to this rule, whether it was the Soviets and Americans boycotting each others’ Olympic Games or Bobby Fischer facing off against Boris Spassky at chess in Rekjavik in 1972. Football was no exception to this...

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The Twohundredpercent Vault: The 10 Greatest Goal(posts) Of All Time

By on Jun 24, 2011 in History, Latest | 1 comment

I am, some of you will doubtlessly be delighted to hear, taking a few days off to go abroad. Over the weekend, though, we’ll be keeping you on your toes with a mixture of old and new material, kicking off with this resumé of old goal-posts. One of the greatest blights of modern football is that it looks the same wherever in the world you go. Teams from Addis...

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