July 2011

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The Twohundredpercent Premier League Previews: Aston Villa

They are amongst the pillars of the English game. They were amongst the first bastions of professionalism in the game, were founder members of the Football League in 1888, and their name immediately conjures up something almost unfathomably romantic about the history of football in this country. That said, though, Aston Villa can occasionally give…

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July 20, 2011
Ian

Playing With the Numbers: The SPL Decide Against a Ten Team League

We are now nearly five years removed from discussions about the Scottish Premier League expanding with an SPL2 division, sparking¬†a war of words with¬†Scottish Football League officials keen on retaining their say in how Scottish football would operate going forward. Since then, that plan collected a bit of dust that was kicked up regularly as…

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July 20, 2011
Ian

The Twohundredpercent Premier League Previews: Arsenal

This season, we are trying yet another new angle with the Twohundredpercent pre-season previews. Constraints of time mean that we are starting our pre-season previews very early this year, and this means that, in no small part through necessity, we will be trying to approach this from the perspective of the clubs as institutions –…

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July 19, 2011
Ian

Dispatches & The Football League: Not Quite A Smoking Gun, But Possibly A Start

Perhaps the least surprising aspect of this evening’s “Dispatches” programme on the subject of the London Nominees Football Fund has been the almost jaded reaction that it immediately received in some quarters. This isn’t a criticism of those offering such weariness in the face of yet another programme detailing one of the ways in which…

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July 18, 2011
Ian

The 2011 Womens World Cup Final: USA 2-2 Japan (Japan Win On Penalties)

It started slowly, before rising to a beautiful tumult and ended with a penalty shoot-out which ended in a victory for the team of the aesthetes. And then, on top of that, the crowd had the good sense to roundly boo Sepp Blatter. To that extent, this evening’s Women’s World Cup final was, in other…

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July 17, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Week: Chester 2-1 FC United Of Manchester

July, some say, is a little too early for the football season to start. The new season lumbers to life each year in the manner of a bear awakening from hibernation. We don’t merely leap to life, ready to jump into another year of those twin false gods of hope and despair, though. We have…

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July 17, 2011
Ian

When Squared Sausage Meets Currywurst: Scottish & German Clubs Collide

With the speed of a cheetah after it identifies its prey, the Scottish Premier League season approaches. As players in other top flight leagues wake from their midsummer’s naps and beginning stretching for their pre-season action, SPL players are back on their training grounds, preparing for matches that mean more than just a bit of…

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July 17, 2011
Ian
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