2012

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The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Fulham

How long is a reasonable time for a club to be expected on find its feet in a new division? One year? Three years? Five years? It’s a question worth answering in the case of Fulham Football Club, because after over ten years in the Premier League, there are still some that consider this club…

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August 9, 2012
Ian

The 2012 Olympic Games: The Mens Semi-Finals

South Korea dominated the early stages of their men’s Olympic football semi-final against what Jonathan Pearce summed up perfectly as “a higgledy-piggledy mess” of a Brazil side. This led to the fleeting prospect of a South Korea v. Mexico final. And, as those two sides met at Newcastle in one of the tournament’s direst games,…

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August 8, 2012
Mark

Match Of The Past: Brighton & Hove Albion

Regular readers of this site will by now be fully aware of the fact that our Match Of The Past series has now finished with the Premier League and is now ploughing its way through the Football League Championship, and those of you that have been keeping tabs on this series may well scroll down…

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August 8, 2012
Ian

The 2012 Olympic Games: Womens Football – The Semi-Finals

After one-and-a-half sensational semi-finals, I feel like a killjoy. Despite the wonderful football played – at least as much by the losers as the winners – my thoughts were of refereeing decisions at Old Trafford; of penalties given (to the United States) and not given (to Canada); of yellow cards not shown (to Abby Wambach)….

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August 7, 2012
Mark

The 2012 Olympic Games: France & Japan Light Up Wembley

There has been quite a lot written over the last few days on the subject of the Olympic Games and its various interactions with association football. A lot of this – in particular the hand- wringing chip wrapper fodder about how the behaviour of competitors over last couple of weeks has somehow ‘shamed’ our national…

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August 7, 2012
Ian

The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Everton

Plus ca change. It has, in recent seasons, got to the point at which we could set our watches by the undulations of Evertons season. Pre-Season grumpiness at a relative lack of activity in the transfer market, followed by a slow start to the season during which the a feeling of discontent hangs heavy in…

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August 7, 2012
Ian

The 2012 Olympic Games: The Mens Quarter-Finals

Of course they did. How could they do anything else? If the Olympic football tournament wasn’t a “proper” international football tournament already, it became one after what someone will surely call Team GB’s “ignominious quarter-final exit on penalties” on Saturday night. Nevertheless, those questioning the legitimacy of Olympic football might point to Team GB’s failings…

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August 7, 2012
Mark
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