Posts made in August, 2012

The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Stoke City

By on Aug 17, 2012 in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

The coming nine season will be the fifth since Stoke City ascended back to the Premier League, and in surviving comfortably in this division they continue to frustrate the game’s self-appointed purists. Stoke remain the nearest thing that the division has to an antithesis of the self-image of twenty-first century football. They neither tiki nor do they taka,...

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The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Southampton

By on Aug 17, 2012 in English League Football, Latest | 2 comments

Once again, this seasons Premier League kicks off with a club that was involved the lower divisions of the Football League just two years ago, with Southampton having repeated the feat that Norwich managed at the end of the 2010/11 season by getting promoted from the Championship at the end of their first season back in the division. Of all of the achievements that...

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The 200% Pre-Season Previews: The Championship

By on Aug 17, 2012 in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

With less than 48 hours to go, Rob Freeman interrupts the Premier League Previews to bring the first of three previews of the football league. In a break from tradition, the previews are mainly predictionless, considering that most clubs won’t finalise their squads until the transfer window closes at the end of August. That and previous predictions have not...

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The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Reading FC

By on Aug 16, 2012 in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

At this time of the year, there are a lot of us trying to quantify the unquantifiable. The start of the new football season sees a frantic dash to predict and analyse, but precious few seek to factor in the variables that generate so much of the games appeal in the first place. It’s understandable, of course. Who, for example, might have predicted the knots in...

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