The Tyranny Of Football


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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10 Responses

  1. Pete Brooksbank says:

    Regarding the 24 hour media coverage, there was a very long and very good Guardian blog (written by Andy Bull) published on a similar theme just a couple of months ago. Well worth reading and dovetails nicely with the points made here….. as usual, a fair number of sports blog mentalists attempt to wreck the debate below the line.

  2. Allan Moore says:

    I thought that Mitchells column was actually quite good. I remember being there in the 1980’s thinking how useless football was (bearing in mind how much of a religion, literally, football is in west central Scotland. What changed my mind was the 1986 World Cup. So yes, i can see where Mitchell is coming from, especially with regards the hyperbole surrounding the English Premiership.

    One thing that i did notice that was missing from your piece was that Football fans have changed. You used to get 100 different opinions from 1001 fans about a game. Now either a game is rubbish or not, for example i listened to 606 on the way up to my partners after the European Cup final, and every caller said that the game was a classic, a great advert for the English Premiership. My opinion of the game was that it was an OK game, but nothing really to write home about. But what struck me was the unanimous nature of the comments. Either I’m wrong (an for that matter my dad, who had a similar opinion) and everyone else is right, or there is an element of bandwagon jumping going on.

  3. Alejandro Ruiz says:

    He sounds like a typical American, I’d know….I deal with them all the time.
    Frankly outside the ethnic latino and european papers you hardly get any news in any of the papers. You have to go to large bookstores to get football specific papers, luckily we have the internet and satellite tv.
    A friend asked me “Hey, when does soccer end?” I answered “Never, especially in the US since we have a summer league. That ends in November and that’s when the European leagues heat up”

    “This is s***, bring back Russel Brand.” – this comment made my day.

  4. Michael Oliver says:

    Great piece, and I’m glad that somebody else is bored and fed-up with the endless stream of transfer news and gossip that permeates the close season in Europe.

  5. I have to confess to being one of those “football illiterates” until about 15 months ago. What I found out as I explored the world of the game I detested though was that it is so much more than a sport. It’s a business. It’s a religion. It’s a great topic on which to connect with so many people. And above all it’s a soap opera. Whether that is a good or a bad thing is debatable. But it does at least give those of us who have set ourselves the task of writing something about it every day is something to talk about!

    Great post as ever.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I was scanning something else about this on another blog. Interesting. Your position on it is diametrically contradicted to what I read to begin with. I am still reflecting over the various points of view, but I’m leaning heavily toward yours. And regardless, that’s what is so super about modern democracy and the marketplace of thoughts on-line.

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