The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast, Day One


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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5 Responses

  1. Johnny says:

    Excellent read. Ref was a shambles last night, and the only one of the three goals the Croatian goalie did better than one might have expected at was the penalty (by the way, if it isn’t still banned, I wish someone whould stop all that shimmying nonsense on the run-ups….seem to remember Aldridge getting into a lot of bother for that).

    As for whether it was a fix or not, it did not look good. But I will reserve judgment for now, though I will become convinced if there is more of the same in the hosts’ later matches. It’s hard not to wonder if football’s overlords are set on helping Brazil as much as they can, given how much native opposition there is to the running of the tournament in the first place. I just hope that, whoever ends up winning, they do so because they showed the most skill and played the best football. I’m not sure last night was a good advert for the tournament in that regard at all, albeit Brazil did show more going forward than their opponents, on balance.

  2. Mark says:

    I know Oscar “took his shot early” a tactic which doesn’t allow goalies to “set themselves,” but that third goal made me think that if there was a fix, Michael Stipe Pletikosa was centrally involved. However, HOWEVER…
    I still believe I saw a REAL fix at the last Olympics, in the women’s semi-final between Canada and the USA. I wrote about it on this site at the time, so I won’t (again?) bore you with the details here. But it might be worth watching again – in fact, no ‘might’ about it because it was a terrific match despite the dodginess – to compare with last night’s events.
    Finally (hooray!!), apart from a ghastly third quarter which got the Mexican wave it deserved, I thought last night’s match was scrappy, nervy but nonetheless entertaining – and a bit of a belter after the penalty, sorry, “penalty.” Even Andy Townsend wasn’…I’ll stop there. If I start praising him, that WILL get the conspiracy theorists going…

  3. Dean says:

    Looking forward to reading this every day. And particularly looking forward to the Classic match links.

  4. Johnny says:

    Townsend DID make some more salient points than usual. Still mainly banal rubbish, though.

  5. Joe says:

    Even with proof a conspiracy is still a conspiracy, Don’t know how it’s not a conspiracy without ‘proof’? You just haven’t proven it yet and hence it’s crime theory. But pletikosa must have had the worst performance of a goalkeeper ever seen at a world cup, going up to catch the ball and dropping it at his feet, punching the ball straight back at attackers, diving about 10 minutes too late for shots, not blocking a penalty which he got two hands to. All I’ll say is this, a professional doesn’t do these things……

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