The 200% World Cup: The USA vs Belgium – Live!


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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4 Responses

  1. MD says:

    Ian, about your comment on favelas, this is exactly the view that’s been used for fifty years in Brazil to destroy communities and remove the poor from the central areas of the cities. The government remove favelas to build new upper class neighborhoods and puts the poor in far away neighborhoods with no infrastructure, where they will have to commute for one or two hours everyday to work, their children will have to change schools and the community is broken, because people are spread and separated from their neighboors. And in any case, there’s nothing wrong with favelas, which are built by hardworking people who do everything they can to create a safe and decent environment to live, and then people think that’s just garbage, because it doesn’t fit with their idea of “city”. The economic inequality is just what creates the favelas, but removing them only make it worse, by taking away what little decency these people conquered. So, yes, save the favelas. And you should read about cases like Favela do Metrô, near Maracanã, and Vila Autódromo (which is bravely resisting the olympic “development” projects).

  2. MD says:

    Anyway, what was actually written there was “save the favelas’ children”.

  3. Bon Usher says:

    It was a pleasure following USA in the tournament, as always.

  4. Neil Rose says:

    USA V Belgium was certainly a great game, and the USA’s determination and energy were certainly garguantuan. Alan Shearer even said he simply had no idea where they got their energy from.

    Beligium, due to expected fatigue in extra time, but their manager’s refusal to change his central midfield, started to wither in the last 10 minutes of extra time as the USA surged forward with renewed and seemingly inexhaustible energy, which is even more extraordinary when you consider the climate and time of the year this match is being played.

    Where do they get their energy from?

    Well if that question were asked seriously in other sports where stamina and strength mark out exceptional performances, then the answers are generally not to people’s liking. Were this Athletics or Cycling, then people#’s views would be sceptical for obvious reasons.

    But in football that possibility simply has no traction or consideration. Given the unbelievable rewards that and extra 20% would give a team, would the appropriate substances be abused in a sport where testing is practically non-existent? The answer should be obvious.

    Does this mean the USA’s extraordinary performance against an enormously superior team was not normally aspirated? Are there question marks over this given some of these players do not even play in a top league anywhere? Yes. Should these players be tested and monitored for EPO and Blood count levels? Yes. Should footballers have a biological passport showing blood count levels over time? Yes.

    Has WADA complained to FIFA as recently as last season that they are not testing enough, have no plans to institute biological passports, and UNBELIEVABLY, still do not systematically test for EPO use.

    Would footballers, in a sport which is untested and where clubs and national teams are private and closed associations, take performance enhancing drugs? As the great Paul Breitner once said, Why wouldn’t they?

    I still think this was a great game. But for any sports person with the remotest knowledge of what performance enhancing drugs have done in other sports, its complete obfuscation in football is a nonsense and very much burying one’s head in the sand.

    As the Doctor in the Puerto operation in Spain said afterwards, the cyclists take nothing compared to the footballers.

    Are there question marks over Spain and Barcelona’s dominance until recently?

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