State Of The Nations


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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7 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    by 2012 Great Britain might not exist. even with a federal britain with an English Parliament, I don’t believe an English team or supporters will want to fly the union flag for the rest of them, why should we?

  2. twohundredpercent says:

    I’m not concerned by the name, to be honest. I suspect that it will be England, though I doubt very much that there will be no Union by 2012 – recent debates on the subject were influenced more by the 300th anniversary of it than by increased amounts of nationalism in Wales and Scotland.

  3. Gary says:

    No you misunderstand … again … the FA, SFA, FAW and IFA pre-date Fifa and Uefa by many, many years. They have no way of forcing the four home nations to merge at this moment in time as historical reasons are cited for the UK’s four teams.
    Once a precedent has been set i.e. a united team, that can be used as a bloody big stick with which to beat the four home FAs.
    As for any assurances by Fifa, well … yes … nice one … do you remember Neville Chamberlain’s piece of paper?

  4. 200percent says:

    Gary, you seem to be operating under the apprehension that FIFA want the FA, the SFA, the IFA and the FAW to be forced to merge, and I’ve simply seen nothing to suggest that there is so much as a grain of truth in that. It might be used as a big stick to make them give up their place on the IFAB, but I can see no earthly justification why “we” should hold a guaranteed place there anyway.

    The historical reasons for the four home nations existing separately will be there regardless of the 2012 Olympics and, as has been suggested elsewhere, if the political process of devolution continues in this country, the case for their continuing independence will only strengthen still further.

  5. colin says:

    Personally, I’m not too worried. I can’t stand nationalism, so I no more give a toss who plays for a British XI than whether some tit on a horse wins a medal by making it dance.

  6. Gary says:

    200% – Fifa may not want the teams to merge at at the moment, but these things raise their ugly head every now and then – usually around the time of Fifa presidential elections.
    Perhaps being a Welshman, I am more aware of this threat as it wouldn’t make much difference to an England fan – after all, the only thing that would happen is that England would change their name to GB & NI and hey presto … a UK team.

    Let’s say, sometime in the future, we get a Fifa President who wants to merge what is surely the biggest anomaly in world sport in order to win the votes of a few countries who object to what is, (for the time being) one country four votes … if we merge for 2012 then he has a precedent … I, for one, don’t want to risk our future for a one-off tournament.

  7. 200percent says:

    You’re quite right, Gary – I don’t feel particularly English (and I feel less English than ever when there’s a World Cup or a European Championship on – even sense of crushing disappointment has mellowed into chuckling resignation over the last ten years or so), and I might be more inclined to argue the point if I felt anything other than contempt for the England team at the moment.

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