Desperate Times Call For Radical Solutions


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. Tom says:

    It’s also worth recalling that the clubs sold the Premier League on the basis it would help the England team (by, for example, reducing the number of clubs and fixture congestion).

    The F.A. seem to have been duped by this argument, unless it was all a facade on their part too. I know David Conn’s book goes in to this in detail, but I don’t have it handy.

  2. 200percent says:

    It’s like I say, Tom. The FA thought that they could keep them in control without them breaking away from their control completely – a bit like UEFA tried with G14 – but the Premier League clubs were already playing the longer game. They knew that all they had to do was use the FA for the initial breakaway. If they cut their ties five years down the line, who’d even notice?

  3. Stouffer says:

    A minor point I know, but there’s a wee bit more to United fans’ anti-England feeling than simply Ronaldo playing for Portugal.

  4. Anonymous says:

    just wanted to say, I always enjoy your blog and thanks for doing it. Also, i pretty sure Italy is up to 20 clubs thesedays (which I thought was a backward step) but I might be wrong.

  5. ursus arctos says:

    You’re right.

    Serie A has been 20 clubs since 2004, and there isn’t much talk of reducing the number.

    On the other hand, there is no League Cup here, and the Coppa Italia is not a terribly serious competition prior to the last four.

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