Six Great Football Competitions


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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3 Responses

  1. sp3ktor says:

    Moan, moan, moan. You seem to basing your opinions on the champions league on the performances of the “evil” big four which is more down to ITV’s coverage than anything else. Sky’s red button features for the Champions League are actually useful and entertaining. The main benefit is you can choose to jump away from the british clubs and actually watch matches that might prove to be a contest. On match day five I watched Werder Bremen against Real Madrid which was a cracking match. Had I been at home last night I would have probably switched to the Olympiakos match after Liverpool scored their second. The goal alerts are fantastic too.

    But if you really don’t like it, switch it off and pretend it’s not happening.

    1. I’ve never watched any Copa Libertadores games, that could be because, for me the idea of South Amercian football is often better than the real thing.

    2. The Championship is indeed a decent competition, but it only really differs from the Premiership in its general philosophy of play. In the Championship you have 24 teams desperate to win, in the Premership you have 20 desperate not to lose.

    3. I love non-league football, but let’s face it: it’s actually a bit sh*t. Standing by the touchline it’s easy to get caught up in the action – being able to hear the players arguing, almost feeling the crunch of a tackle. But when you watch you realise why they never made it – that striker with the good touch that can barely get above walking pace, the centre half that turns like the Queen Mary, the midfielder who without the ball at his feet looks as lost as a fish in a tree.

    4. Don’t the big clubs join in the round of 64? Much like the 3rd round of the Cup.

    5. and 6. No complaints there, watching football in Germany is an absolute joy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I agree with you about the Champions League, but as an American it is basically the only European football that I can watch on TV.

  3. ian says:

    You should watch some Copa Libertadores, Unkie G – Boca Juniors spoilt it all a bit by walking the final, but their route to the final was extraordiarily dramatic. It’s on Sky or C5, I think.

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