World Cup 2010: Nigeria 2-2 South Korea


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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  1. Gervillian Swike says:

    BBC’s punditry and commentary reached new lows tonight. Quite aside from Garth Crooks getting aerated because he couldn’t get his banal point out (“The Africans can’t sccore goals” – genius) we had Mark Bright whinging about defensive errors every time a goal was scored. Meanwhile on BBC1, Mick McCarthy was almost in tears because he couldn’t recognise, Arsene Wenger-style, that great teams are great because they can adapt to all opposition tactics, not because they are allowed to play. Greece’s defensive performance, including marking Messi out of most of the game, was excellent. As a result, they were still in the game into the latter stages – unlike South Korea, who were battered because they tried to play an open game against Argentina.

    The disdain with which Greece’s tactics were held by the pundits told you everything that’s wrong with the British mentality to football. Far better to get stuffed while playing with passion it seems, than to actually compete with tactical acumen and discipline. It might not be sexy at times, but it’s horses for courses, what will actually bring success. After all, wasn’t it Ramsey’s tactical discipline that was key in 1966?

  2. KadeKo says:

    As a Yank, I don’t pretend to know anything about football in front of other countries, especially from 1966.

    What I do want to ask fans from elswhere: What is the status of UK announcers who ply their trade for American and Canadian broadcasters? Is it that they’d be working for BBC or someplace in Europe if they were better?

  3. admin says:

    The answer is that football on the television in Britain during the normal league season is largely on Sky Sports, a supscription channel. The two best current commentators (or at least two of the top three or four), Martin Tyler and Ian Darke, are both contracted with Sky Sports and Sky don’t show the World Cup, because the World Cup finals are shown on the BBC and ITV. They’re both on ESPN in the USA this summer, as far as I am aware.

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