The England Obituary, Part Two: What The Papers Said (And Didn’t Say)


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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6 Responses

  1. Brenton says:

    It’s Peter Singer, and I thought he was bang on. Unfortunately quite removed from the culture and ethos of football, true.

  2. admin says:

    Sorry, yeah, that was a typo on my part.

  3. ejh says:

    Looking at the Times photo shown here (scroll down a bit) you have to be impressed as to how the back four have kept their shape.

  4. Gyppo says:

    I can’t believe you missed the Mail front page. Unbelievable.

  5. Mark Murphy says:

    Henry Winter tops a “50 best sports journalists” poll in the latest “Press Gazette,” as voted for by “broadcasters, magazine, national and regional press and agency journalists.”

    I just do not get it. Still, at least Martin Samuel didn’t come second…ah…hang on…

  6. Michael Wood says:

    I’ve got to say I agreed with Peter Singer too about Neuer, about Argentina and expanding the point about Uruguay. Football accepts cheating as if it were a tactic of the game.

    This World Cup – indeed the sport as a whole – badly needs a Messi own goal to equaliser the offside or the Uruguay keeper to stand to one side and let Ghana score not because it would help a victory – not even because they want to win “fair and square” which is one thing that can’t be said about Germany who won “square” bit not “fair” – but because it is the right thing to do.

    People say football is morally bankrupt(or without morals) but it is not – it is just morally very, very hard up because we accept the idea that a footballers human instinct of fairness should come second to his team’s winning instinct.

    Football needs a big deposit in the moral bank and there have been a couple of times this World Cup when it could have – but did not – happen. It needs Messi to say “I’m going to win right, or not at all” as an example.

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