Middle-Aged Spread


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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2 Responses

  1. Michael Oliver says:

    Some good arguments there. Is Michel Platini’s mask beginning to slip? This is a backward step, presumably in the interests of the smaller nations of UEFA who helped Platini become president.

    It will lead to a promotion of mediocrity, and it’s especially frustrating that the news was leaked during Euro 2008, one of the best tournaments in recent memory.

    Scots have give given the world some great inventions – whisky and TV for starters. A 24 team Euros is not one of them.

    By the way, did you mean the ‘Republic of Ireland’ in your piece, as opposed to ‘Northern Ireland’?

  2. Allan Moore says:

    “The fact of the matter is that if you can’t make it into the finals of the European Championships with sixteen entrants, the fact of the matter is that you simply don’t deserve to be there”

    True, though a better seeding system might help. Forget about Scotland, how must Ukraine feel, they qualified for a World Cup for the first time, then were drawn alongside Italy & France for the qualifyers for the next European Championships. Not that i am trying to defend the decision to go to a 24 team tournament, but good teams did not get to Euro 2008, while poor teams did.

    Apart from that, a good piece, as always.

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