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The 2014 World Cup Final: Winning By Design

The 2014 World Cup Final: Winning By Design

It took until the twenty-second minute of extra-time at the end of the match to settle it once and for all, but by the time the full-time whistle blew in the Maracana last night, there was already a reasonably firm consensus on the matter. The best team over the course of the tournament had, in…

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July 14, 2014
Ian
The 2014 World Cup Final – Germany vs Argentina, Live!

The 2014 World Cup Final – Germany vs Argentina, Live!

Good evening, fans of sport, spectacle and populist nationalism, and welcome to the 2014 World Cup Final. This evening, Germany play Argentina in Rio de Janeiro for the right to declare themselves The Best International Football Team In The World Over The Last Four Weeks, and, as we have been throughout the remainder of the…

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July 13, 2014
Ian
The 200% World Cup: Netherlands vs Argentina, Live!

The 200% World Cup: Netherlands vs Argentina, Live!

Good evening, sports fans! I guess the first quiestion that I have to ask is this: have you recovered from last night? I certainly haven’t, and will return to the subject once last time in order to briefly mention that we will most likely remember where we were yesterday evening for the rest of our…

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July 9, 2014
Ian
The 200% World Cup: Argentina vs Belgium, LIVE!

The 200% World Cup: Argentina vs Belgium, LIVE!

Good afternoon, sports fans. Edward and I are here from five o’clock on with a liveblog of the third quarter-final match at the 2014 World Cup finals, between Argentina and Belgium. Now, these two teams met in both the 1982 finals, when the then-defending champions were beaten by Belgium in the opening match, though four…

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July 5, 2014
Ian
The 200% World Cup – Lionel Messi vs Switzerland, Live!

The 200% World Cup – Lionel Messi vs Switzerland, Live!

Ho ho, me so funny. It’s the last day of the Second Round of this year’s World Cup, so it’s time to take another look at Argentina and see if they’re capable of going all the way this year. A comfortable draw certainly helps their case, but today’s match against Switzerland isn’t quite a foregone…

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July 1, 2014
Ian
The 200% World Cup: The Group F Final Round – Live!

The 200% World Cup: The Group F Final Round – Live!

Open wide for some more soccer, as Argentina, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria go into battle for one last time. The two group leaders, Argentina and Nigeria, meet in Porto Alegre with Argentina needing just a point to guarantee that they will finish top. While a  draw would also be a good result for the…

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June 25, 2014
Ted
World Cup Breakfast, Day 10: Cometh The Hour, Cometh The Talisman

World Cup Breakfast, Day 10: Cometh The Hour, Cometh The Talisman

We might reasonably suggest that no small part of the global appeal of association football stems from its combination of reliance on the very differing attributes of individual brilliance and the application of a solid team ethic. If the game itself is a blank sheet onto which we can project any of our values, this…

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June 22, 2014
Ian
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