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The 200% World Cup: The Group B Final Round, Live!

The 200% World Cup: The Group B Final Round, Live!

Group B: land of contrasts. It wasn’t, might we date to venture, supposed to end up like this. Going into the first of the final round of group matches, it was supposed to be all about the tension and the excitement of two simultaneous matches being played, but the way in which this group has…

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June 23, 2014
Richard
The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast, Day 7 – Baby, It’s Cold Outside

The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast, Day 7 – Baby, It’s Cold Outside

There has seldom in the entire history of the World Cup been a week like this. Last night, holders Spain crashed out of the tournament at the very first hurdle following a chastening defeat at the hands of a Chile team that is starting to look capable of going all the way this summer. Meanwhile,…

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June 19, 2014
Ian
The 200% World Cup: The Netherlands vs Australia – Live!

The 200% World Cup: The Netherlands vs Australia – Live!

So here we are again folks, another day, another game. The Dutch are unbeaten in their last eleven World Cup group games, Robin van Persie has scored ten in the last nine games he’s played in BUT they’ve never beaten the lowest ranked team in the competition. You’ve got Jenni and Rob to keep you…

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June 18, 2014
Jenni
The 200% World Cup: Chile vs Australia – Live!

The 200% World Cup: Chile vs Australia – Live!

The first big concern in this one is whether Chile’s star midfielder Arturo Vidal is fit and able to play tonight. The Juventus player has been struggling with inflammation in his right knee following an operation on his meniscus last month and was expected to be out for the whole of the group phase. They…

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June 13, 2014
Richard
The 200% World Cup: No Up Side Down Under, For Australia

The 200% World Cup: No Up Side Down Under, For Australia

The optimism that accompanied Australia to previous World Cup finals has been replaced in 2014 by something of a sense of foreboding, as Paul Caulfield writes. As Brazil 2014 gets going, Australian football fans will be trying to forget the fraught process of actually getting there. Though the Socceroos are safely through to their third…

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June 5, 2014
Ian

2010 World Cup Australia 2-1 Serbia

On a day when England had played and won and qualified for the knockout stages of the World Cup, by the time the second set of games was ready to kick-off the day’s sports events were being overshadowed – or at least challenged for prominence – by an extraordinary first round singles match between two little known men at Wimbledon. I’d promised to cover this game though, so conscientious as ever I tore myself away from the tennis with John Isner and Nicolas Mahut locked at 45-45 in the final set. I had thought I might watch with BBC radio coverage for a change, but 5 Live extra were being less dedicated to the World Cup cause and were promising to switch to the football when – or if – the tennis finished.

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June 23, 2010
Ian

World Cup 2010: Ghana 1-1 Australia

This game sees us pass the halfway point of the group stages. By the end of Friday, we’ll have lost half of the teams, and we’ll know the shape of the knockout stages. Once we reach the knockout stages, most of the contrasting games (whether in ability, age or experience) will be over, and the…

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June 19, 2010
Ian
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