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The 200% World Cup: Tales Of An ABE

The 200% World Cup: Tales Of An ABE

There is usually no moral dilemma for a fan of “anyone but England” (ABE) approaching a major international football tournament – or, for that matter, any England game. And the pathological ABEs will never have such a dilemma.  As “Britain’s best sporting comic” Andy Zaltzman noted in an Independent newspaper World Cup preview which I…

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June 28, 2014
Mark
The 200% World Cup: The Group D Final Round – Live!

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

As with both of yesterday’s group finales, this afternoon’s pair of matches feature three teams battling over the two qualification spots and one useless team who are already out. In Group D, the useless team are of course England, a source of great pride for everyone back at home. However, the World Cup is always…

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June 24, 2014
Ted
The 200% World Cup: Artist’s Impression, number 7

The 200% World Cup: Artist’s Impression, number 7

As the noted philosopher Chris Martin from Coldplay says, “everything’s not lost”. Only England could be so down and out yet do it in such a way that there is still a sliver of hope. After all, it’s the hope that kills you and as another noted philosopher stated last night, supporting England isn’t supposed to…

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June 20, 2014
Ted
The 200% World Cup Breakfast, Day 8 – How To Follow A Narrative

The 200% World Cup Breakfast, Day 8 – How To Follow A Narrative

And so it goes. Barring a sequence of events so improbable that the mathematics of it barely stands thinking about for too long, England are out of the 2014 World Cup finals after a performance against Uruguay that involved a considerable amount of toil for very little end result. There was a period of about…

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June 20, 2014
Ian
The 200% World Cup: England vs Uruguay Live!

The 200% World Cup: England vs Uruguay Live!

As the likes of Brazil and Spain have already found out to their costs, there doesn’t seem to be any such thing as “the easy way” at this World Cup finals. Not, of course, that the England national football team has much truck with the concept of such a thing. Where there might smith passage,…

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June 19, 2014
Ian
The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast, Day 3 – The Morning After The Night Before

The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast, Day 3 – The Morning After The Night Before

One of the curiosities of watching the England national team is the fact that, for all the doom and gloom that frequently surrounds the squad, once they are actually at the World Cup finals, they are normally very good at squeezing through its group stages, historically speaking. They haven’t failed to get over that first…

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June 15, 2014
Ian
The 200% World Cup: Italy vs England – Live!

The 200% World Cup: Italy vs England – Live!

Well, it’s coming up to eleven o’clock on a Saturday night here in England, and this is, of course, the ideal time to schedule the opening match of England’s 2014 World Cup Finals. But shush. There’s a bit of peace and quiet in the air. A combination of lowered expectations and the gradual thinning out…

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June 14, 2014
Ian
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