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World Cup Preview: Group C 4

World Cup Preview: Group C

The 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off in six weeks today, close enough that you can start to hear the vuvuzelas. Continuing his preview of this summer (winter)’s events, Dotmund has now reached Group C, where he will do his best to cover the large three lions tattoo on his face and behave in the sort of balanced way we like here at Twohundredpercent. Let’s see what he discovered, with his little notebook at his side.

The World Cup Of National Anthems (Part Two) 2

The World Cup Of National Anthems (Part Two)

For many people, major sports tournaments are the only occasion that national anthems are heard. These peculiar tunes have become a genre of their own, transcending the mere hymns that many of them were in first place, and they range from the gloriously uplifting to mournful dirges. The selection of words has, in many countries, brought about national debate that has been all-encompassing. In the case of Spain, it was decided that it would probably be for the best just to not bother having any for the sake of national unity.

Who Has Been Bugging England, Then? 1

Who Has Been Bugging England, Then?

To anyone that has been following the modus operandi of the British gutter press for the last few years or so, the news that the England hotel at The Grove Hotel at Chandler’s Cross, near Watford in Hertfordshire was bugged prior to their friendly match against Egypt will come as little surprise.

Match Of The Week: England 3-1 Egypt 3

Match Of The Week: England 3-1 Egypt

Roll up, roll up. It’s the biggest circus in town. This year, without a single ball having been kicked, hasn’t been a terribly successfully one for England so far and, as a result, Egypt could be forgiven for thinking that they are the home team at Wembley tonight.

Wayne Bridge, Tabloid Fluff & The World Cup 7

Wayne Bridge, Tabloid Fluff & The World Cup

Wayne Bridge probably won’t be going to the World Cup finals, then, but John Terry’s “friends” leaking derogatory comments to the press about him say more about Terry than they do about Bridge – namely, that he is a wretch.

A Final Word On John Terry 5

A Final Word On John Terry

In some respects, the furore surround the John Terry affair (for the want of a better phrase) says as much about the British and their attitudes as it does about Terry himself.

The John Terry Moral Conundrum 5

The John Terry Moral Conundrum

The tabloid circus seems likely to continue to run for a few more days at least. Meanwhile, the rest of us look on at it all and shake our heads. Sometimes, it simply feels that if football wants our respect and our patronage, it has a funny way of showing it.

Battle For Control Of Watford 6

Battle For Control Of Watford

Watford Football Club is at the point of falling victim to a vicious power struggle that is now threatening its very existence. Can the protagonists be persuaded back from the brink, or is everybody concerned more interested in lining their own pockets than the future of the club itself?

The England World Cup Madness Starts… Here & Over There 7

The England World Cup Madness Starts… Here & Over There

The hype machine will run into overdrive over the next few months or so and there is nothing that anyone can do about it, apart from gently remind the watching world that even what looks at first glance like a comfortable World Cup draw might yet contain numerous pitfalls for England.

Match Of The Midweek: England 3-0 Belarus 1

Match Of The Midweek: England 3-0 Belarus

England completed their World Cup qualifying group matches with a workmanlike win against Belarus this evening, and even though Peter Crouch scored twice for the home side, the real star of the show was David Beckham’s beard.

Damp Squibs, Live Squibs & Strictly Come Dancing 1

Damp Squibs, Live Squibs & Strictly Come Dancing

Live only on the internet with the fact that highlights were being shown being announced by Bruce Forsyth in the middle of “Strictly Come Dancing”, Ukraine vs England was a bit of a strange match from well before the kick-off, and it didn’t get much less strange once the match kicked off.