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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: Brazil’s Chastening Evening

The 200% World Cup: Brazil’s Chastening Evening

It was a defeat that many had seen coming. Lacklustre in the group stages and a little fortunate in each of their two previous knockout matches, this had not been the Brazil team that the country had promised itself for this tournament. The nature of Brazil’s capitulation at the hands of Germany last night, however,…

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July 9, 2014
Ian
The 200% World Cup – Brazil vs Germany, LIVE!

The 200% World Cup – Brazil vs Germany, LIVE!

Good evening, sports fans! Anyone else get the feeling that World Cup semi-finals have a tendency to be somewhat understated? After all, this evening in Belo Horizonte we have two of the historical superpowers of international football locking horns for a place in the World Cup final, and the world seems less than over-excited at…

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July 8, 2014
Ian
The 200% World Cup: France vs Germany – Live!

The 200% World Cup: France vs Germany – Live!

Good afternoon, sports fans! It seems like an age since we were last on the case over the 2014 World Cup finals, but we’re at, what I have come to understand is known as, the “business end” of the tournament. So, what will happen? Will sangfroid and caution win out over flair and imagination? Can…

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July 4, 2014
Ian
The 200% World Cup: Germany vs Algeria, Live!

The 200% World Cup: Germany vs Algeria, Live!

Hello sports fans, and welcome to the fourth Second Round match of this year’s World Cup finals. Can you believe that it’s almost a quarter of a century since Germany last won the World Cup? No, me neither. Still, here we are, and they’ve been impressive so far, thumping against Portugal and workmanlike against Ghana…

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June 30, 2014
Ian
The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast – Conspiracy! Conspiracy!

The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast – Conspiracy! Conspiracy!

So FIFA spoke, and when they did, it was with a mighty, vengeful wrath. Luis Suarez’s World Cup is over, and Uruguay is apoplectic over the decision, with both journalists and the public crying foul play over the decision to ban Suarez from all football related activities for four months and from his country’s next…

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June 27, 2014
Ian
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