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The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast – The Bite Heard Around The World

The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast – The Bite Heard Around The World

Italy join the likes of Spain and England on their way home from the 2014 World Cup finals today. This, of course, should be the story of the final round of matches from Group D of this most extraordinary of tournaments this morning, but yet again this morning’s newspaper headlines have been written by one…

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June 25, 2014
Ian
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: World Cup Breakfast, Day 9 – Switzerland: The 6th Best Team In The World

The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast, Day 9 – Switzerland: The 6th Best Team In The World

In the first place, there was a common acceptance in England that defeat at the hands of Uruguay on Thursday night equalled a de facto elimination from the World Cup finals for England, but over the following twelve hours, a new narrative started to be written. Ignoring the evidence of their own eyes from last…

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June 21, 2014
Ian
The 200% World Cup: Italy vs Costa Rica – Live!

The 200% World Cup: Italy vs Costa Rica – Live!

Group D’s second round of matches draws to a close with this encounter, between the two leaders. Before last night, you might have suggested that Italy – who saw off a talented England side in their first game – would very much have the edge against Costa Rica – who rallied to beat a very…

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June 20, 2014
Ted
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
The 200% World Cup: So What Can England Expect, Then?

The 200% World Cup: So What Can England Expect, Then?

Two of England’s World Cup group opponents were in international “action” this weekend. And Mark Murphy was there for 200%. Well, more “there” than BBC Northern Ireland, anyway… Uruguay 1 Northern Ireland 0 I’d all-but-overlooked this potential humdinger. Northern Ireland are on a two-match South American tour. And before Wednesday’s trip to Chile they were…

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June 1, 2014
Mark
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