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

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

Eyes down for a full house, then, everybody. It’s time for the final round of group matches in Group C this evening, and a place in the Second Round of the competition up for grabs for three of the four teams playing this evening. The other of the four in this group, Colombia, has already…

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June 24, 2014
Ian
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: Japan vs Greece – Live!

The 200% World Cup: Japan vs Greece – Live!

After Colombia’s narrow 2-1 win in the battle of the Group C winners earlier this evening, tonight’s late match sees the two first round losers squaring up. Japan are a young, stylish team, backed by some to be the next breakthrough side at the top of the international game. Their loss in the first round…

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June 19, 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: Côte d’Ivoire vs Japan – Live!

The 200% World Cup: Côte d’Ivoire vs Japan – Live!

Good evening, night owls! It’s two o’clock in the morning and time for an assortment of drunk, middle-aged men to bring you all the latest goings on from this evening’s match between Côte d’Ivoire and Japan. So, pour yourselves a very strong cup of coffee and sit back to enjoy some very, very, very late…

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June 15, 2014
Ian

The 2012 Olympic Games: France & Japan Light Up Wembley

There has been quite a lot written over the last few days on the subject of the Olympic Games and its various interactions with association football. A lot of this – in particular the hand- wringing chip wrapper fodder about how the behaviour of competitors over last couple of weeks has somehow ‘shamed’ our national…

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August 7, 2012
Ian

The 2011 Womens World Cup Final: USA 2-2 Japan (Japan Win On Penalties)

It started slowly, before rising to a beautiful tumult and ended with a penalty shoot-out which ended in a victory for the team of the aesthetes. And then, on top of that, the crowd had the good sense to roundly boo Sepp Blatter. To that extent, this evening’s Women’s World Cup final was, in other…

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July 17, 2011
Ian
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