Posts Tagged "Netherlands"

World Cup Tales: Reflections Upon England In Italy, 1990

World Cup Tales: Reflections Upon England In Italy, 1990

By on Jun 2, 2010 in History, Latest | 6 comments

The concept of England having a high level of expectation at the time of a World Cup finals is a comparatively recent one. As recently as 1990, most adults could remember their two successive failures to qualify for the whole event and, once there, they only seldom lit the tournament up. In 1982, a good performance in the opening match against France was followed by...

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World Cup Tales: When The World Cup Legitimised A Dictatorship – Argentina, 1978

World Cup Tales: When The World Cup Legitimised A Dictatorship – Argentina, 1978

By on May 30, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

There have been, over the last eighty years or so, several questionable decisions made regarding the hosting of World Cup tournaments. None, however, have been met with quite the fury that met the hosting of the 1978 World Cup finals in Argentina. The decision made to award the 1978 finals to Argentina was made in July of 1966, but after a military coup in March...

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World Cup Preview: Group E

World Cup Preview: Group E

By on May 14, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup now just four weeks away, you should by now be able to visualise those wretched pull-out “Come On England” St. George’s flags which come free with The Sun, slowly yellowing at the edges in living room windows up and down the land until mid-September.  Nevertheless, we at Twohundredpercent will instead continue to focus...

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The World Cup Of National Anthems (Part Three)

The World Cup Of National Anthems (Part Three)

By on Mar 19, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

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...

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The Most Pointless Match Of The Season?

By on Aug 12, 2009 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

At the time of writing, the television in this room is playing away to itself. The noise sounds familiar and, at a glance, it kind of looks familiar. Engand and the Netherlands are battling out a friendly match in Amsterdam. This, however, doesn’t matter, and it takes the whole concept of not mattering to a new level. Is this match, the Netherlands against...

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