Author: Ian

The 2017 Under-20 World Cup: V For Victory

Far beneath Fifa’s, some might say on-going, corruptive deceit and abuse of patronage lies the laudable ambition to make football a truly global game. The fruits of the honest endeavours in that direction are visible at the current U-20s World Cup in the Korean Republic, where the group stages have produced results such as Zambia 2 Portugal 1 and, drumroll, Germany 3 Vanuatu 2. And if those weren’t refreshingly surprising enough, England have won their Group…in considerable style. For the first time in recent years, a squad truly representing England’s late-teenage talent is at the World U-20s, with past...

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Podcast 95: Who’s Your Favourite Player, Then?

Well, as I write this it’s the last day of the Premier League football season and there’s next to nothing going on. Well, sure enough, there’s a bunch of glorified post-season friendlies, but apart from that, nothing. So, with that in mind, it’s time to draw back upon our library of stock questions, this week landing on our favourite ever players. There are one or two minor surprises, but we don’t really think you’ll be that shocked. During this podcast, we make reference to Paris St Germain’s magnificent mid-1980s goalnets. You can see them on this video.   https://archive.org/download/podcast95b/podcast95b.mp3...

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Wolverhampton Wanderers: Paul Lambert & A Clash Of Cultures

Expectations weren’t especially high before a ball was kicked last August, but even despite this last season was a distinctly underwhelming one for Wolverhampton Wanderers. Tentative optimism at the arrival of new Chinese owners in the Black Country was tempered by their counter-intuitive decision to hire Walter Zenga as head coach last summer, and those who held reservation over the former Italian national team goalkeeper’s suitability for the position likely felt vindicated when Zenga was removed from his position at the club at the end of October, with his team sitting in eighteenth place in the Championship table, having...

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Tottenham Hotspur: My Eyes Have Seen The Glory

Accidents of birth can be the strangest of things. My father has been a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur since 1946, and from the first flat that I called home in Lower Edmonton we could see the White Hart Lane floodlights from the living room window when a night match was on. However, due to the complications of being born to an older mother in the early 1970s, I was born in a long-forgotten annex of the the Royal Free Hospital in Liverpool Road, a short distance from The Angel, Islington, the heart of Arsenal territory. Perhaps this explains why...

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Podcast 94: Relegation From The Football League

Well, it’s a couple of days late, but it’s here at last – the ninety-fourth Twohundredpercent podcast and not, as alluded to with the opening words, the ninety-fifth. This week – and bear in mind that this podcast was recorded on Sunday afternoon – we’re on the peculiar world of relegation from the Football League, touching on the strange practice of re-election, the prospects for Leyton Orient and Hartlepool United, and what happens when a club goes bust completely, as well as touching upon Harry Redknapp and the – yawn – race for fourth place in the Premier League....

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