Author: Edward

Parking The Coach: Bela Guttmann

  If Bela Guttmann had never existed football would probably have needed to make him up: an individualist who nevertheless created one of the most iconic teams in European football history; a self-confessed mercenary who inspired and cajoled excellence wherever he pitched his wagon. He managed more than twenty club sides, in nine countries and on two continents, and was one of the architects of the rise to prominence of Brazilian football. He discovered, nurtured and unleashed the greatest African footballer of all time into the European game. As a player he insisted his jerseys be made from silk,...

Read More

Bexhill United’s New Year’s Resolutions

The Polegrove, home of Bexhill United Football Club, is an unusual place. For the much of the balance of the year it forms the southwesterly end of Egerton Park, a large public space just to the west of the De La Warr Pavilion. Consequently, the ground is peculiarly accessible throughout the seasons: passers-by can, should they wish to, sit in the dugouts or prat about in the grandstand, scratching obscene words into the glass panes and enjoying their first sexual experiences by the irridescent glow of the alarming piles of pigeon guano. All things considered, it must be said...

Read More

Podcast Extra: Saving The World Cup

Footballers play too many matches these days. International football is dead. Two pulsating soccer soundbites that no self-respecting football pundit would be without: check them out the next time you watch Match of the Day, they are both there, discreetly bulging in the pockets of their shiny, shiny trousers. And FIFA seem hell-bent on turning the World Cup finals into… well, something or other. We’re not quite what, but we don’t like the smell of it. Now, before we go any further, if you’re interested in listening to this week’s Twohundredpercent podcast and the draw referred to below as...

Read More

Euro 2016: Russia vs Slovakia… Live!

Twohundredpercent is, after ten years, endeavouring to try and change itself into a more commercially-focused website, complete with an e-magazine for subscribers. Independent content producers should be recompensed. If you enjoy what we do here or consider that we do carry out important work on this site, please consider subscribing in order to assist us. Your support will be most greatly appreciated, and you can support it on our Patreon page. Independent writing and content production ultimately cannot survive without your support. You can read our pitch...

Read More

Dotmund’s Eureux Tapestry: Day 5

Tuesday sees another part of the Eureux Tapestry fall into place after an eventful day in France yesterday. We have Spain’s late show against the Czech Republic, a goal scored for Ireland by somebody whose name has now changed to Hoola-houghton – one for the thirtysomethings plus, there – and Italy, the old masters, being more Italian than anybody could have imagined in overcoming a disjointed looking Belgium side. Click on the image, if you’re of the persuasion of wishing to make things bigger by pressing on them. Twohundredpercent is, after ten years, endeavouring to try and change itself...

Read More