Category: Art

Euro 2016: Chris Oakley’s Alternakits – Group A

If there’s one thing that seems to defy anything like common sense to many people it’s football kit design, even during Euro 2016. We all understand that certain bells and whistles will be added because they either may improve a player’s performance or may be perceived to improve a player’s performance. That’s an occupational hazard that comes as a result of following a team sport. What often feels considerably less forgivable is the combination of sartorial car crashes and sheer goddam laziness that modern kit manufacturers often seem to manage these days. In terms of the former of these...

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10 Years of Twohundredpercent: Mungo Rides Again

Those amongst you with long memories will probably remember our cartoon series, Shit Shot Mungo. Over the course of 110 cartoons and a handful of specials, Edward Carter (and later David Squires) told us the story of Mungo McCrackas, a striker who was (almost) inexplicably signed by the Scottish club Heart of Clackmannanshire on a ten year contract that was worth £47m per year and guaranteed that he had to start every match up front and on his own. Such contractual details didn’t overly bother the club’s chairman and magnet magnate Sir Roddy Bulbs, of course, but they didn’t...

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Parking The Coach, Part Two: Valeriy Lobanovskyi

In the second of our new series on the great coaches of the past, Edward Carter looks at the life and career of Valeriy Lobanovskyi, with both words and a picture. In spite of what watching Sunderland might teach us to the contrary, association football stubbornly refuses to be purely categorised as an art form. Even when played at its most aesthetically pleasing, football remains a game that prizes gusto over brio. It is, in the final analysis, always fundamentally an exercise in mathematics, an activity, a sport and a business built on results and results alone. Nevertheless, popular...

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Parking The Coach, Part One: Guy Roux

In the first of this brand new series on the greatest coaches of all-time, Edward Carter picks apart the life and times of one of the longest serving coaches in the entire history of the game – Auxerre’s idiosyncratic Guy Roux. It is a truism, well accepted by all parties with a vested interest in Association Football (with perhaps the exception of people who are actually responsible for the hiring and firing of such people), that managerial continuity is a Good Thing. Successful clubs can often look back to a period when on-field affairs were less than optimal, when...

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The 200% Hall of Fame: Steve Bull

Last October, the 200% Podcast gave out the first of its Hall of Fame awards. In lieu of having the resources to be able to send them anything of actual value, we promised at that time that we would eventually get around to writing some words and creating a picture to mark their inclusion, and here’s the second in this series, Wolverhampton Wanderers and England’s Steve Bull, as remembered by one Edward Carter.   Head down and stampeding towards goal, the concept of nominal determinism reached an apotheosis in Steve Bull, arguably one of the greatest players ever seen...

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