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Podcast 81: Clubs In Crisis, Revisited

This week’s Twohundredpercent Podcast returns to a subject for which this website probably made its name in the first place: clubs in crisis. This week, we take a quick look through the four divisions of the Football League, stopping off at Manchester City, Hull City, Nottingham Forest, Coventry City and Leyton Orient amongst others, in a series that definitely won’t make you want to tear your hear out and starting sobbing silently. Well, no more than these podcasts do normally, anyway. As ever, you can download the 200% podcast by right-clicking and saving here, whilst the 200% podcast’s RSS...

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AFCON 2017: Round One

The politics At one stage, at least three-and-a-third of AFCON’s 16 finalists were seriously threatening boycotts…because of money and facilities and the lack thereof, mostly. Uganda, DR Congo, Cameroon (their seven refusenik players being the “third”) and Guinea-Bissau were headline news for the “wrong” reasons. And few nations had a trouble-free preparation. Meanwhile, Gabon’s political opposition have organised an event boycott, not over-difficult if previous AFCON finals “crowds” are a guide. Its early success was masked by the small tournament venues. But reports of tickets sold for under £1 (cheap even at depressed economy prices) indicate such success. The...

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Premier League Review: The Eyes Have It

There was a monent during last Sunday afternoon’s Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City when a single shot of the Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola spoke a thousand words with regard to the issues with consistency that are currently causing such a glaring issue with his team’s chances of winning a title which many considered to be well within their reach at the start of the season. As Everton strolled to a more than comfortable four-nil win, the amelioration provided by City’s five-goal win at West Ham United fell away like leaves shedding a tree during the...

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Podcast 80: The Graham Taylor Memorial

We’re only a couple of weeks late, but the 200% podcast is back for the new year with new music, a new in your face attitude (this may be a fib) and a new sense that it’s time to get back from our not remotely Christmas holidays. Things have been tough for both of us over the last months to six weeks, so thanks for bearing with us. It’s time to get this show back out on the road. The subject of our first podcast of the new year is the passing of the former Lincoln City, Watford, Aston...

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48 Crash: FIFA “Reinvents” The World Cup

The EU referendum campaign polarised opinion sufficiently to forget that two people of similar political faith could easily vote differently on the complex economic issues involved. One close friend, who became so partly due to politics, voted “Leave” and remains a close friend. So I hope not to lose friends by suggesting that Fifa president Gianni Infantino’s idea of 48-team World Cup finals from 2026 onwards, is, on balance, taking everything into consideration, overall, not entirely preposterous. Still reading? Good. I’m not out-and-out backing the idea. But some opposition has been a knee-jerk reaction to it BEING a Fifa...

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