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The Deflation of England’s Big Sam

At the very moment that this is being written, we do not know whether Sam Allardyce will be able to cling onto his position as the manager of the England national football team. Superficial readings of the case against him do not make for great reading. Allardyce has been caught red-handed, giving implied approval to breaking FA rules concerning the third party ownership of players, a practice which has been described more than once as being akin to “modern day slavery”, and further injudicious comments do little to present an image of a manager who has grasped that this...

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Football League Review: The Return of the Murray

If they closed their eyes for just a moment, it must have felt like old times. A crowd in excess of thirty thousand people, a tight, competitive game against familiar opposition, for a short while on Saturday evening Aston Villa supporters might have been forgiven feeling as though they’d been asleep for a couple of years and awoken to find themselves back in the Premier League. The problem with dreams, however, is that we always wake up from them, and the rudes awakening that Villa supporters received came in the form of forty-five minutes of football during which all...

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Premier League Review: Fortune – Always Hiding

There wasn’t a great deal of booing when the full-time whistle blew at the Olympic Stadium earlier this afternoon, although the biggest single reason for this was most likely because there weren’t that many home supporters still present when the referee put it to his mouth. Say what you like about the ham-fisted nature of the arrangements now surrounding West Ham United and their new home, but on the evidence of this match at least the exits are still working properly. At the very start of the season, West Ham United’s lack of ignition was something of a mystery....

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Podcast 73: Football 100 Years In The Future

This week’s 200% podcast sees us take a great leap into the future, in the form of attempting to predict what the game will be like in 100 years’ time. Edward takes the utopian view and Ian takes the dystopian view, but who will be correct in the long run? Will it be a victory for football still being exactly the same in 2116 as it is is in 2016, or will the game in a century’s time be governed by the Premier League in a Death Star orboted by Robo-Ken-Bates, to a background of Cher dance remixes? Fortunately,...

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Aleksander Ceferin: The UEFA President Who Wasn’t There

Since the largely-unheralded Aleksander Ceferin was elected Uefa president on September 14th by 42 votes to 13, streams of questions have emerged on almost everything about him. Such a victory would be remarkable for an experienced, well-known football administrator.  Indeed, his emergence as a candidate from out-of-nowhere was, literally, remarked upon throughout the campaign. As was once said disparagingly of broadcaster David Frost, Ceferin almost “rose without trace.” Yet the few traces of his football administrative experience are fading under scrutiny. The alleged support Ceferin received from Fifa president Gianni Infantino was not criticised by all respected writers. World...

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