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The 200% World Cup: The Opening Ceremony – Live!

Good evening, everybody! Well, after literally hours of anticipation it’s finally time to get our coverage of the World Cup finals under way. We’ll be back at 7.00 (BST) with this very live-blog of the opening ceremony, and as soon as that’s done we’ll be back for the opening match of the tournament, which to be played between Brazil and Croatia in São Paulo at 9.00. In the meantime, here’s a small sample of World Cup opening ceremonies from days gone by. https://youtube.com/watch?v=NaU-MdB0HWo You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking here. You can follow Richard Grinham on Twitter...

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The 200% World Cup: Young ‘Uns To Watch

So, farewell then, World Cup warm-ups. Italy’s mad match against Brazilian club side Fluminense – almost certainly the most entertaining of the thousand or so recent preparation games – brought SKY TV’s live match coverage to a temporary end and we can now let the real games begin. Here, Mark Murphy nominates his “ones to watch” over the next month-and-a-day. Not that he’s let slip his international football research since the World Under-20s Cup finals last year…oh no… In two related senses, World Cup finals genuinely aren’t “what they used to be.” The point has been made by a...

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The 200% World Cup: Who Should Be In The World Cup?

Keen-eyed readers of this site and observers of the world in general will probably have noticed that there’s about to be a football World Cup to be held. It’s certainly something which has piqued my interest. I’ve just wallpapered my house with St. George’s flags and had my daughter renamed Rooney Lineker Platt McManaman by Deed Poll. However, aside from England who are, as everyone on earth can attest, the Greatest Team The World Has Ever Seen, I have observed that some of the wrong teams are in this World Cup tournament. One can only imagine they had some sort of calamity at the...

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The 200% World Cup: The 20 Greatest World Cup Kits Of All Time

In around forty-eight hours or so, the 2014 World Cup Finals will begin in Brazil, and some sets of eyes will be focused, initially at least, upon the sartorial efforts made by the thirty-two competitors, a diversion that will be considerably less enjoyable for FIFA’s tinkering with the rules to ensure that teams only wear predominantly two colours this summer. The 78 year old Sepp Blatter is, apparently, a fashion guru. Since 1930, however, teams have been dressing up for the occasion so here’s a run down of the twenty best, in strictly chronological order. Bolivia (vs. Yugoslavia) 1930...

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The 200% World Cup: Meet The Team, Part Two

Earlier this evening on 200%, we introduced the first part of the team that will be covering this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil. Now, it’s time for the second instalment of this, featuring a further three of those who have kindly made themselves available for the tournament for us. Mark Murphy Who do you think will win the tournament? Argentina. Messi to add goals to his good displays in 2010. Ronaldo to break a neatly manicured finger nail or lose his hair gel and go home crying before the quarter-finals. Who do you want to win the tournament?...

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