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The AFC Asian Cup: An Inter-Nation Poor Relation?

A minor twitter storm kicked up last week when it dawned on many watchers of the AFC Asian Cup on British Eurosport 2 that just as a gradually warming-up tournament was starting to steam up, the channel’s coverage was evaporating. The service British Eurosport have provided over recent years to international football tournament junkies such as myself has been lauded in these pages before. But even before considering the demerits of pundit Mark Bright, I felt let down by their scheduling of this competition. Asia being Asia, the games were never going to tie in with a Western European...

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A Fog Of Alcohol, Kebabs And Cheap Hotels

When composing one’s thoughts about any news story, it can act as a degree of consolation to try and take the best of said story and hope that, at the very least, lessons have been learnt from it. When reviewing the recent story regarding Oldham Athletic’s attempts to sign Ched Evans, however, there is little positivity to be seen anywhere. From the very outset – a Premier Inn in Rhyl, a kebab shop in the middle of the night, either the infidelity of a man or the rape of a barely conscious young woman – there’s a grubbiness underpinning...

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Blyth Spartans & The FA Cup Third Round

It’s the Third Round of the FA Cup this weekend and, while the lowest-ranked team left in the competition has a home draw against Championship opposition, they won’t be appearing live on the television this time around. Here’s Tom Snee with the lowdown on Blyth Spartans, of the Northern Premier League. You can picture exactly how it would have gone; city slickers trudging off a swish coach in a makeshift car park, finding their way to a cramped Croft Park changing room and generally not looking at all up for the game. Cut to a shot of kids in...

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The Vanarama Conference Premier Division – A Half-Term Impression

We’re approaching the half-way point in this year’s football season, and the Christmas and New Year rush may even make the pictures at the top and bottom of various league tables a little clearer than they are at the moment. One division, however, might already be considered to be one division divided into two. So here’s David Binder with a look at what has been going on the in the *sigh* Vanarama Conference National so far this season. It’s hard to believe, but Christmas day is almost upon us. I can’t be the only one asking ‘Where did 2014...

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2014: Football’s Annus Excrementilis

200% is a powerful website. On December 10th, Mark Murphy asked Peter Pannu to “please **** off from Birmingham City. On December 12th…he…pissed off from Birmingham City. Co-incidence? Or will the following rant have a similarly desired effect on some of the reprehensible football “personalities” referenced therein? Co-incidence, probably. But still, eh? In the summer, football’s world was agog at the talents of Thomas Mueller, Lionel Messi, Arjen Robben and, briefly, Ricky Lambert. By the middle of December, English football’s world was…well…open-mouthed at a Manchester United performance so bad that Red Lion pub teams everywhere were considering suing SKY...

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