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The 2015 Under-20 World Cup: Serbia’s Success

Serbia were one of the first two teams I saw live on telly in this ultimately satisfying World Under-20s Cup Finals. And, decent though they were, they didn’t scream “potential world champions” at me. Nemanja Maksimovic’s slide-rule finish on one hundred and eighteen minutes gave the Serbs what we were reminded every ninety-four seconds was their first world title “as an independent nation.” However, between reminders ninety-one and ninety-two, British Eurosport commentator Wayne Boyce informed us that Fifa had “given” Serbia the 1987 title won by Yugoslavia, in a supreme piece of historical revisionism and geo-political nonsense. I’d like...

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The 200% Podcast 16: Gender Studies At The Women’s World Cup

This week’s 200% podcast comes at the end of the group stages of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, so this week we’re all over that subject, taking a look at what has been going on so far and making a few predictions for the rest of the tournament. You can download the Twohundredpercent podcast by right-clicking and saving here, you can stream it through the link below or you can subscribe to this series on Itunes by clicking here. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking here. You can reach the last eight with Twohundredpercent on Facebook by...

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The 2015 Women’s World Cup – The Group Stages

If a song called Friday on My Mind soon appears in the charts, the BBC’s extensive and impressive coverage of the Women’s World Cup in Canada will be largely to blame. When commentator Dave Woods said that Cote D’Ivoire were “supposed to be here to be the easybeats” of Group B, he may have also triggered a royalty claim from any surviving members of the 1960s Anglo-Scot-Australian beat combo of that name. Sadly, the football hasn’t, yet, lived up to the coverage (British Eurosport have also devoted commendable time to events). The quality of some early games allowed sexist dullards...

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Lies, Damned Lies & Brand Value

In 1984, I was discussing European club football with a work colleague. As fans of Kingstonian and pre-Simod Cup Reading, we were not best-placed technically for such a discussion. But we quickly agreed that combining “English” workrate with “continental” skill would be some sort of footballing nirvana. English clubs had just won six European Cups out of seven. But if Graeme Souness could add Michel Platini’s skill to his “qualities,” how much better would the spectacle be? (Adding style to Trevor Senior was, admittedly, another matter). Seems we were wrong. The key was “brand value.” At least that’s what...

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The 2015 Under-20 World Cup – Sweet (Round Of) Sixteen

And now, live from the man who told you that “with my forecasting prowess, the US look a decent each-way bet”, the next instalment of teenage-plus Fifa football fun and frolics in New Zealand… Signs of taking football too seriously, no. 1: Racing around to finish early morning chores in time for British Eurosport highlights of Uzbekistan v Austria Under-20s at seven o’clock in the morning. In fairness, the Uzbeks’ two-nil win over aimless Austria wasn’t half bad (i.e. the first half was). Something went on in all the last-16 matches at the Under-20s World Cup, which could not...

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