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Fifty Years Of Match Of The Day

Gary Lineker will probably be wearing a party hat for it, but there isn’t a great deal else for the BBC’s venerable Saturday evening football programme to celebrate as it reaches its fiftieth birthday. This half-centenary has been treated as an excuse for a bit of a revamp, but part of the problem with these celebrations is that studying Match Of The Day for any period of time is more likely than not to lead one to the focus upon its position as something of an anachronism in the shiny, modern, twenty-four hour a day world of football media....

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The 200% World Cup: The Final Word – Fun, Wasn’t it?

It was a measure of how entertaining the 2014 World Cup finals were until then that the second-round tie between Argentina and Switzerland got such horrible reviews. No two hours of football containing 43 (count ‘em) attempts on goal should be completely written off, however putrid some of them were (hello, Josip Drmic). Especially given the almost unspeakably dramatic climax. However the finals were threatening the highest three-goals-per-game ratio on colour telly. So viewers were ill-prepared for a return to ghosts of ghastly finals games past. And the final itself highlighted a conflict between “good” and “entertaining” football. For...

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The 2014 World Cup Final: Winning By Design

It took until the twenty-second minute of extra-time at the end of the match to settle it once and for all, but by the time the full-time whistle blew in the Maracana last night, there was already a reasonably firm consensus on the matter. The best team over the course of the tournament had, in the end, won it. There may have been but the merest of cracks of light between the two teams over the course of the final itself, but Germany were thoroughly deserved winners of the 2014 World Cup. The best, most likeable and most attractive...

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The 2014 World Cup Final – Germany vs Argentina, Live!

Good evening, fans of sport, spectacle and populist nationalism, and welcome to the 2014 World Cup Final. This evening, Germany play Argentina in Rio de Janeiro for the right to declare themselves The Best International Football Team In The World Over The Last Four Weeks, and, as we have been throughout the remainder of the tournament, we’re here with live coverage of a match that is likely to be remembered as The Most Tweeted Football Match Of All-Time. So, Germany against Argentina, then. In handing out the shellacking to eclipse all shellackings upon the host nation in the semi-finals,...

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Hereford United – Fan Initiatives Gain Momentum

Another week with many developments at Hereford United (1939) but the only result has been increasing polarisation between the club and the fans. Here’s John Perkins with another update from this summer’s crisis club du jour. Changes at the Club The club increasingly operates in isolation but there were a few developments that showed they were still continuing with their plan (whatever that is). First of all, Tommy Agombar pulled a Stephen Vaughan type sleight of hand on club ownership. Having withdrawn as a Director prior to the Southern Premier League’s decision to admit Hereford for the coming season,...

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