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Hereford United – How It Came To This

On the week that marked the start of another World Cup Finals, there was sad news from home with the expulsion of Hereford United from the Football Conference. Here’s John Perkins on how it came to this. The week starting June 9, 2014 is one that will be viewed with a special horror by many people. On the Monday, many people were devastated to hear of Rik Mayall’s untimely death at the relatively young age of 56. Worse was to come for a much smaller segment of the population at 11 a.m. on Tuesday June 10th when Hereford United fans were told that that the club had been expelled from the Conference for not satisfying the requirements to continue in the League. This was expected by many of us but it made it no less difficult to come to terms with. So how did we get here and what does it mean for the long term? And honestly why should anyone care about a team from a small city in the gloriously scenic border country with Wales? Hereford fans are occasionally accused of trading too much on the events of January 1972 but Ronnie Radford’s thunderbolt and Ricky George’s injury time winner against Newcastle are what set things in motion for the club after almost 50 years as a non-league outfit. They were promoted on the strength of this game via...

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The 200% World Cup: Chile vs Australia – Live!

The first big concern in this one is whether Chile’s star midfielder Arturo Vidal is fit and able to play tonight. The Juventus player has been struggling with inflammation in his right knee following an operation on his meniscus last month and was expected to be out for the whole of the group phase. They are far from a one man band though, as their third place finish in the South American qualifying section shows. They ended the campaign just four points behind Argentina, three ahead of Uruguay and now sit 14th in the FIFA rankings – above the...

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The 200% World Cup: Artist’s Impression number 1

Every morning during the World Cup we are going to send an expeditionary force down to the fetid lair of our semi-trained hominid and resident artist Dotmund to prod him with a stick and see if he’s got any drawings of the previous night’s action lying around. This morning’s dawn raid yielded fruit, as he mourns those players on the fringes of the Brazilian squad who just missed out on the final 23. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter here. Dotmund also has a Twitter, another blow for the...

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The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast, Day One

When is a fix not a fix? It’s a riddle, for sure, and it’s a question that many people will be asking in all seriousness after the host nation Brazil eventually overcame an impressive performance by Croatia to win by three goals to one in Sao Paulo last night. The host nation are up and running, but they only did so with considerable assistance from the rub of the green, and they will have to improve if they wish to find a way past better opposition than that which they faced last night. Meanwhile, protests against the tournament being...

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The 200% World Cup: Brazil vs Croatia – Live!

No pressure, Brazil, no pressure. Thoughts inevitably turn to 1950, when FIFA’s peculiar decision to have a group stage for the final round of the competition left Brazil – hosts then, as now – needing a draw from their final match against Uruguay to win the competition. So it was that over 199,000 turned out at the Maracana and saw the host nation take the lead, before freezing and allowing Uruguay to win the competition for a second time. This loss turned out to be a psychological scar that some say the country never quite recovered from, even though...

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