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Plus ça Change: The High Court Damning Of Coventry City

When the verdict was delivered at the High Court in London earlier this week, it couldn’t have been done so in a more emphatic manner. Contrary to the many public statements on behalf of the club over the last few months or so, Mr Justice Hickinbottom ruled that Coventry City Council had not acted “irrationally” in refinancing a loan taken out by the owners of the Ricoh Arena, ACL, at the start of last year, and that this loan didn’t, as the club had previously claimed, breach European State Aid law. These verdicts, however, were not the only bad...

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The 200% World Cup: Brazil vs Colombia – LIVE!

Soccer! It’s back again and the hosts are in action. This is no doubt terribly exciting for the loyal support but not necessarily so for us, because Brazil have stunk the place out so far, or at least been terribly disappointing. Their test today is a stern one, against everyone’s favourite South American team from this tournament. Colombia have been dazzling, aggressive and potent, as well as possessing the outstanding player of the World Cup James “James” Rodriguez. The game in Fortaleza promises to be hot hot hot. If that fails, there’s always the weather. We’ll be here from...

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The 200% World Cup: France vs Germany – Live!

Good afternoon, sports fans! It seems like an age since we were last on the case over the 2014 World Cup finals, but we’re at, what I have come to understand is known as, the “business end” of the tournament. So, what will happen? Will sangfroid and caution win out over flair and imagination? Can the excellence of the matches that we have seen so far really continue now that the stakes are starting to rise? France and Germany, of course, have a history, most notably the infamous semi-final match played in Seville in 1982 when the West German...

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The 200% World Cup: I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You

In some respects, it’s a blessed relief to get a little respite from the World Cup. If nothing else, it has been emotionally draining. The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of unprecedented excitement, of matches that have shifted their shapes before our very eyes, and while there may have been some disappointment at the outcome of many of the Second Round matches, there have been points over the last two weeks when it has felt as if every one of our emotions has been tugged at by a game that, in its very simplicity, offers what what...

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The 200% World Cup: The USA vs Belgium – Live!

I’m struggling to think of a harder working team than the USA in this tournament, sports fans. They may not be the most technically accomplished team playing this summer, but they certainly put in a full ninety minutes in every match that they play, and I even suspect that there’s a chance that they might edge past Belgium this evening. Food for thought time – there hadn’t, prior to the start of this tournament, been a quarter-finalist from the CONCACAF region since the USA were beaten at that stage by Germany in 2002. This year, if the USA win,...

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