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The 200% World Cup: Artist’s Impression number 5

Goalkeepers win, and lose, football matches. There’s no other position quite like it and one of the key reasons that goalkeepers are a different breed from the rest of us. Taller, if nothing else. And with big hands. Big meaty hands. Hairy old meat. This old truism was proven once again last night. Mexico’s multiple-fingered custodian Guillermo Ochoa had a magnificent game against the host nation, winning a deserved draw for the Central American team. A result against Croatia now seems likely to put his side into the knockout phase. However, Igor Akinfeev of Russia had an absolute stinker. Several times...

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The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast, Day 6 – Brazil Misfires

It’s difficult to imagine from the outside what the pressure on a host nation can be like at a World Cup finals. Host nations that might otherwise have not won the tournament have done previsely that before, and the pressure on Brazil is surely only pushed up a couple of levels because of the nation’s heritage in this competition. Last night, the pressure started to tell a little as Brazil played out a lifeless goalless draw against Mexico in a match during which the hosts never fully came to life and might even have lost it in its closing...

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The 200% World Cup: Brazil vs Mexico Live! In MS Paint!

Good evening one, and good evening all. Tonight, we will be bringing you yet another live blog, this time of the Group A match between Brazil and Mexico, and we’ll be doing it with a twist. According to the French mathematician Emile Borel, if you give an infinite number of monkeys an infinite number of typewriters, one of them will come up with the complete works of Shakespeare. We like to think that it’s a philosophical point that we prove on a daily basis here a 200%, but it does prove something significant – that words are easy, especially...

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

Football hipsters will be refilling their tankards with a favourite craft ale, neatly combing their beard and nervously smoothing down their lucky Keegan-era Hamburger SV shirt this afternoon, as the most extravagantly hyped dark horse team in World Cup history step into the fray. Belgium are the latest in a long line of international teams to be able to declare a golden generation of players, boasting European stars like Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard all looking to make a name for themselves on the global stage. However, the Red Devils are by no means reliant on a handful of superstar players....

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